7 weeks until the Berryman 50
This week was a heavy week of training – for me anyway. I have two weeks of 50+ miles and one week of mid-30 miles. I run 5 days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. To date this pattern has worked out better than last year.
I found myself exhausted last year in training for a 50k. I would mountain bike on some Wednesdays in place of running.
This year I’ve been feeling great. Each year I feel stronger and more attuned to my body.
On Saturdays, I’m hosting training runs below the dam on the community trail in preparation for the April 26th Screaming Eagle Ultra. What better way to bring local runners together and practice the course! I arrived shortly after 6:00 am. loaded my pockets with my gear, slipped on my headlamp and off I ran.
It was a huge mental boost to be on a different course than all my usual runs. No traffic to be weary of. No dogs. It gets better—
On my second lap I pass Kyla (going the opposite direction). Another runner had arrived to train. I re-filled my Simple Hydration bottle, dropped my iPod and headed in her direction.
She had a good pace. We ran and talked two laps before she needed to leave for family commitments. My Garmin showed 13 miles complete – I had 11 more go. I plugged the iPod buds in my ears to make the remaining laps bearable.
Mile 17 is always a rough bump. It improves then the lactic acid burns in the muscles at 20 miles. I want a big gooey pizza at mile 22. Husband calls at 23 miles to ask how much longer am I going to be gone. I cut through a service road and did a mini lap to finish 24.6 miles.
I tried Hammer electrolyte tablets because I was getting a headache. After returning home I ate a big (late) breakfast. I wore compression thigh-high stockings the rest of the day. And I have to say I feel very good — even without a post run nap. Here’s to another 10 miles tomorrow.
[My run fuel: a banana, homemade trail mix (chopped peanuts, chocolate chips, raisins, dried pineapple), and Clif Shot electrolyte. Post run: one banana, 3 scrambled eggs, toast, and large glass of skim milk.]