As many of you have read, I will be running my first 50 mile Ultra this fall. Somehow, without even knowing, a small group of dreamers were born and now we travel down a new adventure of life. Every weekend I hit the trails with these ladies and as we share our lives one laugh at a time our bond becomes stronger without any effort. It has been become a therapy somehow and I for one love it. How lucky can a person be to find true committed friends that you can count on no matter what?!
With a lot of reading and some consulting from other experienced distance runners we have come up with a plan. Example of each week:
Monday – off or light workout
Tuesday – short run
Wednesday – short run
Thursday – short run
Friday – off
Saturday – long run (trail)
Sunday – at least half the distance or more of long run
I will also incorporate upper and lower body resistance training 3 times a week with core work 4 times a week. A new addition I have made is the purchase of a Yoga cd. This cd is geared toward runners and cyclist. Having done this for a week now I am pleased to already see improvements on my ability to actually hold some of the poses.
On the food front – I am back to calorie counting. By this I mean that I am back to making sure I reach my calorie needs for each meal and snacks to make up my 5 to 6 meals daily. Also paying close attention to the fluid intake again. My true test is on the weekends so wish me luck. With the back to back longer runs I will have to make all of this work in order to sustain the energy I will need.
Lastly, I have expressed the possibility of canceling my current gym membership. Tomorrow my husband and I will tour another facility close by. If this works it will provide more flexible operating hours and group class options that will be benefit my needs.
On a final note I want to praise my husband for the awesome 5 mile run down town with me and two of our friends last night. We tackled hills and heat but in the end it was one of our better runs. Way to go SCOTT!!
Quote of the day:
“A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
Thank you all for following along with me on this adventure. This is living!!