20 weeks, just like that. Less than a month and I will be toeing that Golden Ultra start line! I’m nervous…but excited. I had a pretty high-mileage week – a lot higher than usual because my Saturday long run from week 19 got pushed to Monday. I basically had three long runs this week which is crazy for me but from here on out, my mileage will be decreasing. I love a good taper!
Monday: 13.5 miles
Tuesday: 6 miles
Wednesday: 30 minute circuit training without with Samsung and Myodetox Performance
Friday: 6.22 miles
Saturday: 19 miles
Sunday: 19 trail miles
TOTAL: 63.72 miles –> 102.5 kilometres
This is the first time that I’ve ever run 100km in a week..and it will probably never happen again. My favourite run happened yesterday with my friend Gemma at Hockley Valley. She is a beast on the trails and invited me to join her on one of her weekend adventures. I knew that I had to get back-to-back long runs in so I tagged along for 19 miles on some intense trails (took us just over 5 hours)! I wish we had trails closer to the city so that I could have trained on them more but all the good ones are a bit of a drive away. It took us about an hour to get to Hockley. So worth it though.
It was a lot harder than I expected but it was just what I needed. I know BC is going to be even tougher so although I didn’t get that much trail running in (read: one run), I somehow feel a little better about the whole concept of running on that kind of terrain. I’m not trying to win the race, I just want to finish it and I feel a bit more confident about it after this weekend. I’m so thankful that I had Gemma with me. I was able to learn a lot from her in regards to tackling uphills, downhills, fuelling, and all that fun stuff. Note: always bring more water than you need. I had to steal some out of her bladder because I was dying. I’m going to go buy an extra bladder for my hydration vest today! The two bottles weren’t enough.
All I could think about during the last 5K was walking into the nearby gas station and buying multiple beverages. It honestly didn’t even feel that hot but we were completely soaked to the point where we could wring out or clothes. It felt sooo good to change into dry clothes and pick up some drinks. Anyone else crave pop after a tough run?
Such a great day. I’m super sore today so I’m looking forward to resting and getting some work done.
Question for anyone who can help – I didn’t fall yesterday (came close a couple times), but I did trip and roll my ankles quite a bit. I’m not sure if this is just because I’m inexperienced or if it has anything to do with my shoes. I bough a pair of HOKAs back in the spring and they are comfortable but my feet are super narrow and the shoes are made pretty wide. I felt my feet moving around a lot while I was running despite tying my laces nice and tight. I’ve worn the shoes several times before yesterday but never noticed because my runs have been on smooth terrain (road) and my feet don’t shift as much. If the problem is with my shoes, is it too late to look for another pair? Probably. What if I wear them for every. single. run. from now until race day to break them in? Help.
Have a great Monday!