The past two days I have partaken in copious amounts of exercise and my body is telling me to sleep. Of course, I have a few other big responsibilities I have to do, first, so while I finish them, I blog.
The Ragnar Relay is coming up quick. Oct 21-22. I have wanted to start training twice a day at least one day a week to get myself better prepared for running 3 times in 24 hours... and this week was the first week that I was able to do it. I ran 5 miles on Monday morning, then ran 5 miles on Wednesday (yesterday) morning at 5am. Then I ran 3 miles Wednesday afternoon at 4pm. Then I ran 3 miles on Thursday morning at 5:30am. I wanted to just run them all at recovery pace (10-11 min/mile) and just get ease my body into the idea of running more often.
Well, after a burner of a workout on Monday, my pacing was still a little fast and on Wednesday I ended up running my 5 miles at just above 9:00 pace and my 3 miles at 9:30 pace. That was faster than I wanted.
So, naturally, I was a little tired on Thursday morning (today) and ran my 3 miles at 10:30 pace. Fortunately, my last leg of the relay will be a long downhill, so even if I am a little tired, the terrain should be kind to me.
I plan to continue this little plan for the next two weeks and hopefully 3 weeks of this extra training will still show some benefits even though it's so close to race time.
And then there was Thursday at work. I have been helping to GPS some planned new trails on the forest, recently, and that's been great for a few reasons. I've been able to get out of the office (my job is 99% a desk job), I've been to go up to the mountains where it's cooler, and I've been able to get in a bunch of extra exercise with all the hiking.
So, trail hiking can be challenging on different levels depending on the trail, however it doesn't light a candle next to hiking trails that don't even exist, yet. We spend the whole time bulling our way through the thick underbrush of Serviceberry, Manzanita, Mountain Mahogany, etc, where someone will later come and clear a nice path for hikers to hike on unimpeded. It is very slow going and it took us 4.5 hours to GPS 3.5 miles of trail.
Yes. 4.5 hours of hiking. That's 270 glorious fitness minutes. But, we only made it 3.5 miles.
That doesn't include the 20 minutes and half a mile of extra hiking to find my phone after the thick brush stripped it from my belt. I thought it was a goner, but to my relief, we eventually found it right where I thought it would be (but still had a hard time seeing it in all the bushes).
So, that's 4.5 hours of hiking to go 4 miles. SparkPeople's fitness tracker doesn't even have a pace that slow and instead calculated it out using 30 min/mile pace. Heh.
So, if you're counting at home, That's 8 miles in (46:30+27) 73 minutes on Wednesday, 3 miles in 31 minutes and 4 miles in 4.5 hours on Thursday. That's approximately 375 fitness minutes in two days!
I was feeling pretty good up until the 4.5 hours of hiking. Now I am scratched up and exhausted. I've got my shower in, and now I'm about done with this blog. Hopefully in 5 minutes I will be sleeping soundly. Hopefully someone will help make sure it's a full night sleep. *cough*
Even though I could use a day of rest, there's the possibility of more hiking, tomorrow. All things considered, I'll take all the hiking I can get! More hiking, please!
Addendum: I forgot to mention that I ended Thursday by going to Physical Therapy for my shoulder for an hour from 5-6! At 4, when I got back to the office, I was ready to fall over. But, I still had to do a hour of PT! At least PT is mostly upper body work as opposed to the hiking which is all legs. So, I guess you could say I got a whole day, full body workout!