Training weeks 5 and 6
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Life is just an endless cycle of busy some times. The past two weeks has been a mix of fun and work and more work. Some vacation time, which was enjoyable and much needed, nothing too exciting but a chance to "not work".
Work is such a dirty word. I am super grateful that I can work and do have a job to go to. On top of that, I really do like my job too. Between work at work, work at home and training for the race, I am cramming! But I am getting it done. (Barely)
My asthma has not let up and the doctor say's to me, "I am not sure what to do with you, I have never treated anyone with asthma that wants to do extraordinary things like you do. This Schuylkill County, nobody does that here." LOL! He is right, but let me be the first to expand your knowledge! Some think Asthma is the perfect excuse not to exercise. Not this girl!
So while not having the best of times, I am doing it!
Week 5 (supposed to be a "step back" week)
Run 1 - 3 miles (flat and easy)
Run 2 - 7.25 miles (on the warm side but manageable)
Bike instead - 21.5 miles (some tough hills)
Week 6 (step back up!)
Run 1 - 3.4 miles (hilly, hazy and humid)
Run 2 - 6 miles (drizzle and very humid, breathing bad)
Run 3 - 4.25 miles (very hilly, this run was the most excellent!)
Run 4 - 10.75 miles (a lesson in management)
The training can be a wonderful thing, you learn a lot about your self. My runs range from barely running, do to breathing, to actually feeling like an Olympic Champion! My run 3 and 4 last week were back to back days, which the lesson is don't do. I ran the 4.25 miles out and back with an elevation gain of 723 ft. I did it in 52 minutes! That was my fastest time ever on the mountain, I felt like a champion! I felt good and I went with it! However, the next day was my long slow run. I went 10.75 miles in 148 minutes, yes it was slow. Towards the end I was feeling the drag and achiness of the tough run the day before. Yes, I know better and should not have done this. Other then a little muscle soreness, I managed it and had a rest day yesterday. Today I run!
On another note: it boggles my mind and spirit how I can run such a tough run and feel so good about it only to have the tracker say that I "walked". Obviously it has no idea what I accomplished in elevation! I still feel awesome about it!