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5/23/17 12:19 P

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This morning was our anniversary 5k! You know the story, that since my husband proposed to be during a race, we had a wedding 5k, and now we run together on our anniversary. Really it was an anniversary 4 miler, because that's what was on my training plan. With intervals. 1 mi warm up, 4x200m at a hard effort with 200m recovery, approximately 1 mi cool down. Of course he smoked me. He was running 6 minute miles, where I managed like 8. My left hip flexor is so sore that it felt like I was dragging my leg behind me. But it was lovely to run with my number one running buddy!

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5/22/17 6:58 P

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I am so glad you had a great run! I always dreaded Sunday runs, and while they sometimes hurt, I would feel awesome afterwards. They really prove that you can do it, even when you think you cant.

today was speedwork: 4 X (200m hard, 200 recovery, 200 hard, 200 recovery, 400 hard, 400 recovery) with a warmup and cool down. I felt good for most of it, but the last repeat into the wind was ridiculous. I felt like my legs were moving but I wasnt going anywhere. My hamstring was a little tight this morning so I was worried how I would feel on this run, but I think the yoga I have been doing is helping.

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5/21/17 8:32 P

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The Sunday run continues to mystify me. I was dreading it completely, because my legs were tired and the weather is just godawful today. Sideways, freezing rain. Of course I went out anyway, because if it's on the training plan, I run it. And contrary to all of my expectations, it was great! I felt fast and strong, I must have looked like a psychotic person running in this terrible weather with a huge smile plastered across my face. The Sunday run has become the run that I run for, you know what I mean? I love it. Great run.

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5/21/17 5:10 P

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oh man, that sounds like one tough run. But seriously, you have no idea how much stronger that will make you. think about how you felt, and multiply it by 100. that is how you may feel at some point during your ultra. while training is not supposed to be miserable, the more experiences you can pull from during your race to help get you through the hard spots, the better off you will be. you didnt give up, despite the rain, despite your stomach, and despite the temperature. you still finished what you started to do. that is why I know you will do great during your race.

I ran 5 miles today and then did some yoga afterwards. I can tell my hips and hamstrings are sore from all the speedwork and pounding on the pavement, so an easy run on the trails with yoga was just the thing to make me feel better. hopefully two days of speedwork will continue to be manageable, but Ill see how I feel next week at this time and reevaluate if needed.

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5/20/17 8:54 P

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I totally support the idea of adding cross-training for a day. I swim twice a week and it goes a long way toward mental recovery from all the running. I also love that it builds strength in other areas of my body.

Today was the big 20! I decided to do two 10 mile out and backs, with the glacier as my terminus. I wasn't feeling super confident so I figured it would make it emotionally easier to do it that way. It definitely helped. The last 5 miles were still an utter slog though. I ate something that didn't agree with my stomach and I had an abdominal cramp that just would not quit. Plus, the rain started in earnest, and I wasn't wearing nearly enough clothes, so I was freezing. By the end, I was just staring at my feet, doing nothing more than moving one in front of the other. It was tough. I cried at the end out of sheer relief that it was over.

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5/20/17 3:25 P

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6 easy miles today and they felt so slow after all the speedwork this week. I waited until most of the rain had cleared and enjoyed a run with no one on the trail. I guess the rain scares people away! yesterday I opted for some strength training instead of a run. I may continue to substitute an easy running day for some other activity since I found that I do enjoy that from time to time and have really benefited from all the additional core and hip stability work Ive been doing.

those hill repeats sound tough! but you will be ready for your ultra!

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5/19/17 12:38 P

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I'm so with you! Chris Cornell was such a huge talent and his loss (especially so young and under such terrible circumstances) is awful. My husband and I spent some time revisiting the Seattle grunge scene last night and it was sad to realize that we're now of the generation that's losing its idols.

I went out for an easy effort last night and did 4.6 miles of zipline hill repeats. It's about a third of a mile up, but a 500 foot elevation gain. I think I just wanted the headspace of a hard run. My legs are angry about it today though.

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5/18/17 2:03 P

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great news that you dont have a fracture! I bet you feel really relieved. that is too bad that the Altras are not working for you, but Im sure youll find something that does. are you wearing a more cushioned trail shoe, or one with a rock plate? I switched my trail shoe in the middle of training because I noticed that my feet were hurting a lot more than I was ever used it, and it was simply because of the terrain. I went to a more cushioned trail shoe and it made a huge difference. additionally the rock plate in mine helped absorb some of the pain I felt from the rocks and climbs.

Today was a speed workout of 4 min on, 3 min off. It was classified as a "hard" effort which is a pace that can be sustained for 10 mins if needed. Other than when I was running into the 35 mph wind gusts, I felt pretty good physically. Emotionally I am so sad about Chris Cornell's death. I was a huge fan, and when I woke up and saw the news, I was so extremely sad. it is weighing on me heavily today, and even running didnt do much to lift my spirits.

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5/17/17 1:31 P

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I hear you on the speed work! It makes my heart feel so good. I did a 6 mile tempo run this morning and felt very good. The sun was shining and it was delightful. I went to see my doctor afterwards to make sure I don't have a stress fracture in the ball of my foot. I don't, so we spent a lot of time talking about what the causes might be. He basically said that if I want to run ultramarathons up the side of mountains, then I need to get used to this pain because it's my foot adjusting to greater elevation gains and different terrain. That's fair. He's going to send me some exercises to strengthen my forefoot. He also suggested that I not run in Altras anymore because they have too much room in the forefoot for me. He pointed out that the blisters was probably proof of that, and of course he's right but I am stubborn.

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5/16/17 7:41 P

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I hope you had a good mothers day as well with your fur babies! sorry to hear that your toe is still bothering you. I definitely think you made a smart decision to swim instead of doing speedwork. speedwork pretty much makes everything feel worse for me!

today was the first day of speedwork on Daniel's Blue plan, and of course it was super hot and windy. I hit the paces I was supposed to, and finished the last one the fastest, so Id call it a win. the blue plan has 2 days of speedwork so Im hoping the next few weeks will be good to work on some speed and build that back up before I focus on distance again. As much as I hate speedwork when Im doing it, I love how I feel afterwards and it makes the time fly by.

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5/16/17 1:37 P

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I did 4 miles in the pool today because my toe ball is still giving me pain. I need it to resolve before Saturday's 20 miler, so I had to sacrifice a speed work day in favor of getting the miles in and resting it a little. Here's hoping it helps, because I am 100% positive that I can't run 20 miles on it in this condition.

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5/14/17 6:59 P

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Nice, damp, fast 8 miles today. I had to stop a couple of times to release my ankle and toes, but I still managed a respectable pace. I'm getting faster! This speed thing works!

Happy Mother's Day, dog mama! Mine is celebrating by nesting in my gross dirty clothes. He's so weird.

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5/14/17 2:02 P

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I think a trail that runs up to a glacier is pretty awesome. I havent seen a glacier since I was younger and drove across the US. Today I was wishing for a glacier since it is so hot out. It is already 80 degrees. my 5 mile run felt brutal in the sun, but I just tried to take it slow and not overheat myself too much.

I know you were looking into Altras....are you still wearing those? I have heard that they help a lot with foot problems. I know I love mine and dont have any issues, but hopefully the adjustments will help so you can run painfree. Im really lucky that Ive never had any foot problems. All mine are in the hips and hamstrings.

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5/13/17 9:10 P

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Ten miles on one of my favorite trails today. It runs right up to a Glacier. Because it was foggy and misty, I didn't have a great view of it, but it was a lovely run anyway. I saw my chiro about my left foot yesterday and he adjusted it. It felt better immediately, but really was nagging me during this run. He says it's not plantar fasciitis, which is great, and that it should clear up as long as I can keep the bones around my arch in the right place. I might have to go back and see him next week for another adjustment, because the pain was real today. Good run anyway!

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5/13/17 3:11 P

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6 miles today for me and I felt pretty good. a lot of my speed has come back so Id like to think I am fully recovered. It got pretty warm out so now I need to start adjusting to the heat, but I still keep things in perspective...is it harder than the ultra? if the answer is no, which it usually is, then I stop complaining! Right now I cant say that anything I have ever done has been harder than that, so it really helps me remember what "hard" truly feels like.

now that I have put a few weeks between me and the race, I can definitely say that I will do another one. Not for a while, and probably not until next year, but I see another one in my future.

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5/12/17 6:07 P

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oh boy, that sounds exhausting! just focus on how it is preparing you for the ultra. you are getting stronger mentally and physically. that climbing will come back to help you through some difficult times during the race.

I swam..I mean ran 4 miles today. I say swam because pretty much 2 of the 4 miles were underwater and I had to walk through waist deep grass to get around it. my shoes will be taking a day off to dry out. only one more day of my recovery plan and it is on to maintenance. the little to no running was actually a nice break for a change. Im sure Ill miss it in August in the middle of marathon training in 90+ degree temps!

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5/12/17 1:50 P

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I remember reading about Adam Kimble in Runner's World! I love all these folks who run across the country. What an amazing goal. I couldn't even imagine the mental toughness it would take to run 70-plus miles a day. I bet that was a great event!

I did 4.5 miles last night, which I meant to take easy because I have a nagging pain in my left foot, but of course it ended up being really tough. I took a trail by my house that I remembered being very challenging when I wasn't very fit, so I thought it be easy for me now. It was not. It ended up being mostly rock climbing. It took me an hour and 40 minutes to travel 4.5 miles. The second mile alone was more than 1,000 feet of elevation gain up a rock face that was wet with snow runoff. Soooo.... not easy after all.



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5/10/17 8:03 P

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today was a very cold 2 mile walk as part of our forest preserve's wellness wednesday walk. I went to meet a local ultrarunner, Adam Kimble, who ran across the US in 60 days. he lives in CA now but came back in IL and I was SOOO excited to meet him. like I was pretty much a nervous fangirl. he was really inspiring talking about 100 mile races and how he mentally focuses, so I really learned a lot. much better than getting a 4 mile run in.

I am glad your runs are going well Amy. I have to live vicariously through you since I am not doing much of it. and for your vacation, well I think you should just build in an extra week and use that time to run for fun, but not to seriously train. I do the same thing when I have trips and I find I enjoy the vacation much more when I dont feel pressured to run. I love running in new locations, but I dont love leaving my husband or having to get up early, so I just put it on hold. Im sure youll figure it out and make it work for you.

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5/10/17 3:01 P

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5 miles this morning in the sun! We already have enough daylight that I won't see darkness again until September, so I better enjoy it. I've reached that point in my training where I'm running enough distance that warming up takes forever. I didn't feel good this morning until I was 3 miles in, but once I did, I felt great.

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5/9/17 12:48 P

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It's (simulated) track Tuesday! (Because we only have one track in town and it's pay to play.) Hooray! I was dreading my speed work today because of my hamstring, but I ought not have worried because it was really my allergies that were a problem! I was snotting all over the place! I managed my workout, but the snot was real. I spent my "cool down" mile racing the lady from down the street again. I'm such a jerk.

I'm starting to feel a little worried about what's going to happen when we go to Italy. We have a half-marathon on the calendar there, and I know we'll run in every town we visit, because that's what we do. But obviously I'm not going to want to do really long runs on our lovely vacation, especially not when my husband has worked so hard to plan fun outings for us. (Pasta making class! Biking through Tuscany! Snorkeling in Slovenia! Swoon!) I'm trying to think of it like maybe an injured person in training would, like this is a short recovery break? And then ease back into the bigger mileage when we get back? What would you do?

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5/7/17 5:49 P

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Today was one of those runs that make me amazed with what my body can do. I was dreading my 8 mile because my ankle was feeling sore and my right hamstring was so tight. It didn't help that my husband made a huge breakfast, which I obvious could not say no to. I was not excited to run. But then I did and it felt GREAT. My legs felt good and strong, I managed to maintain a good, easy but not effortless pace, and didn't feel fatigued at all. Amazing.

I hear you about the crowded trails and roads. The only thing that's exciting about more people out and about is that there are more adorable dogs to greet.

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5/7/17 5:00 P

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wow, awesome job! 18 miles is tough enough without a road finish! and you will have wonderful recovery some day...and then you will be itching to run again.

I ran 5 today and much like yesterday, I ran too fast and hard but it felt good. sometimes I forget how wonderful it is to run without accumulated fatigue and miles and miles of training in my legs, and I love when it feels effortless to run hard and fast. there are so many people out on the trails now and while Im glad it is nice out, there were some people out today who need a lesson in trail etiquette! sometimes I miss the loneliness of the trails during the winter!

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5/6/17 10:32 P

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I'm so glad you had a good run! It's giving me hope that my recovery (someday) will go so successfully.

I went out and crushed my 18 miler today. I left my house, ran to Perseverance (which is a perfect name for a trail) and ran until the snow line. Then I turned back and ran up Granite Creek trail until the snow line. I headed home and realized I wasn't going to make my mileage, so I tacked on some road miles. My right knee was screaming by the end, but I got there.

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5/6/17 5:30 P

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I think that is the best name for a trail ever. I am so glad you had a wonderful run after a hard week. I felt much the same. I had a stressful day yesterday and todays run felt so amazing. when I dont run for this many days, I get really crabby!

today I went back to the trails for the first time since my race. It felt so good to be back! everything about the run was perfection. I didnt care that my left hamstring felt tight because it felt so good to run and not think about fuel or hydration or what my pace was. I ran for 4 miles and probably could have kept going, but I didnt want to ruin the moment or push myself so I stopped. two weeks later and I feel better about my race. I still have many regrets, but Ive reached a point where I really appreciate what my body did that day and I feel pretty great going into the next period of training in a few weeks.

thanks for the info about the runners world plan. I was looking at those as I figured they would have a good mix of tempo and speedwork mixed with the other runs. Ill have to check those out further.

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5/5/17 1:56 P

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Last time I trained for a marathon, I used a 16 week Runner's World plan that I bought. It was fine. It's hard to evaluate how successful it was because my injury during the race completely blew all of the work I'd done during training. Like, there's no amount of speed work or hills that was going to overcome a dislocated hip. I wouldn't mind trying that plan again to see if it was any good.

This week has been just horrible. Personally, professionally, all around horrible. But yesterday I ran Perseverance Trail and the flume in the sunshine and it filled me with so much joy that this morning really did feel like a new and different day. I was supposed to run 4, but I ran a little more than 5. My husband and I got married on a part of that trail, and I just had to go a little further to pay our spot a visit.

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5/4/17 3:08 P

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we are having crazy wind here too! I am sure 6 miles in crazy wind felt like double!

Cross training for me today and while I am feeling like I want to run more, I am trying to "enjoy" this period of time when I dont have to train for anything. I have to keep reminding myself that it has only been a week and a half since my race and I dont need to be running as much as I want to.

I am still looking at marathon plans for the fall. I decided that the time based plan I was looking at did not really incorporate any tempo runs and that is something I really benefit from. As much as I like Hansons and have had success with it, the thought of doing it again this year really is unappealing. Mostly because every week is the same, and with my new job, I need something a bit more flexible but still has all of the elements of Hansons that I like. Plus it was nice last year that Hansons only had a max long run of 16 miles, after training for my ultra I am not put off by the 20 milers at all. I am looking at McMillan and Lydiard plans. I think for maintenance I am going to use one of Daniels plans but I dont think it is right for actual marathon training. Have you used any of these plans? What do you typically like to use?

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"Now I'll have to drive like everyone else." You're hilarious! Living in a town with no roads, I run many, many more miles every month than I drive. So much so that I resent driving too. I'm like, "Driving? Whine, can't we just run there?"

I admire your vegetarianism! I was a bad vegetarian for many years, but I lived on pasta and breakfast cereal and it was terribly unhealthy. I give up meat every Lent, but living in Alaska it's really hard because we don't have any local farming. There are entire weeks in the winter when there are no vegetables to be had because the barge can't come in. It makes it really difficult to eat a balanced vegetarian diet that doesn't rely on fake meat products (gross).

I managed 6 miles this morning in crazy winds! It was too windy to maintain a good pace or even run at times (lots of standing still and buffeting). My favorite hat flew off on the bridge and traffic was nice enough to stop and let me grab it. Thanks, morning drivers!

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5/2/17 2:30 P

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I am so sorry to hear about your dog and your watch. My dog is pretty much my child, so I cannot imagine how hard watching your dog deal with this is. and maybe it is time for a watch upgrade now!!

I tried for a nice easy run myself but ended up running faster than I should have and could barely finish 3 miles which is hilarious considering what I ran over a week ago. clearly my brain is ready to run hard again but my body is not. I ran to check out the trail that is underwater which is probably at the highest level I have seen. most of the time I love living next to a major IL river, but not in the spring. it will be a while before I can run there again which is a shame because next week I was going to run on it to a park where a local ultrarunner is coming to speak, but now Ill have to drive like everyone else....

I do have the cookbook and have enjoyed many of the recipes. I am a vegetarian which is funny because my husband is not and loves to cook meat, so Ive had to adapt many of the recipes in the book to exclude meat, or have just made the ones that are meatless. I think the last recipe I made was the broccoli chevre soup which was amazing.

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It was really hard to motivate myself to run today. I had a long and exhausting day at work yesterday, and I slept poorly because my dog and his collapsed trachea coughed all night long. Plus, I smashed my Garmin (which broke my heart), and I had like no mental energy to track intervals without some electronic inducement. I expected to run slow, easy miles. But just as I was heading out the door, my neighbor also started her run. Being the competitive jerk I am, I decided to race her. I ended up doing 4 miles at 5k pace. I smoked her and felt really good about that. I also felt great to push my legs a little harder over a longer distance.

If you haven't gotten it yet, you need to get Run Fast Eat Slow, the cookbook by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky. I've made a bunch of the recipes now and they are SO GOOD.

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I know just what you mean! Whenever a run is hard I think, "is this harder than the Portland Marathon?" If the answer is no, then I keep going. That's the race I ran on a dislocated hip that was just so incredibly painful. I imagine there are few runs in my whole life that will top it.

Ten brilliant miles today! It's amazing how easy it felt to run on relatively flat roads after yesterday's scramble. I felt so good and the weather was so perfect. Nothing could get me down, even spilling an entire bottle of Nuun all over myself midway. Bahahahaha. I'm a mess.

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wow, great job Amy! That sounds rough, and after last week, I know rough! Its probably a good idea that you decided to move those 3 miles to another day and let your body rest. It sounds like you worked hard enough for one day!

I ran 3 miles yesterday which was my first run since the race. I felt great! I wasnt sure what to expect and I went super slow, but I really enjoyed the run. The wind was crazy yesterday, but I asked myself, is this really hard, to which the answer was No, not after the race I just ran! Funny how your perspective changes. Today I stayed indoors since it was rainy and cold and did some core work. Now that I got a run in, I want to run all the time, but I am trying to follow the recovery plan that I have and dont want to push it too early, too fast. I did sign up for a 10 mile trail race that I do every July, so it felt good to sign up for something.

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I flipped my runs this weekend so I could run the Spring Tide Scramble. It's only seven miles, so I thought I would add three at the end and round out my plan for the day. But the run was so hard! The first third was a very technical, muddy trail. There was a brief respite on the road before we crossed the wetlands for four miles. The terrain was mixed sea grass, mud, tidelands, beach, and kelp. I was sliding all over the place! I fell down more than once, with no damage. I finished fifth from last, oy. Once I was done, I decided to tack my three miles onto tomorrow's run and give my hip flexors a break. Plus my shoes were muddy and weighed like 25 pounds apiece. I'm pleased to have finished, it was a hard race!

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I did a very pleasant four miles on the trails yesterday. I'm still trying to explore the lower elevations to figure out where the snow line is. This was the same trail I ran three weeks ago that was still snowy in parts, but it's clear now. So we're getting there. I was distracted because I've had an absolutely awful week. Work sucks and my pug was diagnosed with a collapsed trachea, so I had a lot on my mind. I'm debating whether to run a race tomorrow. It's our equivalent of a mud run, so it would be fun but also maybe bad for my hips. I definitely do not want to set myself back, but running with people would be so fun!

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yuck, what jerks! glad that you were able to focus on what made your run great. I personally think speed and tempo runs are still important. While I agree that you dont go that fast during a trail race, I think it helps strengthen your body and when you do run on the road, you notice that you are much faster as a result. Im glad I was able to do the speed runs during my training because it was a nice distraction from all the slow, long runs.

my massage was wonderful, and as my usual girl was on her honeymoon I was referred to another person who is a physical therapist. in addition to the massage, she checked out all my different muscles and she was really surprised that the only area that was out of alignment were my glutes, which is no surprise from all the hills. she did a few things to help get them firing again and it made a world of difference. I can actually walk now without pain and its nice to feel my butt again! It also made me feel good that I didnt mess my body up too much. she was surprised at my quad strength and flexibility so soon after the race, and I was proud that my giant quads are good for something! 30 minutes of yoga today. I am starting to get that itch you were talking about, but I know its still too early to run. it is raining just about every day here, so I dont feel that bad about missing any runs since the weather is so crummy.

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Oh man, massage is the best. My chiro proscribed it for me during training and I went to my first session last Friday. It hurt so good! Enjoy the rest time! You'll miss it when you're deep into training for your Fall marathon. Although, if you're anything like me, after about three days my legs start to feel itchy and I have to run or else I mope and whine.

Today was 5 miles, with three at MP. It feels sort of silly to do tempo runs in training for this race, because I know my pace is going to be blown by the hills and the terrain. But there's a marathon before that and a marathon after and it never hurts to practice maintaining a consistent pace. I got harassed by a couple of drunks dudes shuffling along the sidewalk and it took everything I had not to flip them off. My run otherwise was perfectly delightful and lovely and they were a depressing black mark.

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great job Amy! It is always so satisfying to finish a speed workout. I hate it in the moment, but feel awesome afterwards.

Still resting and I am super sore. The pain has lessened to that of the "day after the marathon" type of pain, and tonight I have my sports massage. I did some yoga today which helped a little, but it will definitely be several more days before I can even think about running. For now I will live vicariously through you!

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4.5 miles of intervals this morning. I did 8x400m, aiming for 7:30 min/mi, although I'm not sure I maintained that very well. My legs and lungs were burning by the end, but I felt great for having finished. It's a recovery week, so I'm excited that my overall mileage will dip down to the low 30s before ramping up again.

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Good for you for hanging in there and finishing! That sounds brutal, but you did it! There may have been no number of hill repeats you could have done to prepare, but you obviously were mentally trained for a hard race, because you saw it through despite how challenging it was. That's just so impressive. And as a person who has finished last in a hard trail race, I can tell you from experience that dead f'ing last beats DNF any day. I'm so pleased for you!

I dutifully did 8 easy miles this morning. I was dreading it because the Sunday runs have been so hard for me. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it felt really good! It was slow but my legs felt great and my side stitch is mostly gone. I think these Sunday runs are like 85% mental training, which as you've proven, is definitely necessary for this distance.

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thank you so much! I am still wrapping my head around all that happened, but overall I am really proud of myself. It was MUCH more difficult than I ever expected, and I struggled big time. The course was a lot more technical than I could have ever dreamed, and the climbs were so steep that no amount of hill work I did prepared me for the climbing. And much as I feared, the looped course really turned into my worst nightmare. I had a bit of a breakdown when I realized I wouldnt make the 8 hour cutoff, and spent the better part of the race racing against the clock and didnt enjoy myself which I now regret. Fortunately for me, the organizers kept the race going so me and one other girl could finish and we are still considered official finishers. I think my greatest fear was not finishing in time and having it "not count" (even though I still ran the distance), but I know I put myself out there and never gave up despite having a horrific time at some points. I fell, multiple times, each loop and every time I fell, it took so much out of me to get back up and keep at it. I think I am more proud of myself for that, than anything else. I seriously keep crying every time I think about crossing the line and having everyone on their feet clapping for me. that meant more to me than any medal or tshirt. Ive never even come close to being the last finisher, and Im always afraid to be the last, but now that Ive come pretty darn close, I have a lot of respect for anyone who still finishes a race despite the time. I saw a lot of people dropped out after me and the last finisher, so Id say we are truly winners for the fact that we never gave up.

Im sure I have a lot of other good advice for you Amy, but for now, Im glad you like the hydration pack. I have NO chafing anywhere on my body from the pack or my clothes, so Id say its a winner.

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Hooray, you're an ultramarathoner! You've worked so hard and been so diligent, it's really an inspiration. Great job! Now eat something why don't you!

I did my own 16 miles run and done! It was so hot and sunny, but I drank lots, made sure to eat enough, and took three stops to refill water and rest. Ok, it was 55 degrees. Which is, I am aware, not really hot, but I still had to take my shirt off to avoid overheating. I tried my new hydration pack and I love it! Thank you for the recommendation!


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Thank you so much Amy! It really means a lot to have the support. I hope you enjoy a nice run on the trails, without side stitches, and think of me! I am so glad you are feeling strong and proud in what you are accomplishing. That is so important and will help keep you in a good mental state.

I ran a 3 mile shakeout and it was hard to keep it easy. After 2 days off, my legs are itching to run. Thankfully I did a few strides at the end which made me feel like I could run like I wanted. I am nervous, but ready. I know its going to be hard, but I really do want this more than Ive wanted just about anything, so I know that alone will carry me to the end. I dont even care if Im the last person to finish..at least then I will finish.



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I was stymied by snowy trails again yesterday! I wish it would rain a little because it would make melting faster. I managed my four miles though, and did some hill repeats up and down the water tower hill. One thing I'm feeling really proud of in this training cycle (so far) is that I really am pushing myself to engage in training that's more difficult than simply pounding out miles on the road. I'm forcing myself to do the hill climbing and the speed work so that I can finish the race.

Speaking of finishing the race, tomorrow is the big day! I'll be cheering you on from Alaska! I cannot wait to hear how it went!

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That's so nice of your office to support you like that! It really does make a huge difference. Everyone I work with is extremely encouraging and lovely too. My office family doesn't complain if I dip out for a run and one colleague even ran the last four miles of my first marathon with me, just for moral support. All the cops I work with wave at me when they see me running and one even brings me donuts so I can "carb-load." There's no world in which a maple bar is running fuel, but it's very sweet anyway.

I hope you're getting enough rest and hydrating and feeling really confident right now! What are you going to wear?!

I did 6 miles this morning, which were supposed to be at race pace, but slowed down a bit because I got a side stitch. I have never gotten them before this year and they're the worst! How does one even deal!? I tried stretching and massaging it, but it just nagged me until I got home.

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Sounds like a rough one! I had speedwork today, and while I had to get up and do it in the dark, it wasnt too horrible. Today was only 4 repeats of 5 min on, 1 min off, and I found it tolerable. Now I get 2 days of rest, and its just a quick 3 easy miles on Friday to shake out my legs.

Today my manager hosted a pasta lunch for me, which was super nice. Even though I dont really carb load this early, it was a really nice gesture and it felt good to have the support. Talking about the race to everyone was making me so excited!

I am sorry to hear you were having some bad runs and beating yourself up. Its hard sometimes to not compare yourself to others, or to yourself a year ago. I see a lot of runners struggle with this. I was doing it yesterday, seeing all the posts about Boston. I dont think I will ever qualify and sometimes that really sucks! But we work just as hard, and have just as much heart.

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Today was speed work and boy, the weather did not make it easy. It was so windy and dusty! I did a mile up, 90 second intervals with 30 seconds recovery, a mile down, 4.5 miles total. The half mile was only because my interval app on my watch was measuring in km, and I realized that it's been so long since I ran a 5k that I don't even know how to do km math anymore. Let's be real, running and swimming are the only reasons I have a working understanding of the metric system.

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What a coincidence that you should bring up the dark side this morning because I was definitely there today. I did 6 miles and on the way out, I was really beating myself up. I was criticizing how slow I am, and how weak my legs felt, and how other better runners would be doing it better. I was feeling really low! But on the way back, my legs loosened up and I started feeling a little better. I realized that yesterday's run was TOUGH. It's the kind of run that lots of runners would be afraid to try. I need to give myself credit for finishing yesterday's run and getting back out there this morning, slow or not. I also become a complete bitch on hard runs, but it's always directed toward myself, so husband is safe. Good luck to you guys, though! These dudes of ours are kind of amazing for how supportive they are.

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wow, that sounds crazy! I really admire your perseverance to get it all done..the miles, the court hearings, the call! It really shows how committed you are.

Today was an easy 4 miles and Im glad I kept it at 4 instead of 5 since I was feeling tired after yesterday's run. My hamstrings are starting to get sore, so I am thinking I may skip the speedwork this week and just stick to the easy runs. The last thing I need are tight hamstrings on race day. Otherwise I am feeling ready. Some days I wonder if I did enough physical training, but mentally I feel that I am prepared. I have had some really horrible runs where I was in a bad place mentally, so I know what to expect. I know I will hit "the dark side" at some point but I am no longer scared of going there. I know how to pull myself out. I plan to fully warn my husband about this so he knows what to say if I come into the aid station a complete bitch and that he shouldnt take it personally! Im not sure who is more nervous about race day..me or him!

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One week! You're going to do great! You have trained so hard and you're totally ready, I just know it.

Today was 14 miles and they took FOREVER. My plan was to head out from up, run up the Flume Trail to Perseverance, up two miles, and then head back with a stop at my office to get water refills. Of course my plan went awry when I found the trail I planned for to be socked in with snow and ice. So I changed the plan and did a little spur up and down Mt. Roberts. These are all trails on the course so it's good to get some practice on them. Unfortunately, I had a ton of court hearings and had to slow down considerably to get them all done. Then I had to have a 20 minute FaceTime call with an officer to consult on a case. This is my job and I love my job but it seriously cramps my training. All told, I did 2700 feet of elevation. Not too shabby! But it took three hours with all the breaks. Ugh.

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one week! today called for an 8-10 mile run, and I went with 10. It was 83 degrees which is just crazy for April, but I almost didnt care that I was hot because it was so beautiful out. It is amazing how easy 10 miles feels after all these 18-22 milers, and I simply enjoyed going slow and taking my time on the trail. I cant believe this time next week, I will have (hopefully!) finished my first 50k.

the plan calls for 4 days of running before the race, but I plan to see how I feel and take an extra day of rest if needed. Because I did the max today, I might shave a mile or two off the scheduled 5 miler tomorrow just to make sure I arrive on race day with fresh legs. I also plan to work on my race day list and food list for my husband to make sure that everything is ready in advance of next saturday. so much to do! but so exciting. I am not even worrying about the weather...looks like rain but at this point, it is what it is!

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wow that does sound insane! I am sure with all your training, that you will do great. I am of the same mind..I dont care if I finish right before the cut off - I WILL finish. I listened to a podcast recently that talked about how wanting something is not enough. we have to believe that we will do it. I honestly was scared signing up for a 50k because I really didnt know if I could do it. I wanted to, but I wasnt so sure I believed in myself. I definitely believe in myself now, but thats the best part of doing something outside of our comfort zone. We might fail. We might not finish, or might finish after the cutoff. but how would you know unless you try? I give you all the more credit for taking on something you are not sure you can finish in time, but are still going to do it anyways.

Today was 3 easy miles on a partially flooded trail so I had to walk a bit. I followed this with more core work, which I am definitely noticing an improvement with. and the best part of today is MY MASSAGE!!! I cannot wait until this afternoon.

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Oh, I assure you I'm not sustaining 6:30 min/miles for five whole minutes! I absolutely do not have that capacity. Maybe someday though!

That sounds like a lovely course, nice and varied! I'm of two minds on a looped course. On one hand, it's nice to have predictability and know what to expect. On the other hand, it can get tiresome. That's my experience when I loop the trail near my house anyway. The course I'm training for is INSANE. It's 5,000 total elevation gain, encompassing five different technical trails. It also has a firm cutoff time of 7.5 hours. I've been running the math and, knowing how long it's taken me to run each of those trails individually, I should just be able to make that, but it all entirely depends on how long it takes to run Mt. Roberts, which is the steepest portion of the race. I genuinely do not know if I can finish this race.

But by god, I sure am going to try! I ran the trail by my house this morning, including the hill up to the terminus of the zip line, which is so steep and so painful. It was 4 miles total. The nice part of the shorter runs midweek is that it makes it easier to practice on the slower, harder trails because it doesn't take as long to cover the mileage overall.

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That sounds miserable, but I like that you feel stronger for it. Some runs just suck in general, but if you only ran when things were perfect, you wouldnt become stronger. I hope your dog gets better soon, and that your next run goes much better.

I took a runch today, and did speedwork. Next week's speedwork is much shorter, so I was thankful that this is the last time I have to do 5 min intervals. I seriously hate them. I never minded speedwork when I was doing Hansons because I felt like the intervals were timed for better recovery. To run 5 min with only 1 min in between is miserable. I am getting faster, so I guess it's working (though not your speedy 6 mins Amy!).

From what I have read online, most of my race is single track. it is promoted as " single track, rolling hills, blossoming spring flowers, open prairie, and pine forest". From what I can tell of the video they made, and bibrave, it can be pretty technical at times. I see people jumping over logs and stuff, and I have read race recaps that say the downhills can be intense. They did not post the elevation change, but one person posted last year's data online and I can see the elevation goes from basically 0 to 900 in the first mile, which I understand is the first major climb you do. Since it is a looped course, I can basically expect this every 5 miles. I am hoping that the loop will work to my benefit as I will quickly know after 1 or 2 loops on what to avoid on the trail, when to slow down, when I can pick up speed, etc. I am getting nervous, but also very excited.

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Well, this morning's run was the perfect storm of suck. I didn't get nearly enough rest last night because I had to go to a dumb work thing so I was home late, and my poor pug has terrible kennel cough and was up all night coughing. The work thing was a bonfire, so my lungs are suffering from smoke exposure. Also, the winds kicked up and it was very cold and there was dust and debris flying everywhere. I got a pine needle in my eye. That being said, I dutifully did my 6 mile tempo run. I hated every second, but I did it, and I'm stronger for it.

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I love an Earth Day race! What's the elevation like on your course? What are the trail conditions? Is it very technical?

I did 4.3 miles this morning with intervals. I got down to a 6:50, but my chest felt like it was going to explode. I also think perhaps it's allergy season, because my nose was running something fierce and my asthma was just THE WORST. Alaska is weird because allergy season starts and there is literally nothing growing, but then everything blooms and turns green all at once, practically overnight. So it's like the canary in a coal mine. My nose was running, therefore spring will spring in maybe another week? Maybe two?

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I feel ya! My plan actually called for a rest day for once, but the weather here is seriously so nice, I felt like I had to get out and do one of my midweek runs today. I ran 5 miles, and while parts of it were rough, I felt better than I did last week. I spent some time doing yoga as well and I feel pretty good despite all Ive done this weekend.

Sounds like you had a great long run despite getting lost (sometimes thats the best part), and Im glad you are working on your fueling and hydration early in your training plan. I seriously think I have spent more time on how to do that more than running a specific pace because you can plan to run whatever pace you desire during the race, but without proper hydration and fueling, its pointless.

My race is the 22nd..earth day! thats honestly why I chose the race. I love being outdoors on the trails, and I cant think of a better way to spend my day, or my first 50k, than celebrating the earth.

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Oy, these day after long run runs are a challenge! I did 5 miles this morning, they were definitely slow. My hamstrings and ankles felt tight, so I had to stop a couple of times and stretch it out. I can totally understand why this run is so important to the training. It's hard to teach your mind and your legs to run when they're tired!

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We both had great runs! I'm so pleased! I was definitely nervous about 12 miles but, as always, my legs were capable of more than I give them credit for. I ran in my new, appropriately sized Newtons and I loved them. I made sure to eat and drink enough and never felt fatigued. I did get lost on the trails at the tail end, so my pace plummeted while I picked my way through packed snow, ice, and bog. It was definitely frustrating but that's spring running in alaska.

Enjoy your taper! Try not to lose your mind! Remind me of the date of your race again? I'll be cheering you on from afar!

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We both had great runs! I'm so pleased! I was definitely nervous about 12 miles but, as always, my legs were capable of more than I give them credit for. I ran in my new, appropriately sized Newtons and I loved them. I made sure to eat and drink enough and never felt fatigued. I did get lost on the trails at the tail end, so my pace plummeted while I picked my way through packed snow, ice, and bog. It was definitely frustrating but that's spring running in alaska.

Enjoy your taper! Try not to lose your mind! Remind me of the date of your race again? I'll be cheering you on from afar!

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I hope you had an awesome run Amy! Pretty soon 12 will feel like nothing again!

Today was my last long run...18 miles. I rocked this run. I felt so great the entire time. It was really warm out (over 70 degrees) so I adjusted my hydration and drank more frequently, and I felt amazing. The last time I was at this specific trail, I fell apart. I felt like I needed to return to it to show myself just how far I have come since that 15 mile run. it was that run that made me realize I didnt know anything about proper fueling and hydration despite having run 2 marathons. I think I passed the test today, and it was the perfect way to end this training cycle. I hate when the last long run goes bad and then you worry about it the entire taper. I dont know how the race will go, but I think I have really worked out most of the kinks with all these long runs.

And so begins the taper! I have never wanted to taper more in my life.

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Hooray, trail running! I picked a low elevation trail to test out and see what the snow and ice conditions are. It was mostly melted, with small patches of slushy snow and very little ice. Lots and lots of mud, though, which was problematic because I didn't wear my trail shoes so it was a slippery run. I loved it anyway. Five lovely miles, feeling anxious about tomorrow's 12. I haven't run that far since last October. Yikes.

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that sounds wonderful Amy! I am so glad you got relief. I dont know what I would do without my monthly massage. I am going next week and I seriously cannot wait.

Well I was correct about the weather, and I did my speedwork during my lunch today since I was working at home. Yesterday morning it was raining with 50 mph winds, and the last thing I wanted to do was fall in the dark or get sick right before my race. I doubt that missing a 3 mile run is going to make or break my race, especially if I had gotten injured or sick as a result. I stayed indoors and worked on hip strengthening which is just as hard in my opinion.

I never used to be flexible with the schedule. But over time I have found that the best way to be successful is to be flexible. I typically look at my schedule at the beginning of the week and move things around based upon days I can work from home or days I know that will have bad weather. I still try to keep to the basic principles of the plan in that for example, Hansons plan you should never do the speedwork and tempo back to back. You need a rest day. Similarly, I would never do the speedwork I did today right before my 18 miler on Saturday. But otherwise I find that if I set myself up to succeed by scheduling runs on days I know I have the time or that the weather will be good, I have no excuses. I find that this has been easier with the ultra plan than Hansons which is so regimented that I dont know if I could have been this flexible with it, which is why I am considering using something else for the Chicago marathon. I loved the plan, but where my life is right now, I dont know if it will be right for me. I think you just have to do the best you can, and not beat yourself up for missing a run or moving things around.

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Hamstring soreness takes so long to resolve. I tightened my hamstring significantly because I had to wear high heels for work every day a couple weeks back and they're still suffering. I hope today is better! What has been your method for adjusting the training plan/unplanned rest days during your training? I'm usually such a stickler about sticking to the plan, to the detriment of my physical and emotional health. I'm wondering if flexibility might make me stronger, especially considering that I'm on an extra long training program.

I did 6 miles this morning in the rain. They were fine. My legs were sore from yesterday's effort; in addition to speed work in the morning, I did a million squats and lunges after work. So I felt a little sluggish. I went to see my chiropractor about the soreness and pain in my shoulder girdle. He adjusted my ribs and it was like immediate relief. I could even feel myself breathing better. He prescribed massages too, hooray.

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woohoo that is fast! I love doing speedwork to see just how fast you can be if you put your mind to it. and you wont be disappointed with those rice bars...they are so delicious. way better than a gel. I agree, gels are so nasty after about the second one.

3 easy miles this morning and some core work. I am struggling to recover this time around after the long run. I felt slow and my hamstrings are sore, so the 3 miles felt like 6. I have speedwork tomorrow but I might hold off another day on that until my legs feel better. unfortunately we have snow coming...ugh. I just want to be done with that.

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Great tips, thank you! I just bit the bullet and ordered that pack because I need to start training with it stat. The race I'm running is mostly unsupported because there's nowhere to put aid stations on these trails, so I think it'll be good to have a pack that can both contain a larger water bladder and smaller bottles, just so I can see which one makes more sense. It's funny you should mention those mango rice cakes, because I saw the recipe on Running on Veg and immediately thought I would try them. They look DELICIOUS. I want to rely less on gels this go around, because I find the process of eating them to be completely disgusting, and they always taste really, really wrong to me after a certain mileage. Like chocolate ones taste like concentrated beef broth once I've been running long enough and I can't even with that.

This morning's 4 miler was great! Birds chirping, the smell of spring in the air! I did intervals and managed to get down to a 6:30 min/mile, so I CAN run fast, I just choose not to. That's actually really good to know!

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yes, it sucks Amy! I ran a very slooooow 7 recovery miles and they were painful. I did not enjoy the run at all and wanted it to be over. And I was starving the whole time. I am never starving right after a long run, always the next day. I am glad that you still go out there anyways Amy and this will help set a precedent that you can keep going once you hit the longer runs.

Ive been using the Ultimate Direction Jenny Jurek pack and I love it. it is this one: https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Direction-
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I notoriously hate fuel belts and was worried I would hate this pack, but I love it. I chose it because I did not want a bladder as the race I am doing is cup free, so they will fill your hydration bladder every time you come to the aid station and I dont want to have to unzip and pull a bladder out. I also like this one because it has two bladders, and I can carry plain water in one, and Nuun in the other. What I have been doing is drinking water when I take in a gel or fuel, and then sipping on the electrolytes every 2 miles. I have found that keeps my stomach happy, and yesterday which was a warmer run, I felt like I was staying hydrated enough. I have always been horrible with hydration and I was so dehydrated during the Chicago marathon that I spent too much time drinking water at every aid station, sometimes 2 cups worth.

The pack is really light weight and I dont feel weighed down by it. there is a lot of storage in it. naturally the water does slosh around and make noise when the bladders are full, but there is little bounce. The pack is also very adjustable as it is meant to fit a woman's body, and I like that I can adjust it in certain places more than others. whatever pack you get, I recommend getting one that is gender specific as I feel like the men's packs are assuming a flat chest.

and fuel. I have been moving further away from gels and more towards real food. each long run I have tried something new. The rice bars I make are AWESOME and those really help. here is the link to those: http://www.runonveg.com/recipes/the-long-r
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I also like girl scout cookies, almonds, Gu stroopwaffles, and peanut butter pretzels. Ive been alternating between a gel and real food every 4 miles. I can tell when I need something real in in my stomach because I start feeling hungry and my energy gets low, and then I know I need to eat something of substance. I have been listening to a lot of podcasts with Sunny Blende and she basically says you need to practice eating until you are almost sick. then you know the max amount of calories you can eat in an hour. I think for me this is about 250, but I feel good in the 180-200 range.

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Nice work, Heather! Will you tell me more about your hydration and fueling? I'm historically bad about that too so I'd be interested to know what is working for you! Also what hydration pack are you using? I need to find one I like but I hate running with gear on!

I knew I was going to dread running the day after my long run and I was right. Yesterday was only 9 miles and today was only 4, so how much am I going to hate it when I'm doing 10 miles the day after running a marathon!?

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I saw your post about the guy and that is horrible! Ive taken to wearing my knife where it is visible because I just want people to know that cant f with me! I am sorry you had to deal with that. I still will never understand why some men think that women running is an invitation to comment.

And I agree with you on the determination. Half of the battle is mental. actually what I have learned too is that once you are running on fumes, it affects your mental state as well. now that I have been playing around with food choices on the trail, I have noticed a huge difference in my mental state when I am fueled and feeling good. Although today I got some horrified looks as I seriously tore into my rice bar around mile 16 like a savage. It was getting soft since we had some warm weather and the only way I could eat it was holding it to my mouth and shoving it in!

So 20 miles done. It went well I was 9 minutes faster than my last 20 miler on the same trail, and Id like to think that it has to do with finally nailing down my nutrition, hydration, and just generally getting stronger.

and I know we have talked about Altras on here. I switched shoes mid run today and tried out the Olympus which have more cushioning. They were amazing. My knee pain went away and I felt so much better. Guess I need to keep breaking these in until race day.

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One thing I've learned in my running life is that a training plan only gets you, like, maybe 80% of the way to the finish line. Determination and sheer stubbornness gets you to the end. So I'm 100% positive that you're going to do great, because you apparently have determination and stubbornness in spades! I will look into that book, thank you for the recommendation!

I studiously did my 4 miles yesterday. I wanted more from them; I wanted some hill work or a trail or SOMETHING. But the trails are icy messes right now, so I just took it to the hilliest road in town and did my best. I messed up my neck and shoulder something fierce, so I'm praying from a chiro appointment before the weekend is out because it's seriously limiting my range of movement. Oh, oh, I also got chased and catcalled by a scary dude! That was AWESOME. He was chasing me down yelling at me, "Hey, baby! I love your body! Hey baby, stop that ass!" Thankfully, I was faster and had more stamina than he did and outran him. I guess I need my mace again.

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I totally agree about the plans Amy! If you have not already read it, I recommend Jason Koop's book: Training Essentials for Ultrarunning: How to Train Smarter, Race Faster, and Maximize Your Ultramarathon Performance. I enjoyed this book for the fact that it doesnt have a plan that says on this day, do X. He talks about important workouts that should be part of a plan, but the whole book is based around the fact that we are individuals and need different things from a plan. That is basically why I combined the best of 3 plans that work with my life right now. Who knows if it will have prepared me enough for the race.. that is yet to be seen. But I do know that I have learned more about myself this training cycle than any other, because I am following something I tailored for myself.

Today was 3 easy miles with some core work. I am gearing up for 20 miles again on Saturday, so I am thankful for the easy miles.

We had major rain here too and everything is flooded. I am happy that spring is coming...but wish we could just have nice weather for once!

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In researching, I found that ready-made 50k plans are few and far between, so I took the only 20 week plan I could find and modified it to fit my schedule a little bit better. Things get hairy in the beginning of June because we're going to Europe, but I switched some long runs around and, given that this plan calls for like six 20+ milers, I feel confident that it'll be enough distance. The plan I found did not include any speed/hill/pace work, which I know isn't going to work for me because I need to get faster and practice on the mountains. My race has more than 5,000 feet of elevation gain and a firm 7.5 hour cutoff time, so I have to really get confident on the uphill to make that goal.

I looked at a time based training plan for my September marathon before I decided to run the 50k and it's an interesting concept. I really wonder whether I would be emotionally prepared to run a marathon by training that way. I'm stubborn enough that my body will do anything I make it do, as long as I mentally believe I can do it.

Today was 6 miles in a drizzle. I've never been so happy to have rain. It means spring is coming. Time to pick up the pace and shake off these slow winter legs. There's a 10k this weekend that I'm considering but I know that I would be the slowest slowpoke out there so I don't know that my ego can take it.

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I totally get it Amy. When you are training for something, you feel committed to the mileage for that day. Some people can do that when they are not training for something, but I am not one of them.

What plan are you using to train? Enjoy the lower mileage while you can! My plan has relatively low mileage during the week and at first I felt like I was barely running compared to a marathon plan, but once the weekend hits, all I do is run. I was reading a book as well that indicates that if you are running at least 6 hours a week, 6 weeks before your race, you are doing enough. I am definitely doing enough! I do like the shift in mentality from "miles" to time. I am actually reconsidering doing Hansons again for my fall marathon and moving to a time based plan.

Today was my last hill workout, and I made it count. It was a 1-3-5-7-3-1 min hill workout, and I almost threw up at the end of the 7 min uphill. I checked my times for each run segment and I got faster each one, so Id say it was successful. I do have two more weeks of speedwork, but I am glad this was the last hill workout. My taper starts in 2 weeks, and it cant come soon enough. Next week is going to be a hard week as it is the last real week of training, and I am trying to be positive but it looks scary!

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The flipside of the relief that comes from being on a training plan is that, at least in the beginning, it's a big step down in mileage! My mid-week runs max out at 6 miles for the next couple of months. Today was 4 miles on the plan. Usually it's not even worth the laundry to do less than 6. I can't wait for the trails to clean up a little so I can start making better use of those short runs with hills and technical training, instead of just pounding out miles on the road.

Heather, when does the taper start for you? Your race must be closing in!

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I admit that the part of the ultra plan I'm using that makes me the most nervous is the day after long run runs. I am so used to resting the day after! It's so daunting!

I did 10 miles this morning and it was great! The weather was nice and my feet were okay. I wore liner socks and still got blisters but it didn't hurt as bad. It's weird how much morI confident I feel when I'm running a training plan. When I'm not running a plan, every distance feels insurmountable. But when the plan says "run 10 miles," it's like, well, I don't have a choice so obviously I can run it. Do you get that?

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I think I hate the runs the day after the long run the most. I was dreading the 7 miles, but I surprised myself again with my performance. the miles were not easy, but I reached a point where my legs kept pumping despite the fatigue and heaviness and I realized that there is more left in them than I realized. It was 60 degrees out and it was hard not to enjoy the run. Plus I came home to cupcakes my husband bought me after I was craving one after the 22 miler. mmmm cupcakes!

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you are doing great Amy! I am glad you are having a taste of spring and I hope the ice melts soon. I will admit that watching the sunrise is one of the best perks of morning running!

I am way behind on any activity I have been doing. This week was supposed to be my easier week so I stuck with the easier weekday miles and left all the hard work for today's 22 miler. I ran 4 miles on Tuesday with some core work, did some cross training on Wednesday, and 3 mils with core work on Friday. Of course yesterday was almost 80 degrees and sunny, but I woke up for my 22 mile run to pouring rain. I knew it was going to be difficult, but I got out there and had a surprisingly great run. I tried out some new fuel that made a huge difference in how I felt. I got a second wind around mile 19 that pretty much gave me a burst of energy to push on home. I was cold and wet, but felt really good about this run. The race is 4 weeks from today, and it is starting to feel real. Today it felt like I could do it. I finally feel like I have the nutrition side of things ironed out.

But I'm with you on the shoes Amy. My feet are just killing me. I may get some new shoes now with enough time before the race in case that is my issue and just have too many miles on them, but my feet are not happy!

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So! Much! Black! Ice! Today's run was really, really slow. It was dark, so I couldn't tell which ice was safe to run on and which wasn't. I have to be really careful on ice because that kind of instability is exactly what aggravates my hip dysplasia, so I walked through the especially icy patches. But! I did 7 miles and it was so nice to watch the sunrise. C'mon, spring!

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I love accidentally running into races! I ran into the tail end of a 50k once and it was so fun to cheer them all on to the finish line. Good for you for listening to your body and taking a rest. I suck at that. I beat myself up and make myself feel guilty for being a human who gets tired. How dare I?

I did 7 miles after work last night and they were great. It was like 35 degrees! That's practically summer! And there was sort of sun! My legs felt good! I need to work on my shoe situation though, AGAIN. I'm running in a pair of Altras that gives me blisters and a pair of Newtons that are too small. I tried to return them for a bigger size but no one ever got back to me. It's too bad, because they're great, but now I'm so wary of their customer service.

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Sorry to hear about the blisters Amy. I actually have not had a blister since I started wearing them which is a first for shoes and me. I do get black toenails after races, but I think that is a given. Maybe you need different socks? I do better with tighter socks and with the injinji brand, but I found that when I ran in thinner socks I used to get more blisters. In any case, glad you had some nice weather for a change!

I missed my Friday and Saturday runs. I felt so worn down and fatigued. I started getting a headache on Thursday after my massage and Friday I woke up to rain and figured my body would apreciate the extra sleep instead of a run, thinking I would more than make up for it with the 22 miles. I woke up on Saturday to the chills and body aches, and knew that run would not happen. I still feel semi-icky today, but was able to manage 5 miles which actually felt good. I forgot what it is like to run on fresh legs! what a great feeling. I accidentally ran into a half marathon going on right by my house and was really inspired by what I was seeing and I ran a pretty fast 5 miles. It did not do me good though as I got home and was seeing spots in my vision and the nausea was back. Guess I rushed into running again. I really hope this fatigue goes away. I feel guilty for missing so many runs, but I need to listen to my body and take it easy. Thankfully this coming week is a recovery week, so I can switch my long run for this weekend's run as clearly I needed recovery a week earlier than scheduled!

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Yay, 9 miles today! It was sunny and warm and mostly not icy! I cannot even tell you how much fun it was! My shoes are giving me blisters though. Heather, you run in Altras, do they give you blisters? What do I do? I really like them otherwise and don't want to get rid of them, but they're chewing my feet up!

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I can empathize up to a point Amy! We got dumped on the past two days but thankfully it stopped. I was able to run after work on Monday and I find a clear stretch to do speedwork. This was the hard one...7 X 5 min and I was pooped at the end. I took yesterday off due to the snow and ran 5 miles this morning. I was nervous about running in the dark after the snow, and while there were a few bad spots I was able to stick to the main roads that were clear.

PETRATX, I am jealous of your weather! Here's hoping spring is around the corner.

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Guess what, guys!? IT'S SNOWING. Still! We've gotten two solid feet and are expected to get up to five more today. I was running this morning and mentally complaining about it, until I remembered that if it wasn't snow, it would be rain, which is waaay more unpleasant this time of year. So bring on the snow! I did 6 miles today. I hoped for 7 but it got really windy out the road and I had to turn back because I knew it would be harder and slower on the return. Just happy to be out there. I'm looking forward to yoga at lunch because I know my hips and my hamstrings need it after all this snow running. Happy trails, folks!

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They finally got the plows out and I couldn't stand being inside anymore, so I did 6 lovely miles in the snow this morning. This storm dumped, like, maybe 20 inches at my house? Obviously, it was a very slow run because it was slippery and I had to contend with traffic, but it was so nice to be outside.

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Alot of you are getting those winter storms while I finally got a cool morning in the 50s for a nice run. 2 miles this morning.

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The weather finally broke! The clouds rolled in and it warmed up by 20 degrees (now it's 28!) and the wind stopped! Tragically, the snow started immediately. We've gotten 12 inches with another 8 projected over the course of today. I am also sick again. I'm starting to feel like maybe I'll never run again. My heart is breaking.

I did 7 miles yesterday though, so that's a small something.

I love cookies as fuel, Heather! I eat Fig Newtons on runs above 15 miles. They are perfect because the figs have a lot of sugar and the cookie bits are filling. When I ran my first marathon, my friends met me at mile 21 with boxes and boxes of Fig Newtons.

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Amy, you are sending the snow here!! We are showing 8 inches tonight, which means my workouts outdoors may be on hold for a few days. I am REALLY hoping I can work at home tomorrow!

Speedwork in the dark went ok actually. a skunk ran across my path which made me run even faster, and when I was just about done I saw another runner and felt pretty badass since I was just finishing and he was just starting.

I ran 2 easy miles on Friday, and then had my big 20 miler yesterday. I took it very slow and tried out some new fueling techniques and had a pretty decent run. I was struggling towards the end, but I think for the most part the addition of real food helped me to not bonk and it felt good to actually eat something of substance rather than just gels. And yes, I fueled with girl scout cookies!!!

Today I ran 5 easy miles that felt like torture on my legs, but I reminded myself that I might not be out running for a few days with the snow, so I tried to enjoy it.

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4 miles run/walk combination.

James

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