Portland Training: Week in Review:
- Sunday – The Giant Race Half - 13:1 Miles
- Monday – Bikram Yoga – 90 minutes
- Tuesday – Track Workout – 7.5 miles
- 3 mile warm-up
- 400m @ 5k Pace, 200m recovery, 600m @5k, 400m recovery -x4 = 4 miles
- 0.5 mile cooldown
- Wednesday – 45 minute spin class and weight workout
- Thursday – 5 mile run
- Friday – OFF
- Saturday 20 Miles
Total Miles – 45.5 Miles
45 miles – wow! That is one of the highest mileage weeks I have run in a long time. It was mostly due to the fact that I raced on Sunday so I did my long run Sunday instead of Saturday last week. I was worried how my track workout would go on Tuesday after racing Sunday but I actually felt super strong. We even ran our last 600m interval faster than the previous 3! Spin on Wednesday morning was a bit rough to get going. I didn’t have much recovery time between track and spinning (as in only 11 hours) so my legs were tired for the first 10 minutes. Once I was warmed up though, I felt good and got a nice workout in. I took my run on Thursday morning easy in prep for my 20 miler on Saturday am.
My long run on Saturday actually got off to an interesting start. I was supposed to run at 6:30 with the early group to get 6 miles in before the 7:45 scheduled long run. I actually had planned on arriving at 6am to get 2-3 in before the long run. I had plans to camp for the night about an hour north of SF on Saturday and I was anxious to get up there. I figured the earlier I could run, the sooner I would make it up to meet my friends. My friends had gone up on Friday night but I had to stay back and get my run in Saturday am. My plan to run early and get to camping earlier failed. I accidentally set my “weekday” alarm and my alarm never went off on Saturday morning. I woke up at 6:20 in a complete panic. I actually was out of my house in 15 minutes (thank goodness I had everything ready to go the night before) and made it to the run for 7am. I was able to get 4.5 miles in before the big run started so I was only about 1.5 miles behind the rest of the gang.
The first part of the run went well. I had a strong first 8 miles and started to feel a bit tired at 10. I knew that wasn’t good with another 10 ahead of me. I kept pushing though and did okay through mile 15. After that I was really getting tired. I was actually only scheduled to run 16 this week but my family will be in town next weekend and I didn’t want to have to run 20 miles while they were here so I swapped the weeks. I knew why I was only supposed to run 16, once I hit 16 I was ready to be done! Our big group had broken off so it was just me and another guy so we were on our own. He was awesome and helped me get to 20, he took it easy with me and kept chatting. (He was only doing 16 so he was in much better shape than me) Long story, I finished. It HURT when I stopped running and walked to my car. I did a bunch of stretching but was actually really hurting on my drive home. I managed to find time to take an ice back, hydrate, eat and take some Aleve and by the time I was out the door for camping I felt much better. I forgot how much those 20 mile runs take out of you and certainly can hurt. I have 3 more to go, I am just hoping that this will all pay off in Portland!
I spent the rest of the weekend camping in Olema which is up near Point Reyes. It was really fun! It basically was a relaxing weekend with no plans and outside of the city. My friends and I went up to Hog Island and got 2 dozen oysters. I’m not a big oyster person but decided to give them another go seeing as they couldn’t get any fresher! We had a bunch raw and cooked some as well. I actually really enjoyed the raw ones! They were salty which tasted so delicious after running 20 miles. We also had cheese and crackers and made burgers for dinner. Of course we complimented all that with some adult beverages! It was a very nice and relaxing evening sitting around a camp fire.
Today we hung out in the sun at the campground until about 2pm. Living in SF in the summer can really get to you. We have no summer. It’s cold and foggy every day so spending time in 70+ degrees in the sun was a real treat! It was a great weekend!