American River 50: Week 9


This was a pretty awesome week with a couple huge milestones crossed.  It’s definitely a week I am happy with!

Ar50 Week9

I came off of a cutback week last week raring to run.  I finished off January just barely short of my highest mileage month ever, but kept my eyes ahead to what I had planned this week.


11 mile run

I met up with the morning crew very early for a Tuesday run for a change.  We set out for 8 miles and got them done, and I was feeling good, so decided to make Tuesday my medium long day instead of Wednesday and added another 3 miles on. 

11.0 miles/1:41:58/9:16 avg pace

8 mile run

I met up with Sima for another very early run and the last run in her 20s! 

8.4 miles/1:18:56/9:23 avg pace

Double day 7 mile run

I had a great run with my work friends, finishing up at coffee, which is always the best.  My schedule called for another few miles that night, but I was moving my long runs to Friday/Saturday this week, so I skipped the second run (surprise, surprise). 

7.3 miles/1:05:40/9:02 avg pace


24 mile combo long run

My longest training run ever!  A combo of road and trail and this run left me pretty wiped.  I went through a lot of emotions, but overcame the tough spots and finished up strong. 

24.0 miles/3:58:39/9:56 avg pace

Feb 002a

18 mile trail long run

The magic run where my legs somehow showed up feeling great and I had a fantastic trail run in the magic hills with Jojo.  My legs and body keep surprising me, and this was one of those days.

18.0 miles/3:32:45/11:49 avg pace (3100+ feet elevation gain)

Feb 003

6 mile run
Since I didn’t do my short run Friday and ran long instead, I moved it to Sunday.  My legs were pretty tired when I started and I told myself to go EASY.  I did not want to see an average pace lower than 9:45.  I ran a very flat route too and just cruised along. 

I took my compression socks out for their first run too (full socks vs. sleeves)!  I have been wanting to run in them for a while, but since my feet can be picky about socks I wanted to test them on a short run.  I liked them very much and will definitely be wearing them again!

My legs felt better as I went and I added on an extra .33 miles to round out the week.  Yes I knew this ahead of time of course.

6.3 miles/1:02:06/9:48 avg pace

Total miles for the week: 75.0!!

That my friends is a new weekly mileage PR.  My previous weekly mileage high was 70.1 from November 2010 and I remember feeling very beat up at the end of that week.  This week is the total opposite, I feel pretty awesome right now (knock on wood) and am looking forward to another big week ahead – including a trail marathon on Saturday!  I have a feeling that the new weekly PR won’t last as long as the last one did.

9 weeks to go!

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18 Responses to American River 50: Week 9

  1. Alyssa February 6, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Badass! So awesome!

  2. Sarah February 6, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    I know how you feel about your legs/body surprising you. It’s an incredible feeling when your training and discipline starts to pay off and you can FEEL it. Good for you. And congrats on the weekly PR!

  3. Page February 6, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    GET IT GIRL! So proud of you and love following this journey of yours.

  4. Beth February 6, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    What a great week! That 24/18 back to back combo seems down right super human.

  5. Rachel February 6, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    dang, only halfway through and your training already looks like this!? you are gonna blow the 50 out of the water! seriously, though, i’m impressed. but most importantly, it’s great to see you enjoying it all, too. you really make me want to do another 50!!

  6. JoLynn February 6, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Looks like you’re getting speedier too?
    How the heck did you get a 24 mile run in on a work day?
    Nice single track pics. ;)

  7. Sandy February 6, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Wow! Pretty darn impressive girl! Your mileage in a week is mine in a month!!!

  8. marlene February 6, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    75 miles! BOOYEAH!

  9. Cyndi February 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    I’ve been reading about your running adventures for a while now. A 75 mile week is impressive! I’m always fascinated by ultra running. Nice work!

  10. Ricole Runs February 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    You are AMAZING!! This is seriously the most impressive thing ever. Do you realize you ran more than THREE TIMES the number of miles I did last week! You ran all of y miles (24) just on Friday alone. WAY TO GO!!!

  11. SkinnyRunner February 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    dang girl you are a beast! love the back to back huge mileage days.

  12. Shannon @ Mon Amour February 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    It makes me so happy to hear how much you are loving running & training right now! It is amazing that you ran 24 miles Friday & 18 on Saturday- you are awesome!

  13. Corey February 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Aron, you are amazing!! I’m so impressed by your dedication to this training and your positive, one day at a time attitude. I’m really glad you’re enjoying the process – I’m sure this will be an unforgettable experience!

  14. Chicken February 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    A (dramatic pause) MAZ (take an extra beat for emphasis) ING!!!

  15. Jaime February 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    I think there is only one thing to say: AMAZING!

  16. Liza February 7, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    You are so motivating! Love your style and your love for running :) Good luck with your training!

  17. Hannah February 7, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    What kind of compression socks are you wearing in that picture?

    Love reading your blog!!

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