American River 50: Week 18

Between the excitement of race week and laziness of recovery, I forgot to recap my last week of training!  I can’t do every single week but race week.

AR50 Week18


Woke up nervous that morning.  The fact that the race was “this week” was scary!

I got a massage that night and worked out any last minute muscle weirdness.

6 mile run

Just the normal Tuesday run with my work friends.  My legs were super heavy, probably from the massage, but I just assumed it was normal race week stuff.  Isn’t that what always happens?

6.4 miles/1:01:26/9:33 avg pace

5 mile run

I met up with the morning crew Kristin and Sima for what else, but a morning run.  With only 5 miles to run, the morning wasn’t quite so early.

5.0 miles/47:27/9:29 avg pace

4 mile run

Last run before AR50!  I ran with my work friends but cut mine short to keep the miles low.  I was excited and my legs felt ready to run!

4.3 miles/40:24/9:24 avg pace



I took the day off to sleep in and head to Sacramento.  I got at least 9 hours of sleep which felt amazing… 2 nights before is the most important!  Chris and I drove up to Sacramento, got my bib and shirt, and relaxed in the hotel.  I ordered pizza and tried to get some sleep before the big day!


50 mile run

Race day was finally here and it was the best day ever!

50.2 miles/10:17:10/12:19 avg pace


Sleep a lot, eat a lot more, and sit up on cloud 9 smiling.

Total miles for week 18: 65.7

Recovery has been going really well.  I was sore on Sunday, hardly sore on Monday and felt back to normal by Tuesday. I haven’t run yet though!  I just want to make sure I am recovered, both physically and mentally, from this long training cycle.  When else will I let myself take this many days off?  I am very much itching to run though, so we will see how much longer I last. 

Luckily I have a huge distraction on Saturday where I get to be on Jojo’s crew for her first 50 miler at Lake Sonoma!  I am so excited to go up there, cheer all the runners on and do anything I can to return all the great support she gave me last weekend. 

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8 Responses to American River 50: Week 18

  1. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy April 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Awesome work and great to have a recovery week. I’m sure your legs are thanking you!

  2. Tia@RunnerMom April 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    Great job on 18 solid weeks of training! That’s really cool that you get to be on Jojo’s crew now. :-)

  3. April 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    You are seriously my hero. Congrats on such a huge accomplishment and I am so happy that your recovery is going so well!! What’s next;)

  4. Carrie April 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    Glad you are bouncing back so quickly!

  5. Jeff April 13, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    Wow. I have been thinking about a 50k next year but 50 miles! I can’t even grasp that distance. Amazing job!

  6. Kaprise April 13, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    Congratulations! You did it!!!

  7. allpointswhole April 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Looks like so much fun! And good for you for recovering!

  8. Jan April 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    Wow, GREAT run!! Congratulations! Enjoy those days off!

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