The North Face 50M: Week 9

We’re half way there!

Monday
1 hour yoga

I broke my rule this week of taking one complete rest day and did yoga on my non-run day.  This wasn’t a very leg intensive class and was just a lot of stretching.  I do not plan on making this a habit, but this week it just worked out that way.  I just couldn’t get myself to run after the big weekend of runs and it made me realize how much I just simply enjoy Monday as a rest day.  I am figuring out how to make this work better for me going forward.

Tuesday
am: 7 mile road run
pm: 5 mile trail run

Morning road run straight to coffee. 

7.0 miles/1:05:49/9:21 avg

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Followed by an evening run on the trails.  The evening daylight is quickly disappearing and I know I won’t get many more of these runs in after work.  So sad.  I stuck to the fire roads this time as well because I didn’t want to venture on the single track with the sunlight leaving.  Bye bye summer.

5.0 miles/49:06/9:48 avg/506’ gain

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Wednesday
10 mile trail run

I met up with Sima for a morning trail run.  We ran the first 6 together, then I tacked on another 4.  It’s becoming very dark in the morning too, so I don’t know how long these are going to last.  It does make for a pretty incredible sunrise though!

10.0 miles/1:51:43/11:10 avg/1302’ gain

Thursday
7 mile road run

Another morning run with Sima on one of our old routes we hadn’t done in forever.  I can’t say I miss these road routes at all, but it’s always worth a run with a friend.

7.1 miles/1:06:37/9:26 avg pace

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Friday
8 mile trail run

I had Friday off of work and was being wishy washy all week on whether I wanted to do my long runs Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday.  Most of the weeks coming up I need to run Saturday/Sunday and switching back and forth can just get complicated with my routine. 

I decided to not set my alarm and let myself catch up on some much needed sleep.  By the time I got out to run it was warm and I just was trying to convince myself to make it 4 miles.  Each mile I started feeling better and each mile I talked myself into going a little further.  Then I had to make myself stop because I had things to do!

8.6 miles/1:32:08/10:42 avg/1149’ gain

Saturday
20 mile trail run

Inside Trail Berkeley Trail Adventure race!

20.2 miles/3:37:43/10:47 avg pace/3,245’ gain

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Sunday
24 mile trail run

I was nervous about this run because it was going to be a hot day in the East Bay.  I didn’t want to drive anywhere to get the cooler temps so I knew I was just going to have to suck it up.  I got up really early to get myself out the door as soon as possible.  While getting ready, I checked my email and I got some really sad news from a very good friend of mine.  My heart hurt for her and I kind of didn’t even believe what she was telling me was true, so I went about my morning and headed off on my planned run.

This day I was going solo and it turned out to be a good thing.  Most of the time, I love having my friends with me, but this day it was good to be out in the hills in my own thoughts.  My heart was very heavy thinking about my friend, and I thought about her and her family for hours on end.  Anyone who runs knows running can be a very emotional thing.  When you are out there for a long time, it just forces you to think and feel, rather than let life’s distractions distract.  It lets you think deeply for a long time and just get lost in whatever you want to get lost in.  I felt helpless and heartbroken for her, but strong in my running. 

Energy wise I felt much better than the day before and just made sure to take it easy.  Between the heat and all the miles, I knew not to push it too hard and it made for a good solid run.  A long, solo, therapeutic trek through my favorite hills is just what I needed that day. 

24.0 miles/4:37:25/11:33 avg/3,556’ gain  

Totals for Week 9
Miles: 81.9
Time: 14:50:33 (+ 1 hour yoga)
Elevation Gain: 9,939’

Next week will be another week of increasing miles and long runs before my last step back week of the training cycle (besides taper).  It’s getting closer!!

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8 Responses to The North Face 50M: Week 9

  1. greengirlrunning October 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    How do you get through the back to back long runs?! I did just a 10 miler followed by a 13 the next day and it was sooooo hard to get through. I can’t imagine doing a 20 followed by a 24… you’re amazing!

  2. Nicole October 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    I think it’s pretty incredible that you are able to run for so long on your own! And I mean that in a good way. I will be training for my upcoming marathon alone for the first time ever and I am already beginning to dread the long runs solo. I think I need to adapt a better attitude about it like you! And maybe find some fun trails to run at least part of it on.

    Sorry to hear about your friend…I also had two close friends with tragedies over the last week and running has been therapeutic for me as well.

  3. Meaghan October 4, 2012 at 5:45 am #

    Isn’t it amazing how running solo is (sometimes) just what we need on the heels of less than stellar news? I, like you, love running with friends, but sometimes when I”m alone on those long runs, it just makes for the best therapy sessions. Sorry to hear about your friend.

    And well done on a VERY solid week’s worth of miles! When I signed up for my 50, I thought about mimicking your schedule. But on the heels of surgery, I knew I had to be careful with volume. Next time ’round though, I’m going to up the distances on my back to backs.

    Love reading along!

  4. Lisa October 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    What a beautiful trail to run on! I don’t think I’d ever make it to work if I ran there in the mornings. :)

  5. YumRunner October 9, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    What gorgeous trails! Wow, I have major jealousy right now.

  6. fitflops October 23, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    What a beautiful trail to run on! I don’t think I’d ever make it to work if I ran there in the mornings

  7. fitflop singapore October 23, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    I, like you, love running with friends, but sometimes when I”m alone on those long runs, it just makes for the best therapy sessions. Sorry to hear about your friend.

  8. moncler discount October 23, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    I also had two close friends with tragedies over the last week and running has been therapeutic for me as well.

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