This morning I went on my last run of this training cycle. A simple 4 mile run that went by so fast, kind of like this training cycle did.
18 weeks ago, I started training for my 2nd 50 miler. I used a similar plan to my first one, but I purposefully made it a little more challenging for the extra challenging race I picked. Going into these 18 weeks I had done quite a bit of trail running, but mostly in my safe zone with people who were more experienced than me on the trails. This time I was challenging myself with a significant increase in trail running, while often alone, where I was going to be forced out of my comfort zone.
As the 18 weeks ticked by, I watched myself gain confidence on the trails, I learned to trust my instincts, grew to love and seek out hills, all while I really began to embrace the adventurous spirit that trail runners have. Although the miles, the back to backs, and the double days were all very important, the number one thing I am most proud of this training cycle is the amount of trail running I did. I let myself not be scared, I let myself explore and I truly fell in love with every aspect of being on the trails.
- Over the last 18 weeks I ran 1,194 total miles
- Over 600 of those miles were in long runs alone
- Less than 30 of those 600 long run miles were on the road.
- 16 of my long runs were 20 miles or longer
My Race Goals…
This weekend’s race has nothing to do with a number on the clock. It is going to be an extremely challenging race, not only because of the mileage or 10,000+ feet of elevation gain, but also because of the conditions. The Bay Area is getting hit with a bunch of storms that will leave the trails messy and could possibly even lead to a rerouted course if it gets bad enough. It’s going to be a wet, muddy, crazy day, but it will be such an adventure. Who knew back when I ran this 50k course while completely flooded and saturated during AR50 training that I was really going to be training for this weekend.
I am so excited that I get to have Jojo by my side for the last 22 miles and am so incredibly grateful to her for deciding to run with me. Page will once again be out on the course many times for me, providing support, encouragement and anything else I could possibly need (dry shoes and clothes).
- Fuel effectively, even when I don’t want to.
- Run smart, even when I feel like being stupid.
- Finish strong, most importantly with a smile.
- Stay positive, even when the rain, wind, and muddy hills get hard.
- Dig a little deeper, always knowing I can find a little more in me.
- Don’t have to take 2 months off after. Enough said.
I have truly loved this training cycle and can’t wait to celebrate it all on Saturday doing exactly what I love to do, running around in the hills on a crazy adventure.
"Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying,
and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way.
Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running."
- Julie Isphording