Week 16 – Week of November 12th
The week I took taper to a whole new level.
Tuesday: 7.4 mile trail run – happy my legs were still working after peak week
18 mile trail run 5.2 mile road run
I had planned on getting my longest run of the week done before leaving for a mini-vacation (!) but I had a feeling it wasn’t going to happen. It was just too close to the previous big weekend and I was tired. I had a hard time getting out the door and when I finally did, I didn’t make it far.
The rest of the day was spent flying to Arizona and driving to Sedona!
Thursday: ~7 mile trail run with Chris
Friday: ~5 mile/3+ hour hike with Chris.
I am counting this sucker as time on my feet. Being in high elevation (for this sea-level dweller) plus hiking 2,000’ up a mountain definitely has to count towards something! It was the perfect day for this hike and I am so glad we went. The views were incredible and it was so fun to explore somewhere new.
Saturday: drive back to Tempe to meet up with our friends and get ready to spectate!
Sunday: Ironman Arizona spectating! If any of you have ever spectated at an Ironman (or any event really) you know it’s pretty exhausting. I thought about running, but it would have been running just to run, and would have been on a hot, flat, paved road that just didn’t sound enticing to me.
I sure missed my friend but that just means I will be even better at spectating an Ironman the next time around.
Totals for Week 16
Hours: 7ish (including hikes)
I think my body was very happy with this week. I got a lot of sleep, was able to recover from 4 weeks of big training and was able to enjoy being with Chris and friends without being a freak about running. It was so nice and I came back home extra excited for my last 2 weeks of training and really excited for December 1st.
Week 17 – Week of November 19th
Monday: 5.4 mile trail run. Back from vacation, straight to the trails.
Tuesday: 8.1 mile road run
Wednesday: 7.1 mile road run
Thursday: 6.5 mile Thanksgiving trail run with Kristin!
Friday: 12 mile trail run
Saturday: 10 mile trail run
Sunday: rest (and wondered what on earth I do on the weekends when I am not training for an ultra).
Totals for Week 17
And now it’s race week! If you want to make taper go by really fast, go on vacation and then throw a holiday week in there while you are at it… it will fly by without any time for the taper crazies to appear.
This week I have 3 short runs planned, then the big one on Sunday! I will probably do a goal post later in the week to wrap up this training cycle. It’s been an incredibly fun, challenging and rewarding 18 weeks.