….and My Story Runs On….
I never thought My Running Story would take me this route….remember, I said I would never do a half marathon and now I’m tackling my first 50Km on trail. Scared yet really excited at the same time. I decided to do this 50KM now because I already have marathon #4 on 1/19 (Pf Changs Rock and Roll) and marathon #5 on 2/1 (Sedona Marathon)…..seems like the right time to add a few more miles while I’m training for these….ironically now these marathons have become training runs for my 50KM.
This last weekend I did an 11 mile training run on the Sedona Marathon course (hills and elevation training) and then did the XTerra 20K race at White Tanks on Sunday (ChiRunning hills and trails training). The scenery was gorgeous on both (pics below).
Here are a few of my AHA moments:
- I’m learning to enjoy the recovery process as part of my journey. Usually I don’t like to take the time to foam roll, do leg drains (more on these in another post), hot baths, etc. It used to feel like a chore. Recently I’ve discovered how important this process is, especially when doing these distances and back to back long runs. I can feel a noticeable difference when I do these and since I prefer not to be sore, I realized this is just part of the training process now.
- The reason for back to back long runs is to get used to running on tired legs. I’ve been feeling this the last few weekends for sure. I described it to my boyfriend: “It’s like my legs are heavy and just dangling from my hips.” But since I was doing hills all weekend, I felt my core as well; I’ve never felt my core this fatigued. In ChiRunning, core muscles do most of the work so legs don’t have to. I do feel it on long runs but it felt like I had done an ab workout and feeling the effects the next day.
- Upper body, mainly neck area was sorer than normal too. I try hard to focus on using my eyes to look ahead rather than looking down at the trail (which puts pressure on your cervical spine when constantly looking down). This is clearly why the training is important so I can be aware of what my body wants to do but also work on improving my form in these areas.
- Last but not least, I realize that nutrition is going to be a bigger piece of the pie. I follow my intuition when fueling and I’m kind of anal about electrolytes (I don’t like Gatorade or any products that have high sugar content, or chemicals like red dye #40 , etc). I love the Honey Stinger products and recently started using salt pills as well. Now I’m on a mission to learn how to fuel the week and days before my longer runs. I’m looking forward to learning some more hear. One of my friends recommended these 2 books which I’m planning on purchasing: The Feed Zone Cookbook and Feed Zone Portables.
Any advice or feedback to share based on your experience? Comment below and let me know…
Here are a few photos from the weekend along with my training plan 😉 (click on them to increase size)
At least when there is an uphill, there is a downhill too! (White Tanks XTerra 20K)
From My Running Story to Yours….
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