Hope your Monday is off to a great start so far. Last week was a solid week of ultra training mileage!! I was able to get in a grand whopping total of 80.3 miles last week. Let’s do a recap!
Monday- 8.2 miles of sunrise. The humidity has been off the charts high as of late but I got this run in before the busy hectic day.
Tuesday AM- 13.21 miles solo. Work has been super busy so I opted to just get up and run on my own on this day. Typically I do my Tuesday runs with the run club but I just needed the miles and solitude, you feel me? Running sometimes really is cheaper than therapy. It felt so good to knock this one out.
Tuesday PM- 3.02 evening miles after teaching a class at the gym. Blowing some more steam off from the day.
Wednesday- 8.11 miles to the tune of a lovely sunrise. The sunrise that morning I have to say did not by any means disappoint.
Thursday AM- Back with the run club. I got a bit of a head start before the group and was able to get some extra miles in. 12.25 miles total before 7 a.m.
Thursday PM- 4.05 miles, back on my double run day game. Feels good to be feeling good after a 100 mile week last week. I am so ready for September and the 100k will be here before you know it!
Friday- REST DAY. Glorious rest day, I do love you so. Sometimes. Ha.
Saturday- 21.32 miles of straight up hills and humidity. I found a golf course nearby with some nice rolling hills which is just perfect for my longer runs. Love it.
Sunday- 10.11 late morning miles after sleeping in, fun night out with friends on Saturday. Hashtag so worth it!
And there you have it!
How’s your Monday so far? Tell me what’s making you smile today.
An amazing 10 mile run this morning after the rain with a nice cool breeze! Still humid but I enjoyed a drop in temps before it heats up again this week.
Hello there! Life has been busy and I had a luxurious long weekend (burning off some extra vacation days at the J-O-B) but I am here to share my weekly mileage with you once again! Last week was another great week of running. Let’s recap!
Monday AM- 10.3 peaceful early miles. It always feels good to get it in on a Monday before the busy work day. Lately early Monday runs have felt more like therapy than anything else. Pretty relaxed pace after a weekend of back to back long running. Ultra training for this race has been going well.
Monday PM- 2.32 mile warm up before the gym, in the heat at a 7:50 pace.
Tuesday AM- 10.2 miles with the Irving Running Club. I get up pretty dang early on Tuesdays and Thursdays to meet the group. Definitely was wiping the sleep out of my eyes for half of this run.
Tuesday PM- 4.31 miles after work. This was as the sun was going down which was quite nice. Last week we had lots of triple digits so anything below that feels actually really nice. I’ll take what I can get at this point.
Wednesday AM- 11.35 miles, nice little mid week mileage. There may or may not have been a pit stop during this run for some iced coffee.
Wednesday PM- 4.11 trail miles with the Dallas Dirt Runners. Love getting some relaxed trail miles in.
Thursday AM- 10.2 IRC miles. We had a good little turnout that morning with everyone beating the heat.
Thursday PM- 3.02 mile warm up before the gym. I needed a little perk up before I taught my class.
Friday- REST DAY
Saturday- 17.37 miles…hills and humidity. Definitely a good run though.
Sunday- Back out on the trails with my trail group. 12.02 miles out at Knob Hills. Love getting off the beaten path.
And there you have it!
How was your weekend – did anyone else have a long weekend or staycation? Hows your training going?
As you know running can evoke many different emotions…mostly those of euphoria and happiness…but it has its highs and lows! I did a post on this not too long ago but since training for the ultra marathon I have a few other emotions I’d like to share! See below.
–The feeling of tired legs after running doubles. You’ve gotta love those double run days, right? Because every day is leg day. Frankly…high mileage running/ultra training requires your legs to not always be springy and fresh sometimes. It just comes with the territory. Cry me a river, build me a bridge and get over it.
–The feeling of intense RUNger after that 10 or 11 mile weekday run. Yes, I’ll have eggs and bacon and all of the foods for breakfast. Thankyouverymuch.
–The emotion of signing up for that hot new trail race in a beautiful location. Because you must get that shiny new buckle to add to your collection. Who needs medals when there are so many amazing belt buckles?! I am just saying.
–Knowing you have a big back to back long run weekend coming up. Back to back 20 milers?! NBD. Eat, sleep, RUN, repeat. Exactly in that order.
–That feeling of hitting your highest weekly/monthly mileage YET. That feeling I must say is pretty darn incredible.
–The feeling of always wanting ALL OF THE HOURS of sleep. Can’t get enough sleep. Can’t stop won’t stop. Work hard nap hard.
–The emotion of running because you truly do LOVE it…not because you want to win a race, or to prove something to someone else. Because the simple act of running brings so much joy into your life. Body, mind and soul.
What are some of your emotions of ultra training, or just running in general?
Running is such a glorious sport and even after many years I still feel like a student learning something new every day along my journey. But today, we are going to delve into ultra running a bit and discuss a few things no one really tells you before you start exploring distances beyond 26.2! So here it goes…
1. Ultrarunning is the ultimate test of your mental will. Honestly you can train your tail off but if you go into the race with even just a drop of insecurity, not completely sure that you are capable of finishing…well guess what? It’s very likely your race will result in a DNF. Believe in yourself and your abilities. Your stubbornness is what is going to get you to that 100 mile finish line. Believe it.
2. You will learn what your stomach can and cannot handle REALLY quickly. I learned during my 100 miler that I prefer more savory/salty foods than sweet. Pickles were my best friend. And so was sausage fresh off the grill. Yes, they made HOT food during that race and in the evening when it got cooler it was the best thing ever.
3. Hallucinations are really crazy/fun. You haven’t really done a race until you see trees floating in the distance.
4. A fresh pair of socks or a change of shoes mid race can truly be a game changer.
5. Sleep? What’s sleep? When you are racing against a clock in a 100 miler there is no time for such an activity.
6. You will meet some of the most amazing people you will ever meet in your life out on the trail. The trail and ultra community will truly treat you like family. Everyone is so down to earth, laid back…and they will help you get through those tough moments when you want to throw in the towel.
7. The longer the race, the more it will affect you emotionally. After running beyond 50 miles, being out there in the dark will just take a toll on you and really mess with you. You will fight whatever demons you deal with and even the most positive optimistic person will have those highs and lows.
8. But the highs and lows are what is the most amazing part of running these distances. You come out the other side a different person. And it makes you want to go back again and again. It’s kind of like a self discovery.
Any ultra runners out there? What are some things you wish you knew before you started running beyond 26.2?
So yes, we all know about the quirky things runners do. But if you have been in the running community for a while, you KNOW this other group of runners. The ones who run the crazy distances, the trail races, the races in the mountains etc. This is a very small but interesting group of people! To say the least. Ha. Here are some things, in random order, that ultra runners say.
–I’m just running a marathon to train for this ultra. Because running 26.2 miles is clearly not enough.
–This weekend I will run back to back 25 milers, no big deal.
–Just hydrating for this weekend’s trail race. Let’s go get some craft beers. I need the carbs.
–50k? Oh that is just a few miles more than a marathon. It’s a baby ultra.
–Let’s sign up for a 100 mile race just for fun.
–It’s okay to use the bathroom in the woods. Everybody does that.
–Is that a deer? Snake? Coyote? Oh just keep going…they won’t bother you if you don’t bother them.
What are some other crazy things ultrarunners/runners say?
So I know some of you have been eyeing some races past the 26.2 mile distance..well if so, this post is for you! I thought I would share a few pointers that have worked for me when it comes to training for and racing ultras.
Mile 30 something of the Rocky Raccoon 100. Say cheese for the camera!
Here are some ways you can and will totally dominate your first 50k, 50 miler and beyond.
1. Stay consistent with your training. I wrote another post here about this very topic. I think this is kind of the number one thing that will make you successful not only in running but in life. Sure, we have days where we are not feeling well, too tired and need to sleep in, what have you but consistent training will always bring you results. Believe it.
2. Don’t worry so much about how fast you are going. It’s all relative anyway. As runners we tend to be pace obsessed but in the ultra marathon world pace is really not all that important. Time on your feet is definitely more crucial than how fast you are going. There are days for those quality workouts, tempo runs and etc but easy mileage and just being out there for long periods of time will get you where you need to be. Plus, not all ultras are created equal…trail races in the mountains vs a road race, totally different animals. Effort definitely trumps being speedy when it comes to running crazy distances.
3. Take the time to take care of yourself. That means ample sleep, eating the right foods for performance and etc. We all have to have a balance but making sure you are getting good sleep at night if you are running so many miles should absolutely be your top priority. I actually turn my phone off or on silent mode after a certain time of night and most of my friends and family know this about me. I do value my sleep simply because when I’m in training mode I’m all about getting up early.
4. Baby steps will produce results in the long run. Pun intended. So you have a handful of marathons under your belt? Well it would be a great time to sign up for that local 50k. A 50k is only a few miles more than a marathon so it is realistic and doable. Have you completed the 50k distance? Then perhaps you could start doing back to back long runs on the weekends, up your mileage safely and run a 50 miler. Each distance is an excellent stepping stone for the next one. Respect the distance and it will respect you.
Any ultrarunners out there with tips for the group?
Hey there! How was your weekend? Hope you were able to do some fun things and kick back and relax a bit. I ran the Hachie 50 miler out in Waxahachie, TX and lived to tell about it! Let’s get right into it, shall we?
As some of you know I ran this same race last year, and I truly loved it so much I decided to go again this year! And of course, I had a time goal – which was to beat my previous finish time. I knew I would have to buckle down and focus on staying consistent with my pace despite the heat. It would be hard seeing as 50 miles is no easy feat but my training has been pretty on point lately so I went into this race fairly confident.
Saturday morning we lined up to the start and the gun went off around 5 a.m. It was super dark out still but we all had our headlamps and blinky lights flashing in the woods. It was kind of cool and fun to see all of the lights galavanting in the darkness.
So this race is a total of 5 loops, 10 miles each. I don’t at all mind looped courses, it is boring for some but for me provided that the loops are long enough it helps to be able to count down how far you have to go. Plus the aid stations were close to one another so that helped with the fuel and hydration etc.
The temps were probably what I fought with the most this year. It was nice and cool in the morning but warmed up to about 80 degrees during the later miles. Mile 45 in the straight up heat with the sun beating down my back was a killer. But I was absolutely so thankful for the amazing volunteers and how organized this race was. They made sure the water/gatorade on the course was nice and cold for us and they also provided us with icy cold towels to put on our backs.
When it was all said and done I basically blew my previous time out of the water with an 8 hour and 28 minute finish! A new 50 mile PR for me and good enough for 2nd place overall female! They gave me both a medal and a belt buckle for being a top finisher. Winner winner chicken dinner.
I have to thank my amazing pacer also for helping me out towards the end with the heat.
How was your weekend? What did you do?
Hi there! Hope you had a terrific weekend. I am here to recap last week’s mileage with you! I’ve got a few items up my sleeve ultrarunning wise so training has really been on point as of late. I put in whopping a total of 90.7 miles last week! Let’s recap it, shall we?
Monday AM- I was actually in Galveston on Monday morning after this race so me and my homegirl Tracy ran 6.02 miles before getting back on the road. Beautiful running along the beach is my absolute fave.
Monday PM- 4.11 miles back in Dallas. It was a nice way to wind down from the weekend and I was pretty spent and went to bed pretty early after that.
Tuesday- 8.11 lunchtime miles. It was pretty warm and fairly humid as per usual this time of year in Texas. I like to push myself through the heat though. It’s great not only physically but mentally to run sometimes in such conditions.
Wednesday- My 33.02 mile birthday run! I took the day off from work on my birthday and went to White Rock Lake after the morning rain. Just rocking out to my music and doing some people watching. There were lots of mamas out with running strollers and such since it’s in a beautiful part of Dallas. I also saw a man walking his dog AND his pig at the same time. I can’t make this stuff up, ya’ll.
Thursday- 10.01 miles in the morning with the run club. I did a few miles with them then the rest on my own.
Thursday PM- I had time to kill before I taught an evening class at the gym. 2.21 miles just warming the legs up after a long day at the 9 to 5.
Friday- REST DAY. A much needed one, clearly.
Saturday- 16.10 miles with Tracy. It was 100% humidity and we were both kind of dragging but it got done.
Sunday- 11.12 windy recovery miles with my neighbor Scott. Scott is a pretty interesting guy who is also my neighbor and he’s thru hiked both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. You know, like that lady off of ‘Wild’? Talk about goals right there. He’s also a badass runner. And a cook. Sweet potato skillet with grass-fed organic meat and peppers and veggies. We had brunch and I borrowed a book from his library. I’ve been meaning to read this one.
And there you have it!
How was your week in running last week?
So today I thought I’d chat about something near and dear to my heart. The 100 mile distance! It’s definitely not an easy feat but I thought I’d share some reasons why you should (and shouldn’t) run a distance of this magnitude. Just some things to think about if you are thinking about hitting that registration button!
You can check out my 100 mile ultra experience here and here.
–Do it for you and only you. I definitely think running this distance is not for the faint of heart. You have to go into a race like this knowing without a shadow of a doubt that you WANT to finish. Sure, it’s not going to be easy. But mentally, you have to just be ALL IN. You can train your ass off but frankly if it’s something you are not sure you want to do, it’s not going to happen for you. There are no bones about that. Be confident in your abilities and know that you are capable of making it to that finish line.
–DON’T do it for social media or for bragging rights. Because let’s be honest, most people on social media do not even really understand why someone in their right mind would even want to accomplish such a feat. It takes a special kind of crazy to run an ultra, specifically a hundo. Hey, if you are looking for likes on instagram, just go run a marathon. You will probably get more likes doing that anyway. 100 miles is not about bragging rights. It’s about proving to YOURSELF that you can push past those limits and achieve something incredible. It’s an accomplishment that no one can take away from you.
–Do it to immerse yourself into nature. If you are a true nature lover like myself you can totally geek out on God’s great masterpiece. You will see the sunrise, sunset, trees and if you’re lucky maybe even some wildlife. It’s freaking amazing and makes me want to sign up for another one just to go explore some more incredible parts of the world.
–Don’t do it to compare yourself with your fellow runners. It should always be you vs. you when it comes to running and racing. Because at the end of the day, there will always be someone faster or who can go longer than you. Sizing up yourself against others will get you nowhere. Be proud of every milestone that you make and keep moving forward.
–Do it for the experience that you will truly remember for the rest of your life. When I signed up to run the 100 miler, I truly had no idea the impact it would make on my life. It’s truly like living a lifetime in a day. More than 24 hours of being out on a trail will really change you from the inside on out. It brought out emotions and feelings in me that I did not know I had. I made best friends with total strangers and remember so many amazing people who made my experience worthwhile. All of that is what makes this distance so special.
What are some reasons why you would sign up for a 100 mile race or an ultra?
Hey there! My morning started out a bit rainy and stormy but it quickly cleared and gave way to absolutely beautiful sunshine. Mother nature was just showing off today! 10.02 miles done.
So here are a few foods I absolutely love and think are great ultrarunner staples! When I was training for my 100 miler I made sure to include many of these in my diet! So if you are contemplating running an ultra (and staying healthy while doing it), take notes.
–Avocados/nuts/etc. Healthy fats are the way to go. I love almonds (and almond milk!!), pistachios and generally could just eat avocados straight. Sprinkle a little sea salt/lime on there and boy you are good to go.
–Lean protein. Grilled chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon etc are generally my go tos. They just keep me satisfied and full. Generally dinner will be chicken with a veggie and a complex carb.
–Leafy greens- Spinach and kale are my two faves. Typically I’ll throw ‘em in a smoothie or will have a huge salad for lunch with cherry tomatoes and raw broccoli thrown in.
–Greek yogurt. Typically I go for the nonfat kind and will throw on a bunch of fruit/maybe a few nuts or some granola. I love having this especially after a run. For some reason I crave things like yogurt/acai bowls and cold things post workout.
–Sweet potatoes and butternut squash. I love everything spiralized and having these handy really helped me to not go crazy on the pasta and white refined carbs. I will throw on on some ground turkey and avocado, maybe some goat cheese and go to town.
–Kombucha- I think it’s something about the probiotics I’m really digging with kombucha. As you know probiotics are fantastic for your digestive system. Plus it just gives me a ton of energy and makes me feel good. I drink kombucha probably twice a week…it can be pricey!
What are some of your go to runner superfoods?