I have totally fallen behind in my workout reports so come along with me as I take you a whirlwind of 3 weeks of tough trails and runDisney magic!
- I did my longest training long run... ever! The weekend before labor day weekend was my last long trail run and it clocked in at 26 miles and 5,200 ft of climbing and felt good. Usually my top distance is 20 miles for a marathon, so running a marathon during training was definitely something new. I've finally figured out my nutrition (Honey Stinger and Skratch) and my hydration and I'm feeling confident about the climbing. Bring it on Utah!
- Disneyland Half - I wanted to test out my speed and it went pretty well. The first 5k of the race was just too crowded but then I was clocking in 23 min 5ks for the remainder of the race. The altitude has definitely helped with my endurance!
- Gliding into the taper- Did a final long-ish run last weekend, still feeling good! Now I'm just rolling into the true taper to get my muscles repaired and ready. Time to focus on some hip and low back strength before race day!
In the past 3 weeks I've run 132.3 miles and it's been a whirlwind! I'm definitely a bit burnt but I think the thing I like most about where I am right now with my running is that I feel strong. Trail running has strengthened my hips and legs so much and I just feel powerful. I can't wait to run the North Face Endurance Challenge 50k in Utah and then the Hot Chocolate 15k in Denver back to back weekends. I LOVE racing and the Disneyland Half definitely reignited the racing fire in me!
I love that I can go from trail running to runDisney and I enjoy both so much. Variety is the spice of life!
I'm going to write a separate post about trail running but don't be afraid to get out there and try something new. Explore, have fun, and be smart!
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