This week’s long run called for 13 miles, and for some reason I was a bit anxious about this. It has been a couple months since I ran that far in one run, and after last week’s crash and burn I was honestly a little intimated by the thought of 13 trail miles. This was a bit hard for me to rationalize because a couple weeks back I had the best runs in Tahoe on some tough courses. I took time to review my running log, reflecting back on that trip and I realized the naivety and excitement for running on a new trail calmed the nerves of running tough miles. It’s funny how being surrounded by beauty can be such a great distraction. However, if I am going to accomplish my goals for this 25K in October I knew I needed to start this long run in a good mental space and find a way to push back the anxiety.
On Friday, I set an intention of getting myself pumped for this Saturday long run. I opened the new Oiselle bra/top I had just received in the mail, jumped on the internet to find new trail options, and then took some downtime to relax and listen to one of my favorite podcasts. Believe it or not, this really did the trick. My new gear was soo cozy for the 2+ hours of running, the podcast episode featuring one of my favorite trail runners Devon Yanko reminded me of the power of women trail runners and the new trail route was absolutely perfect! I was focused and mentally present on my run, concentrating on the terrain while enjoying the fresh view. Yes, 13 miles was still hard, but I was relaxed, ran a good pace, felt strong, and I LOVED the views of the trails. (Seriously I can’t wait to go back to this spot to run again) I walked away from that run feeling better than I had in a while and knowing I can do this. I know that sounds a bit cheesy, but it really felt great to push through the “fear” of the run and realize the base training I have put in is really working.
Here is how my week’s training stacked up:
Random thoughts from the week:
--I must prepare my strength training workouts in advance and incorporate more running drills during the week. My ankles and hips are taking a beating, so I need to work on building that strength as well as my running form & economy. This includes drills such as A-skips, high knees, butt kicks, etc. I will talk to my coach about ankle work, as she has given me some great ideas for my strength workouts.
--I focused on hydrating more this week, and can do even better. I sweat a lot when I workout and loose a lot of salt, so I need to focus on this more than others. Vishal from Nuun wrote this blog post this week on the importance of salt, and it was a great reminder for me.
--I have been keeping a log of my weekly workouts, but this week I realized I need more details. Less info about the mileage, as my Garmin and Strava accounts record that detail, and more on the specifics of workout and the effects (such as how I fueled, how it felt, etc).
My focus for this cycle of my training plan is to build strength and endurance. Keep checking back, to see how it goes. Oh, and if you have ideas for other great trails in the LA area, or running drills that you love…send them my way.