If you’re keeping up with this nonsense , you may recall that this was only week #3 in my crazy “let’s train for a 24 hour race” plan. However, technically speaking, it’s week #4 on the training plan. Geoff started without me while I was caught up in a late summer bout of strep throat. I know, I know, I’ve mentioned this multiple times and you’re probably wondering why I feel the need to continuously tell you I missed a week. It was all leading up to the explanation of why we took a cutback week at only week #3. And the explanation is: because it was actually week #4.
Now that we’ve got that settled, here’s what I did this week:
I ran just a little bit. Just under 20 miles, to be exact. I have nothing at all exciting to tell you about that training week. I wish I did, the writers block around here is becoming quite painful. Monday we wandered around in the “woods” (I use that term loosely here in Myrtle Beach) trying to find new trails to run. We were semi successful.
Another day there was a group run that included a live Bon Jovi cover band. No, they weren’t there just for our run, but it was pretty hilarious cooling down to their tunes as we were warming up to perform a free concert in a nearby park.
I CAN tell you that Saturdays run, a short one, included a good 20 minute stretch through a very smelly, muddy swamp in Highpoint, NC. Parts of which I actually had to swim because the water was well over my head. Geoff, myself, and a handful of others spent much of that stretch of swamp contemplating whether or not alligators travel that far North. We concluded they did not, and carried on without much of a care. Turns out they DO reside that far North. Huh. Hindsight.
Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures to share of those shenanigans. I carry my cell phone 98% of the time, but I had this gut feeling that we might get wet…really wet. Though I had just met some of these fellow “runners”, I know their type far too well. So I left my phone at our campsite. For once, a smart move.
The bad move of the weekend? Walking through a fire ant pile on the way into my tent, and into my sleeping back. The second I laid down they started biting. It was an insane few minutes of trying to get them all out of there, and now, three days later, my legs are ridiculously itchy. The hazards of adventure…
PLAN FOR WEEK #4:
– 44 miles. We decided to switch our long run day to Monday & Tuesday to accommodate work, kid, & family schedule. Therefore, our long runs for this week are actually already done (24 miles in, 20 to go over 3 more runs).
– STRETCH MORE. I haven’t been doing as well as I had hoped.
– Work on our nutrition. And by that I don’t mean any “cut out the junk food” or “count your calories” nonsense. More so, figure out what is going to work to help us sustain this training plan. It’s a struggle already. More on this in a post later this week…
-Get back to a regular strength training routine. I knew I’d fall off that wagon when I hopped on this one (the ultra bandwagon) but now it’s time to reel it back in. Nothing too intense, but enough to prevent injury and maintain strength.
I’ve got a lot more to tell you, but no time left today, for I am off to the wonderful world of the gym to spread the good word of fitness.
So until next time, remember kids: don’t train like an a$$hole. So far, the plan is working for me…