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Nearly ten (10!!) years ago, on this very blog, I started a little something called the “Sunday Review”. I would share a roundup of products I liked that week. Alas, a decade ago I was also a full time student with two toddlers at home, and rarely was I able to follow through with any sort of streak. Hell, back then I was lucky if I made it to school on time, never mind put out a blog post when I said I was going to.
But here we are, a decade later. I’m eyeballing my next 100 miler (… in about six months) and thought it would be fun to bring back some sort of consistency for those who enjoy following other’s training progress. But in addition to the training posts, I’m going to share products, events, and other “stuff” that I’ve also discovered and/or enjoyed that week.
This time we’re going to call it the “Commotion Chronicles”, because my awesome mother-in-law came up with the name, and I like it. We’ll see how long this lasts…
As of yesterday, I’ve got 26 weeks until Hell Hole Hundred. I was recently talking with a client who has a big goal race in approximately the same time frame( just a few weeks after Hell Hole). She mentioned how it’s hard to stay motivated when your goal race is seemingly so far away.
I completely understand.
I try not to make generalizations or stereotypes, but I’m going to make an exception in this case and say that ultra runners tend to be pretty extreme in everything they do. That includes registering for, and racing, far too many events in a calendar year. It partially makes sense: if you’re training for a 100 miler, using shorter distance races as long training runs is far less boring. But, unfortunately, “shorter” distance races isn’t always the case. Many of us (yes, us) are guilty of throwing in stupid long distances on a whim.
Case in point: Saddlers Creek Stumble two weeks ago. Oops? (Are we still buying that excuse?)
So anyway, if you’re wondering how the last 8 weeks of training have gone since I declared that Hell Hole 100 was going to be my goal race, the answer is…they haven’t really gone anywhere. The last two weeks specifically I’ve spent recovering from the race, and more so, recovering from this gnarly head cold that will seemingly NOT GO AWAY.
But, the positive is this: Saddlers Creek was a huge, HUGE confidence booster. Not only do I know my legs are capable of ridiculous distances (still), but my head game was very strong. I ran the entire 21+ hours by myself, through the night, and for the most part stayed mentally strong. That was a huge win in my book (and a win overall, which was pretty neat).
This week’s training included the following:
- Nothing. Sick. Ugh.
- light mixed upper body strength (push & pull)
- 4 miles at the track. 400 m intervals – they started off hilariously slow (first run back) and ended pretty strong.
- 1.5 miles at the trail (2nd annual unofficial trail weenie turkey trot and green bean casserole mile)
- Lower body / legs strength training (thank you gym for being open on Thanksgiving!)
- 7 mile night mountain bike ride. Did not crash.
- Back/biceps (pull) strength day
- 1 hour trail run (easy effort)
In short, this week was simply about getting back out there, and trying to get my body to sweat between coughing fits and runny noses.
THINGS & STUFF
My new favorite product of the week has been, hands down, the Takeya Stay Hot leak proof travel mug. As mentioned, I’ve been sick, and hot tea has been my feel better side kick. These mugs keep my tea hot (almost too hot – I have to add an ice cube because I’m a big chicken with hot beverages). But best of all, they really are leak and spill proof, so they travel well. Bottoms up!
AROUND THE WEB
It’s officially Christmas season, which in the fitness – running – social media world, means it’s challenge time. I have such mixed feelings about “challenges” and “streaks” in general. On one hand, I don’t love the idea of doing the same style of exercise over and over with zero rest days. It’s a sure fire path to injury land, a place I prefer to stay far, far away from.
On the otherhand, if it keeps you motivated to train through the chaos of the holidays, well that can be a good thing.
BUT ON THE OTHER-OTHER HAND…I’m also one who believes that the holidays should be chaotic and fun, and if you fall off of your training wagon- oh well. Life is short. Eat the Christmas cookies and spend time with your family and don’t feel guilty about missing a workout.
At the end of the day though, if you think challenges are fun – then have fun. Who am I to judge. And on that note, I’ve joined two challenges myself this holiday season, because why the hell not:
Yeti 12 Days of Vert
The premise is this: from December 14-December 25 (12 days), you have to complete 1,100 feet of vertical gain each day. You can run, hike, climb, or if you are like me in flat Myrtle Beach: treadmill. But you can’t combine days, it’s got to be 12 consecutive days of vert.
How do you keep track of it? NO IDEA! It’s the Yeti’s, which means it’s kind of an honor system free-for-all. But they did include a free Ultrasignup registration this year. So there’s that. I’m going to try my best to complete all 12 days.
Fit Approach #HolidaySweat Challenge
This one in much more simple: commit to doing 10 minutes of activity EVERY DAY from Thanksgiving Day until New Year’s Day. A more gentle approach (far more gentle than 1,100 feet of vertical gain a day) to keep your body moving. Plus, I adore the Fit Approach crew, so I’m happy to support this challenge and play along.
…sums up my household day to day life.
Bigfoot Search Party
I’m not sure if I’ve ever officially mentioned it here, but I started a second blog. I’m wildly inconsistent with posting over there, but I’ve got a half dozen posts up already. Currently, it’s a place for me to ramble about my non running shenanigans. I have grandiose plans to make it an outdoor/journal blog (again, separate from running) but for now…it’s just a lot of thoughts about life.
You can check it out HERE (and thank you for your support!).
I think that’s it for this week. Next week promises to be more exciting as I hope to be back to training 6 days a week. I’ve also got Last Chance 25K/50K on Saturday (personal distance to be determined). Until then…happy trails!