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We are officially 25 weeks out from Hell Hole Hundred. This week went only slightly better than last, as this cold from hell is still lingering. It’s in that awkward phase where the lasting symptoms are minor enough that they don’t warrant a visit to the doctors office (and risk catching an entirely different virus in the waiting room). But they are still there, they still leave me feeling a low grade level of “blah”, and they are definitely affecting my training. So in short, it wasn’t a high volume training week…but it was something.
- Leg day at the gym. Mondays are heavy/ big moves (squats, dead lifts, lunges, etc).
- 1.5 mile walk on the trail at night with my kiddos. My lungs are loathing the cold air (this lingering cold) so we didn’t get very far.
- 5.5 trail miles. Lungs still mad, but the weather was gorgeous. No complaints.
- Legs part two: all of the accessory muscle groups, running specific moves, and injury prevention exercises. Think: clam shells, fire hydrants, Bosu work, etc.
- Trail brick! Geoff and I started out with a 2.5 mile run on the trail, in the dark. We promised to take it easy, but I felt good and actually turned the run into a bit of speed work. Geoff didn’t complain. Then, we hopped on our mountain bikes with our friend Brian. Unfortunately, I only made it 3 miles before my hands FROZE. Turns out my Under Armour running gloves are not adequate for mountain biking, so I’m going to need to send Santa’s elves over to the bike shop.
- Push (chest/triceps/shoulders) day at the gym. No cardio.
- After setting up our tent and gear for Last Chance 25K at Halfway Creek campground, we went for a 10 mile ride. It was fun – despite getting rained on.
Last Chance 25K. It was a very bad, no good performance. But it was finished. You can read more about that on yesterday’s blog post HERE.
45 minute hike on the treadmill @ 15% incline. Varied between 2.9-3.4 mph.
THINGS & STUFF
Back in October at Ragnar Trail Wawayanda Lake, I had the opportunity to demo a pair of Merrell Bare Access XTR shoes. I loved them. In fact, I ran two of my three loops in them. But, being the practical adult I sometimes tend to be, didn’t purchase them. I’ve thought about them though, for the last three months. So when I happened to log onto the Merrell website on Cyber Monday and saw they were 40% off (Navy color only), I went for it.
Hooray for new shoes! I’d been needing a new pair of shorter distance trail shoes, as the Reebok All Terrain Super’s I’m running in are officially 3.5 years old, and have seen better days. Stay tuned for the full review.
AROUND THE WEB
Hot pavement & bad decisions:
Last July Geoff and I headed down to Port Royal, SC (south of Charleston) to cheer on some friends and clients who were running the Cremator Ultra. Basically, it’s a 50 miler, on the road, with no shade, in Southern South Carolina in July. Geoff declared, after witnessing the race, that he wanted to do it.
I declared that there was no way in hell (ha) I’d ever sign up for that race.
Fast forward to December. The lottery for Cremator opens. Geoff declares he actually doesn’t want to run after all. And yet for some reason unbeknownst to me (seriously, I don’t understand myself most days) I do want to enter.
So in the end, we both threw our names in the hat. The couple that makes stupid decisions together, stays together. Or something like that.
But on a serious note, if I get in: I figure I’ll have plenty of heat training in for Hell Hole, and will have 6 weeks of recovery between the races. I’ve surprisingly done well in years past with heat acclimatization (which has now made me the worst Vermonter ever, I can’t handle the cold). I look forward to putting a new spin on this challenge: training to handle the temps of both races. Assuming, of course, I get into Cremator.
I’ve got this borderline obsession with Krampus and all of it’s Alpine Christmas related folklore cousins. It started as a young child, when I would check out every possible book I could find at the library about the Loch Ness Monster and Chupacabara, and evolved to a love for all things Bigfoot/Yeti as an adult who enjoys frolicking through the woods.
Today I learned about “Perchtenlauf“, a procession meant to drive out the ‘devils of winter’ in early December in Austria and other Alpine villages.
I saw some incredible – and creepy – videos of the traditional Perchten from a group called SEIDÄ PASS . Watch THIS VIDEO on Facebook (sorry, couldn’t directly upload it here) it’s mezmorizing . Also: the krampus look like giant walking hashbrowns, which the 6 year old in me found amusing.
So, that’s my update for the week. Kind of stumbling my way through the first week of December. Hoping THIS WEEK will be the week I finally feel normal, and can end 2019 on a high note. Stay tuned for more…