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Truth be told, I’d like to say this training I’m referring to is equal parts “I have no idea what I’m doing ” and “I’ve been training for this my whole life”.
When Heather and Heidi proposed actually doing the Rim to Rim to Rim Grand Canyon run, my gut reaction was HELL YEAH. I’ve spent hours, if not days, climbing up some ridiculous East Coast inclines over the past few years, and I’ve learned to not fear a good climb. Your quads burn, your legs ache, you are bent over in exhaustion with your hands on your knees…but if you just keep moving, you’ll eventually make it to the top. My legs have yet to fail me so far.
So in one sense, I’m not intimidated by the thought of running/hiking/climbing 42+ miles through the Grand Canyon.
On the other hand, there’s this:
How does one even begin to wrap their mind around something of this magnitude, especially when they currently live at sea level, with the greatest “incline” worth mentioning is a two lane bridge that goes over the Inter-Coastal waterway?
The answer is: you just can’t.
I honestly think I’m going to have to go ahead and tack 10 minutes of stationary time to the front end of our #R2R2R attempt, as I’ll be standing there with my jaw on the ground just in awe at what I’m seeing. Never mind ever actually grasping the concept what it will entail to climb down, back up, down, and back up again, this massive hole in the earth.
So I am relying on what elevation gain experience I have (numerous up-and downs on Killington mountains double black diamond slopes) as well as the knowledge and education I’ve accumulated over the years as a fitness professional…
…and combining it with the resources I have here in sunny, flat, South Carolina.
Coming down from the Epic 24 hour race, combined with the holidays, has put me in a semi training slump. So week one was more of a “get back into the habit” week, rather than hitting specific workouts.
Sunday: 9 mile run with my work running group. I refuse to use the term “slow”, because I think everyone’s pace is just perfect and should be respected. But I will say that the 9 miles were run slow-er than I would have done on my own. That said, it equated to even more time on my feet, which is a good thing. Relentless forward …movement.
The run was followed by a basic leg strength training session with my friend Chelsey. This was also my very first visit to a Planet Fitness, which surprised me with just HOW purple the place is, as well as the fact that they have monkey bars. All gyms should have monkey bars.
Monday: 1.5 miles on the stair climber. I’ve decided this device will be a necessary evil for #R2R2R training. I actually don’t dislike it, I’d rather spend some time suffering on the stair climber (step mill?) than the treadmill. Anyway, 15 minutes on this sucker, followed by a chest/shoulders/triceps strength workout.
Tuesday: I did something. I’ve been trying to log my workouts on Strava, but I’ve also been going through a “who needs a fitness tracker anyway” phase. As a result, I forget to log stuff, and then forget exactly what I’ve done. Anyway, I know for a fact that I did a back/biceps strength day, but I can’t for the life of me remember what I did for cardio. This is the problem when you work in a gym and squeeze in workouts wherever you can: the days kind of blend together. I can tell you it was either the stair climber or the AMT , which is one of those “am I a stair climber or am I an elliptical? Your guess is as good as mine” machines. (Precor claims it’s better than both.)
Wednesday: Speedwork with work group. It’s their cutback week in their half marathon training plan, so I figured I’d take it easy on them 😉 5 minute treadmill warm up followed by 30 second plyometric intervals paired with 2 minute run intervals. There were squat jumps, there were burpees, jumping lunges, and frog jump/bounds. I didn’t push my pace, and instead ran comfortably. 2.3 miles (plus all of that plyo) in 20 minutes.
Thursday: 9.2 miles & stuff. I started the day with 2.2 miles of intervals on the AMT. I like this thing because it forces me to climb, but is more fluid like running, without the impact. 20 minutes of intervals on settings 1 for the flats and 10 for the climbs.
Then I taught Senior Circuit. I absolutely adore that class, and despite being geared for senior citizens, I usually get in a good workout myself. This is typically because exercising and simultaneously talking with a big smile on my face leaves me winded, and the class leaves me with the heavier weights/resistance bands.
Later in the day Geoff and I joined a few local GSRC friends for a stroll through our local trail. The first 5.5 miles were a leisurely pace which was truly, TRULY welcomed. My legs and body were tired. The last 1.5 miles of trail, Geoff and I said our goodbyes to our friends, and headed off to finish the loop. We pushed, and while I felt winded, it felt good to push.
Friday & Saturday: Rest. Mom stuff, life stuff, just being kind of lazy and wanting a rest day…and stuff.
Goals for next week:
-Get back into a regular strength training routine, with lower body/leg focus twice per week, a back/biceps day once, chest/triceps/shoulders one day, and an upper body combo once.
-Yoga. I swear that at some point during 2016, I will learn to not hate yoga.
– Get back on the trail. Because it makes me happy.
– Climb (stair climber) at least 2X.
– Long run with group.
– Start reading up on other’s R2R2R attempts, so I have even a sliver of an idea of what I’m going up against.
– Come up with some sort of legitimate training plan.
And then maybe next week, I’ll have more to tell you…