Torture Report: Sacred Running, Race Countdown and Humpty

11 Weeks and Counting…

(L)  Somehow 12 weeks seemed like such a good distance to be away from the race and now that it is 11 weeks away…my heart is pounding.  Only 7 days have passed and yet I feel like my training schedule just took a giant leap forward.  Anyone reading this each week knows that G has been putting her heart and soul into training as she does everything. I, on the other hand, seem to do just enough to get by.  I did get some good runs in and the weather has been BEAUTIFUL here in the west so I can’t complain.  

IMG_6102

Samson and I had a few great 4-5 mile runs outside this week that left me tired and wondering how I would ever complete anything more than 10 miles during my training. However, I did do one 8-miler and a 5-miler with hill repeats, which left me feeling like I had completed at least 20 miles. So, where am I really? Well, I have been feeling a little defeated and like I really don’t have enough time to train for this.  Then I went back and read my theme for the year:  Sacred.  I feel better because I am doing the best I can and when I do get the opportunity to run with the warmth of the sun shining on my face I can truly say those miles are sacred to me.  

Now, with 11 weeks left I will train as much as I can and make the most of each session. On race day I will do what I am capable of and know that this year’s experience may be different from last year, but it won’t be any less important.

February Challenge  Last week I told you that the challenge was going pretty well and it still is. I will say that clearly my hip flexors are in knots because as they begin to stretch and unwind I feel every single achy kink.  I may need to do this challenge for months.

DCIM106GOPRO

(G) I have this mythical relationship with recovery weeks. Mythical in the sense that I have this feeling and expectation that they are going to feel magical, restful and all kinds of easy. In reality they are more like the Humpty Dumpty experience.
After two hard weeks of training I am starting to learn that my light week is spent putting myself back together. It’s not always smooth and so far it’s never easy. You’d think I would’ve figured that out before now.
Kinder, gentler core challenge
My February approach to a useful but less aggressive challenge is working out well. I can feel how it’s really helping with core stabilization and also reducing my low back tightness after a long run. Who knew working a little less hard but strategically could actually pay off? Of course, I am still waiting for that six-pack …and not the one from the cooler.
Adding up the miles
A couple of weeks into February and I have the 100-mile mark in my rearview mirror. Be assured that’s better in the mirror than my rear. One creates a happy face, the other a scared face.
As of this morning I am sitting at 225 miles for the year. The real key for meeting my goal for the year is to keep the mojo going after May. We’ll see.
LBL 60K
First race of 2015
Only 24 days until Land Between the Lakes 60K. Right about now is when I start to wonder how it ever seemed like a good idea. When signing up for a race it’s always full of hope, promise and excitement. Now less than a month away it takes on more of a “Don’t drink and sign up for races any more” quality. But come race day I am always excited and ready to go and I am sure this one will be the same. Plus we’ve never participated in a race in Kentucky before so it’s going to be another year of FIRSTS!!!
And with the first race bib pin-on that close it means there’s no time for slacking. Two hard weeks ahead but Humpty is back together again.

 

Sunshine & Sarcasm,

Lowi & G 

The Torture Report began in January 2014 as a weekly update of our journey to completing a 50-mile race. Since then it’s continued on to become a chronicle of how we try mightily to find fitness, health and sometimes the finish line. We aren’t always successful but we keep showing up and telling you all about it on Tuesdays.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.