I decided to continue on with my running plan as scheduled for this week despite last week’s unplanned rest, since it was a scheduled cutback anyway. I’m happy to say things went very well this week and I am so hungry for a good LOOONNNNGG run in the woods next weekend! I cannot believe tomorrow is MAY! Pretty soon it will be one month until Cayuga and that is just insane.
Last Training Week of April
Mon: chiro appt & 4 trail miles
Tues: 7 trail miles in the pouring rain….BLISS!
Wed: REST and chiro appt
Thurs: 6 humid miles on trails
Sat: 10 humid, steep, and rugged miles @ Colonel Denning (pics below)
Sun: 10 trail miles (7 @ Pine Grove and 3 @ Kings Gap with Boof)
**There was some core work and a day of weights but I can’t remember when! My magic stretch the chiro showed me is still happening multiple times per day. I have to do it at least 4 times a day and before/after runs. It is working like a charm 🙂 **
Pics from Saturday’s Run @ Colonel Denning
Ran the steep 2 miles down from there to the campground parking lot and took the roads back to my car in order to avoid previously mentioned turkey hunter. Of course his car was gone by then anyway. Due to the humidity and maybe from not running last week, this run felt harder than it should but it also had some decent elevation. I wish I could track the vert gain somehow but it was a great training run. Quality over quantity in this case!
Volunteering for Ironmaster’s Challenge 50K and 15K
This was my first ultra! Since it didn’t jive with my Cayuga training, I decided to volunteer in the morning. I had a great time helping out. Who doesn’t like being around other runners about to do something amazing!? I got to see some friends before their races began, the helped with the 50K bag and 15K registration. Then I was sent out to help at the 4 mile mark of the 50K where some runners were making a wrong turn, except by the time I got there the sweep was already done!
When I was done helping out, I decided to get some miles in while I waited for my friend Christy to finish. (She ended up with a HUGE PR by the way!!! So excited for her!) So I ran up Buck Ridge and turned left at a grassy clearing to explore some new territory. It ended up being an amazing trail with endless switchbacks up the mountain. I had to turn around before I found out where the trail led, so I’ll definitely be back to check that one out soon! It’s just a reminder how many trails have been left unexplored (by me) so far. Even trails I’ve run past probably endless times. Always something new to discover!
Congrats to all of my friends who ran Ironmaster’s. It was so great to see all of you at the race!