Training Update & Running on Empty at Ragnar Trail WV

I have two other special posts in the works, so this training update for last week will be a quick one!

Saturday Long Run Pics

 

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Flat Rock, I’ve missed you!  

 

 

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Thanks for running with me, Jason!

 

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If you look really close you can see a blue heron taking off to the other side of the lake.  We came up on him on the other side where he was nesting.  He flew to the beach area, strutted his stuff along the sand, and then headed back to his spot when we got closer.  I’ve never been so close to one that I could hear the graceful flapping of his wings as he sailed across the water!

Weekly Miles

Monday:  12.4 miles on the AT

Tuesday:  rest

Wednesday:  3.5 road miles

Thursday:  rest

Friday:  6 road miles

Saturday:  12 Long run with Ragnar Buddy, Jason.  We got some nice elevation over the 12 miles we ran at Colonel Denning State Park.  Not only did we see a blue heron, but we also saw a few deer run across the trail, and a frog or snake practically under my feet.  We weren’t willing to go back to find out!

Sunday:  45 minutes lifting and core @ gym + 10 mile long run with Ragnar Buddy Don.

 

Running on Empty / My First Ragnar Loop Last Month

I forgot to take a pic on Sunday’s run, so here is one from the Ragnar Trail WV Race.  I’m handing our bib off to Don.  I had pushed as hard as I could to complete that loop and was holding back a puke the best that I could.  I was pretty much running as fast as I could on the trails, on no sleep due to a lot of noise at the campground the night before, so I guess you could say it was good practice for the Devil Dog 100!  I honestly haven’t felt that bad during a run since 2011 when I raced my first 10K and almost puked in front of the entire finish line.  On my first Ragnar Loop, a 4.6 mile technical trail called Big Pine, I literally felt exhaustion settle in throughout my entire body in the first mile, like I was truly running on empty.  My strategy was to not think about how tired I was, and to count people as I passed them instead.  I am showing this pic because it is raw and real.  When I see it I am reminded that pain is temporary and that strength always wins.  Training my brain to stay positive during tough times is the only way I will have a chance at running 100 miles.   I knew I would feel better if I slowed down my pace when I started dry heaving in the last mile, but I did not want to let my team down, so I did not let those negative thoughts dominate me, and I continued to pass people until I came into the exchange zone to hand off our bib.

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One guy did end up passing me during that run after I fell (more like slid into homeplate, only it was a rock sticking up out of inches of soft dirt on the trail).  It was quite humorous and the most comfortable trail running fall I’ve ever had.  LOL He did ask if I was okay first, so it was trail etiquette at its finest.   I literally came to the finish line dry heaving, with mounds of soft dirt caked in the nozzle of my water bottle, and all over my left leg and both hands.   That still cracks me up when I think about it.  As hard as it was, and as awful as I had felt while running. . . I still felt amazing when it was all over.  I remember telling my teammates Mike and Jason about it as they held my things for me while I hosed myself down to get rid of all the dirt.

Stay tuned for a full Ragnar report.  I hope you enjoyed this sneak peak!

 

Is there an awful run that sticks out in your mind that you are proud of for finishing?

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