I think I can honestly say I’ve run through any kind of weather you can imagine, short of a hurricane, during this training! Blizzards, pouring rain, sunny cold days, sunny hot days, freezing rain, knee-high snow drifts, mud, puddles up to my knees…you name it, I’ve run it. There were training runs in single digits with 40 mph winds, and 95 degree temps with high humidity. I feel ready to run 50 in whatever nature throws my way on June 3rd. Until then, I’m logging my taper miles, eating healthy foods, and trying to catch up on sleep and core/strength workouts.
Here’s how this week went down:
Tuesday: 10 trail miles (I was going to do my 8 on this day because Wednesday was supposed to be even hotter, but I only got in 6 on my normal trails in the time I had. I decided to run some more while my son was at Power Train since I didn’t need to do any grocery shopping, so I went to an Appalachian Trail parking lot and had a fun evening run!)
Wednesday: 3 evening road miles (I was busy making cupcakes for a luncheon at school, so I decided not to drive to the trails for a short run. Took the pup and he was pretty tired by the end. ) It was over 95 degrees!
Thursday: 5 trail miles, 90 degrees
Saturday: 10 trail miles (Started early Saturday morning so that I could by home by 9:30 to make breakfast for the boys. It was a nice run and felt good to feel strong for a 10 miler. Most of my 10 – 12 milers this training cycle have been the day after a 20 + mile run when my legs are tired!)
Sunday: 8 trail miles (Seems SO weird to be running without tired legs all this week. Although….I did not get into a good groove until mile 7. Hahahaha…..good thing this is a long race!
New Gear: UltrAspire Collapsible Soft Flask with Tube
I always fill my hydration bladder with plain water and keep a bottle in my vest pocket for Nuun. The problem is, I was using a handheld 12 oz Nathan bottle and it was leaking down my leg and all over the vest pocket during my runs (for at least the first few miles). Also, Nuun tablets are for 16 oz of water and I was drinking some pretty strong Nuun since it didn’t hold that much! I didn’t mind the flavor too much, but the leaking was getting annoying so I ordered this soft flask and it’s working well so far.
I’ve used it 3 times already and will definitely be using it during the Cayuga Trail 50. The soft flask is easy to fill, does not make a sloshing sound when I’m running, fits perfectly in my vest pocket, and most importantly does not leak! I love that I don’t have to take it out to drink and that it holds exactly 16 ounces. Also, you can trim the bottom of the straw to whatever length to fit your needs. I trimmed off about 3/4″ and it was the perfect height to be able to secure it into the yellow loop you can see in the picture near the top of the straw. The straw is out in the picture because I was done running and had a drink, but it stayed secure in that loop while I was running. I’ll only have to take it out of the loop when I’m refilling it at aide stations. I also like the soft flask better than my hard bottle I was using for the fact that the more I drink the smaller it gets, which means less weight/ bulk to carry around on the trails.
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What new gear are you loving right now?
Any races coming up soon?