Finally, a comfortable run

Today, a solid seven days after the snowshoe death march, I mean, race, I finally had a comfortable run.  I took a day off from running the day after the death march, ahem, race, but started up again on Monday.  So six miles on Monday, four miles Tuesday (with speed work and crazy wind), Pilates reformer class on Wednesday, seven miles marathon pace on Thursday (I am doing the Boston marathon in April, and am attempting to train for that, as well as this crazy ultra), four miles Friday, and eight miles today.  And it took until today until I felt good.  Not sure if I needed more recovery post death march, I mean race, or if I just needed to get some consecutive training days in to adjust, or what.

I did manage to take the 2 big white dogs for two of the runs.  At some point, I’ll figure out how to take some decent video of them running and post it so others can see the joy and power they exhibit out there.  It is inspiring!  But for the time being, you just get pictures of them after a run, like this one:

Y and S asleep, post-run

Y and S asleep, post-run

Now, the only problem, is sore feet.  It’s nothing major, and I do know aches and pains from lots of physical activity over the years, and because of my work as a massage therapist.  Thank god, I got one of these!

The BEST foot roller!

The BEST foot roller!

Tomorrow, 14 miles.  At least, that’s the plan.  Will keep you apprised.

 

Advertisements

Leadville 100 Trail Race

It has been awhile since I blogged.  Actually, it has been since July 2012, right about the time I completed my first ultra trail race, Leadville’s Silver Rush 50. 

Running the Silver Rush 50

Running the Silver Rush 50

It was epic – a long, long time on the trail, at just about perfect temperatures, fabulous co-participants, an even more fabulous set of self-proclaimed athletic supporters, what seemed to be an unending supply of energy, if not speed, and no nasty thunderstorms until the very end (and at that point I didn’t really care about anything, except finishing – as long as I wasn’t struck by lightning, I was getting over that finish line, regardless of what the sky was throwing at me). 

Well, now I’m in for an even more epic adventure, and this one is going to be twice as long – I registered for Leadville’s 100 mile trail race in August of this new 2013 year.  Some say it’s easier (wider forest roads instead of steeper, more technical singletracks), some say harder (it is, after all, twice as long).  I will be running and/or stumbling for more than 24 hours, running at night, running on full, running on empty, running with pacers, running with others, running by myself, running towards, running away, just plain running for a helluva long time. 

Not quite sure just what I have gotten myself into.  Certainly, a bit, or more, of some pain.  Hopefully, a bit, or more, of some nirvana.

And recently, on my little yak trak snowy run at Brainard Lake,

Chilly post-run me!

Chilly post-run me!

attempting to pick up some speed in short dabs of intervals, in chilly, windy conditions, I realized (again) that I run because, well, as trite as it sounds, because I can.  I am so incredibly blessed – to be able to run physically, to be able to run lifestyle-wise, to be able to run mentally, to be able to run, period. 

What a journey this will be.  I will post more when I can – stick with me, if you like – it might be interesting, and even, kind of fun!

Taking the day off…

I’m tired.  So, I’m listening to the body, and the brain, and I’m not running today (or hiking, or biking, or pilates, or yoga, or working out…).  Harder than you might think to stop, even for a day.  Especially, since the Silver Rush 50  is about three weeks away (yikes!).

It’s not that I’m not occupied.  Instead of two big white dogs, we currently have three.  New guy is Walden (affectionately called “Waldo”) – he is a foster and is under two years of age, and just like our two big white dogs, active and happy.  Quite the scene here really.  Quite the chaotic scene.

And the Celestial Massage business is cranking too.  A little surprising with the beginning of summer – typically folks take time off what with kids out for summer, but we have both been humming along.

So, perhaps all the activity is a good thing.  I certainly don’t have time to fret about the race and I find I’m adopting a “c’est la vie” attitude towards it.  We will see if that holds.  In the meantime, get some sleep for me and send me energy – I have a feeling I’ll need the extra boost!