Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ultramarathon training week in review: Week 12

I have a new donor for UNICEF this week! Judy Ritley from Ohio! Don't forget to donate, the link is on the left hand side of this page. Thanks Judy!

This week has been one of the first really hot weeks of summer (now that summer is almost over!) The lungs have been working a bit of OT this week due to asthma and the hot humid weather, but strength wise I felt really good for my long run on Saturday. As far as life goes, we've been really busy trying to get ready for back to school, and are now done thank goodness! That did not leave me with a whole lot of relaxation time, and that stunk. Now that we are done and there is one more week until school - we are going to make this last week a fun one.
Anyway, back to running...
My long run yesterday was 24 miles. My breathing was bothering me from the moment I woke up, but I felt strong. I did struggle the whole entire trail run trying to get my breathing right, but I still felt way better than last week (strength wise). I finished my run in 3 hours and 59 minutes. I did the exact same trail as last week, so that just shows how crappy I really did feel last week! I do want to change it up, and am looking for a different trail for next week. The trail was busy this week, as park ranger Andy (we've done some hikes with him) had a large group of hikers with him on the trails today. I passed them so many times I know they thought I was crazy. Wheezing every step of the way! I was drinking water about every 5 miles, but at mile 21 I stopped sweating. Uh oh I thought. There was nothing I could do, my water was not close by, I had 3 more miles to go. I finished very dizzy and very dehydrated. I tried to open my car with my cell phone. Nice. I couldn't drink enough water when I finished. I'm going to have to plan better water wise on days like this.

Overall I'm pleased with my long run time this week. Training overall was good.
Here's this week's breakdown:

Monday: 11 miles (17.70 km) a.m. treadmill, sit ups, weights/2.2 miles (2.54km) outside @ lunch

Tuesday: 10 miles (16.09 km) a.m. treadmill, sit ups, weights/2.2 miles (2.54km) outside @ lunch

Wednesday: 10 miles (16.09 km) a.m. treadmill, sit ups, weights/No run at lunch - party for Neils wedding!

Thursday: 11 miles (17.70 km) a.m. treadmill /2.2 miles (2.54km) outside @ lunch

Friday: 12 miles (19.31 km) a.m. treadmill

Saturday: 24 mile (38.62) long trail run


  1. Good training for YUT-C. Last year it was hot and humid so these days are good in case it happens again. It's a great race (with plenty of fluids!)! Also, do you ever rest?? Lotsa miles!

    Keep it going...see you in a month!


  2. let´s rock from mexico!!!
    good luck!!!

    i´m training for a ultra with the raramuris in the ultra de los cañones chihuahua mexico

    dios te bendiga!

  3. Good luck with your ultra! When is it?