Hi everyone! This is my last Zion Half training post! How crazy is that?!?! I’m almost there! So what did I do this week?
Monday: rest day
Tuesday: Girls on the Run and a 45 minute walk. Today was also a big day at work that I’ve been stressing about for months, and it went really well! It was so nice to be able to relax for once!
Wednesday: 45 minute treadmill run, 4:1 intervals. It was so warm today but I just couldn’t get out on the trails before sunset.
Thursday: Girls on the Run and then some stretching yoga at home. Another super warm day so the girls ran outside! Just not me.
Friday: 45 minute treadmill run, 4:1 intervals after book club with my coworkers. It was dark after I got home, but it was so nice and warm out again!
Saturday: It was 45 degrees and sunny outside all day, so I decided to run my last long run of the training cycle! I had 6 miles on my plan and I was so excited to run outside. My doctor would have killed me if he knew, especially since the terrain changed a lot! Half of my run was on inch-deep slush/puddles, a quarter was on hard ice, and the other quarter was on solid ground!
I ran 2 miles towards the mountains and back, and then 1 mile towards the coast and back. I did this in case I needed a water break (I left some in my car) but I ended up feeling great and just powered through it. Not only did my body feel great, my brain did too! The sun was warm and it felt like spring. I was having a blast out there and was laughing out loud as I ran through giant puddles. It was like I was a little kid 🙂
If I hadn’t had to deal with ice and deep slush, I would have been running at a pretty fast pace. I only walked once per mile whenever I felt that it was unsafe to run (like in a tunnel where there was ice on the bottom that was covered in ankle deep water!) and I think that on clear ground on race day I should be able to keep up a good pace.
After running I raced back to shower before heading downtown for the end of the Fur Rondy. Through some terrible oversight we missed the ceremonial start of the Iditarod, but we did get to see the Running of the Reindeer! People paid $30 to run down 4th Ave while reindeer chased them. It was kind of scary to watch but everyone looked like they were having fun. And then I ate reindeer sausage because it’s just too yummy 🙂
I was kind of sad about Fur Rondy this year – our lack of snow and cold weather made it not as fun as it should have been. They had to bring in snow on trucks to fill in the streets, and all the snow and ice sculptures melted. And I’m pretty worried about how the dogs did running in 43 degree weather! Next year I’m hoping it will actually feel like winter (and that I don’t get the dates of the Iditarod wrong!).
Sunday: yoga at home.
It was a great week and I’m feeling awesome about the race! I know I won’t PR, but considering the fact that I really thought I’d have to pull out of this race a few weeks ago due to hip pain I’m just so happy that I’ll even be starting the race! My plan for this week is to:
1. Run 1-2 more times before the race. I’ll have to see how I feel on Thursday when we arrive in Utah, but I’ll try to do a really quick and easy run that night if possible.
2. Go to an actual yoga class or two. It’s spring break and I have no excuse to make it to one this week!
3. HYDRATE. So much.
4. Foam roll and stretch a lot.
5. Relax! I need to not stress about this. Everything will be fine.
Thanks everyone for your support during this crazy training cycle! I couldn’t have made it here without all of your encouragement, support, and tips. I can’t wait to tell you how it goes!
Did you get to run outside this week? And are you aware of my new Instagram account? Hit me up at @runawaywithkk and I’ll follow you back!