Recovery from WIEM was nice and quick and I’m back at it. The North Face 50 Mile championshps in San Francisco is my next goal race but it won’t be the next time I’m racing. I’ll actually be “racing” quite a bit in the next few weeks as training and to get my body ready to run a hard 50 miles. More on those races in a minute.
Maggie is in full on off season mode and taking the entire month of October of from running and then she’s going to ease back into it. She’s smart. Unfortunately that means I’m a bit on my own to train. Don’t get me wrong I have plenty of friends and people I could get out with but it’s hard to fit into my life/work schedule. Running and racing is definitely a big part of my life but my world does not revolve around it and there’s no way I want it to. I love to run and ride my bike but I don’t want to put it first in line when it comes to everything else in my life. I’ve lived that way before and it’s not fun or satisfying.
Maggie and I typically get up at 5am monday through friday and get whatever workout we’re going to do for the day done before work and then if I’m going to do a strength workout I do it at lunch. I loathe afternoon workouts and pretty much avoid them as much as I can. After working all day the last thing I really want to do is go home and train… so I seldom do it. Sure some times an easy jog after work is great and hitting yoga is relaxing. Both of those things are usually done with Maggie and don’t really feel like training. After work I would rather just hang out with Maggie and Ruby, have a beer, and relax rather mustering the motivation to workout. I don’t force anything these days.
Also by the time the weekend comes around the last thing I want to do is train the days away… again… I’ve done it in the past and it wasn’t worth it. After a busy week of work my weekends are about having fun, maximizing time with Maggie, and hanging out with the pup as much as possible. That’s why it’s great to be able to get into the mountains for longs days with Maggie and go for runs with Ruby. It doesn’t feel like training and we are spending incredible times together.
So now with 50 miler in less than 7 weeks and maggie not running I need to figure out how get in the miles around everything I want/like to do. The weekdays are easy. Alarm at 5, coffee, run/ride, go to work. I’ll admit it… my motivation wanes a bit when I am heading out alone on the weekends. I still love to get out and run for sure but logging the big days that I need for a 50 miler is tough for due to the fact I don’t want to spend all weekend training. Maggie supports me 100%… and actually how much she supports me blows me away… but I still don’t want to spend too much time chasing “selfish” goals. On Sunday’s the timing of everything pretty much revolves around what time the Charger’s game is on. The bolts games take priority over running and riding… and pretty much everything else.
I feel I have the best balance of life, work, and training than I ever have. It all comes pretty easy. So for the next six and a half weeks I need to buckle down and get to work if I want to have a successful race at North Face… and by successful I mean giving all I got on the day and hoping the last 20 miles aren’t a death march. To make it a bit easier to get in the big days I am going to jump into some races in the next few weeks and use them as long training days much like the Stagecoach 55k was in Flagstaff last month. It set me up well for Whoo’s in El Morro. For the first time in my life I was able to run a race in a controlled manner ensuring it wouldn’t smash me. I definitely could have run the the next day. I did something similar back in 2012 getting ready for the same North Face 50 miler, which was my first 50 miler. I ran WIEM 50k, the Lake Hodges 50k, and R2R2R on consecutive weekends.
I will be racing the next three weekends in a row:
- 10/26 – Lake Hodges 50k
- 11/1 – San Juan Trail 50k
- 11/8 – 6 Hour of Temecula (mtb race)
I am planning on running both 50k’s at just a long run effort with a goal to run the last hour or so a bit harder… only if I’m feeling good. The 6 hours of Temcula is going to fun. I love mountain bike racing in the fall and it will be a good, long day of suffering. 6 hours on the mountain bike is no joke.
I’m feeling really good right now with a bit of increase in mileage and hoping I can keep rolling and staying injury free. Time will tell.