Week 16 training – 47 miles total. We are now in the month that precedes the month in which I will run my ill-conceived 100 K. Highlights of the week included spending time with family and driving to the magical land of 14ers. The crappiest part of the training week was a long run attempt in 90+ degree heat and semi-failing. Twice!
Sunday: Rest day. We woke up earlyish and went down to eat breakfast with Rachel and Evan before they left for their honeymoon.
Later in the morning Dan and I drove to National Harbor (near D.C.) to meet his parents for lunch. We first walked around the MGM casino which is gigantic and opulent.
After a sushi lunch we went back to their house to hang out. Later, Dan’s grandparents came over and we all had dinner together. I think I hit the in-laws lottery, they are amazing.
Monday: 5 miles in the delicious, fragrant humidity that is a D.C. summer. Hung out at Dan’s parents’ home and then flew back to Denver at night.
Tuesday: gym for stair stepper and weights. Work at night.
Wednesday: 4 miles. I went to work at night but got budgeted (released) for the second 4 hours of my shift. Went home, ate potato chips as a pre-run snack (def know how to fuel) and then ran in the gloriousness that is an early-summer evening. I don’t get a runner’s high too often, but this does it for me.
I also like these unexpected budgets because it’s like a bonus night where Dan and I can make dinner, drink wine and watch Futurama.
Thursday: 5 miles of hiking/running Green Mountain with my friend. Work at night.
Friday: 16 miles of trail running at North Table Mountain.
The goal was 22 miles. It was in the upper 80s by mid morning and two hours in I drank all of my water (3 L!). Going another 1.5+ hours without water wasn’t happening, so I called it quits. On the drive home I worried obsessively about the race. Such a helpful and productive habit!
Saturday: 17 miles. I hit the mileage I wanted, but felt like death at the end.
It was 93 degrees and my legs felt like lead for ~80% of the run. When I got home I flopped on our cold wood floor and comforted myself with positive mantras like ‘welp, if it’s over 75 degrees I definitely won’t be able to do the race next month.’
Then I tried to stand up and felt a stab of anxiety. I figured it was low blood sugar so I tried to eat something carby and salty [err…chips]. It turned to dry paste in my mouth and I couldn’t get it down. Yikes. I had this happen in my 50 miler and it sufficiently adds to my existing low blood sugar-induced anxiety. So I sat down, drank Nuun, ate a sugary bar and waited for it to pass. Eventually the worst of it did, but I felt off for several more hours. I had plans to hang out with a friend after my run. We leisurely hung out at her house and I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin. Hooray.
Later in the afternoon Dan and I drove to the Mt. Antero trailhead near Buena Vista. 14er season is here [for us]!! We got in around 7 PM and cooked a pasta dinner. Enjoying the clean, crisp mountain air:
Preview of the next few days:
Ali on the Run “Dan Nevins, Army Veteran, Double Amputee & Yoga Teacher” – Dan lost both his legs in an explosion while serving overseas in the Iraq War. Quite the inspiration, he talks about once being a competitive runner and athlete to later adjusting to life without legs.
Ali on the Run “Natalie Morales, Today Show West Coast Anchor & Host of Access Hollywood” – she’s good at interviewing people and being interviewed.
Listening: “I Can’t Wait” by Star and Micey; and “Painting (Masterpiece)” by Lewis Del Mar via Spotify recommendations. I NEED NEW MUSIC.
I’m losing hope that I will finish the Thief’s Daughter. When it feels like I have to finish a book, it’s a good indicator to let it go. Dan’s reading the preceding trilogy, so if he makes it through this one and likes it I may give it another go.