🎶Slip Slidin’ Away🎶

It’s Sunday afternoon, I’ve got steak and chicken marinating and awaiting the grill, I have two out of three of my boys here, Major Hubs will be home in less than two weeks and it’s time for another Weekly Wrap. Life is busy, hot and humid ….but it is good!

Ways Bluff

The training plan provided to me by the Fleet Feet running group I’m training with calls for 4 runs per week. I mentioned early on that I wasn’t sure how that would work for me as I tend to get injured when I run more than 3 days per week. The training group has two group runs per week, one being a tempo run and the other a long trail run. The weekday tempo run is the one I’m having trouble with. It’s at 6 pm, after an exhausting day of work, it’s hot as Hades at 6 pm and any and all types of speed work tends to aggravate my ankles. I don’t like aggravating my ankles. So, I’m trying to decide if I skip all group tempo runs and replace them with easy paced runs or suck it up and see how long I can endure them before injury strikes. I know, that sounds so pessimistic …..but I know my body and unfortunately, I know my ankles even better.

Regardless, here’s how Week 4 of Ways Bluff 25k training played out:

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Monday: 3 miles were on the plan but rest is what happened. Seriously folks, that damn Body Pump class on Sunday trashed my legs.
Tuesday: Rest was on the plan but I had planned on running my 3 from the day before. However, I was still so stinking sore from Sunday’s Body Pump class that I just couldn’t even think about running. It’s become very clear to me that Body Pump and race training simply cannot coexist in my world. It might not be so bad if every Body Pump workout didn’t include a ridiculous amount of squats and lunges. In addition to my aching quads, the college boy came home for one night in order to get his new pup neutered. He brought him home with the ‘cone of shame’ and I have to admit that even I laughed at him. He kept running into doors and walls because he couldn’t judge the distance with it on. Chester kept barking at him because he didn’t know what the heck it was. It was all quite the spectacle.

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That face cracks me up ….”Seriously dude, I though we were friends. How could you do this to me?”

Wednesday: Group tempo run was on the plan but I opted for an easier 3 mile solo run. Call me a wimp, but 90 degrees at 7 pm is just not ideal temps for a tempo run.
Thursday: 3 easy trail miles were on the plan and that’s exactly what I did. I’m realizing that I’m much more inclined to run the trail miles than I am the road miles ….hmmm, are the running gods trying to tell me something?
Friday: Rest day according to the plan. However; since I missed Monday’s run, I opted for 40 minutes of pool running. I ran half of the laps with ‘high knees’ in an effort to practice picking up my feet more ….which is imperative in trail running. I’m hoping this will help prevent me from face planting.
Saturday: 7 mile single track MUDDY trail run with the group. I’m like a kid on Christmas morning looking forward to these runs. They are such a challenge, yet so refreshing ….if that makes any sense at all.

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Aren’t they just the most disgusting little creatures? And itch ….oh my gosh, their bites itch!

It stormed the night before, so I was anticipating that it would be a muddy run. I had ordered a pair of gaiters but they had not arrived in time. So, in an effort to ‘make due’, I wore my Legend Compression socks. Because it was so hot and humid, I shoved them down around my ankles to help keep debris out. This worked perfectly aside from the tick who found his way up my shoes and socks and grabbed a hold of my skin just above my sock line. Maybe next week, I’ll pull them up to my knees. I don’t know what the deal is with me and ticks …I literally coat myself in bug spray, yet they still seem to be attracted to me. Two ticks in four weeks is not a very good track record.

Aside from that, the run was amazing. It took us 1 hour and 40 minutes to run slip and slide 7 miles, yet it flew by. If I ran that pace on the road, I’d be bored crazy and terribly disappointed. Yet somehow, on the trails, the slower pace feels like a decent pace and there’s never a single moment of boredom. The verdict is still out …but I could quite possibly be a trail runner for life!

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You know you’re a trail runner when your run maps start looking like this.

Sunday: Between church, a funeral and a fun evening with the boys, I still managed to get my 30 minutes of ‘brisk walking’ in. Our training coach keeps emphasizing how important these Sunday walks are ….he says this is not meant to be a leisurely stroll, but a fast paced walk for 30 minutes because most will have to walk at some point in a 25 to 50k trail race.
Trail Running Stats: 29 miles, 2 ticks, 2 snakes, 4 stumbles, 1 spider web, 1 briar bush, 0 falls.

….and that’s a wrap! I’m linking up with my ‘Hostess Twinkies’ Holly and Wendy, for the Weekly Wrap linkup. Be sure to visit their blogs and all of the others linking up each week. We’re all about supporting and encouraging each other to not only be our best, but to push ourselves out of our comfort zones to achieve those goals others only dream of!

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Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one trail run at a time!

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23 thoughts on “🎶Slip Slidin’ Away🎶

  1. I think your decision on the temp runs sounds a good one. The easiest way to hurt yourself out of the runs you have scheduled and you know your own body. I have left off tempo and speedwork training for marathons and been able to get through on endurance – not fast, but OK.
    That tick: argh! I am a magnet for horse flies at the moment, I’ve been literally one after the other. Last one from last Tuesday has gone down and nothing more right now, so fingers crossed …
    Lovely to see you enjoying yourself on the trails: I’ve noticed I’m happier going off road after my race last weekend as I saw I could manage to an extent!

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    • I agree with you and did the same thing on my second marathon. After all, the marathon is really all about endurance anyway and I’ll never be a fast marathoner so why injure myself trying, right? Lol

      I’m loving this trail running and like you said …I just feel happier!

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    • Yes, ticks are disgusting. While we don’t have as much of a problem with Lyme disease down here as you guys do, we still have to be diligent in getting them off early because it can happen.

      I’m really enjoying the pool running too …and I haven’t even thought about the winter months. Even though I go to an indoor pool, the idea of walking out to my car after having been in the pool in the winter doesn’t sound all that appealing. We shall see.

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  2. I love how you’re attacking this training! Instead of tempo runs, have you considered interval training? My knees are not loving speedwork, or any running actually, and the bootcamp I’ve been doing has been an absolute lifesaver. Ok, run saver. It’s been fun and I’m seeing good results on the road.

    Those ticks are so disgusting. Do you guys have lyme disease down there? We see a lot of it up here from ticks. Altho you pull them off so fast, there’s no time for problems! Yikes.

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    • That’s a good idea …I may have to check into some sort of bootcamp.

      We really don’t have as prevalent of a Lyme disease problem down here as you guys do. Although, it does happen. I really do spray really well before each run and check myself thoroughly when I’m done. I do believe the key is to get them off within 24 hours, right?

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  3. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets says:

    Oh no the ticks! I hope they will keep away from you moving forward. I would love to get more into trail running but I always forget about the danger of ticks…I have a ton of trails near home that I hope to explore more when I’m injury-free!

    I’ve never done Bodypump. It’s good to learn what workouts are complementary to training and which ones aren’t…I’m sure I couldn’t make it through that class at this point!

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    • Yes, Janelle, you should definitely check out those trails as soon as you’re back to running. They are so much kinder and gentler on the joints!

      I love Bodypump ….but those dang squats! I even tried it with very little weight on the bar and was still sore. Guess I’m just getting old and out of shape. Lol

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  4. So glad that you had a great week of workouts!
    That picture of your son and his dog cracks me up!! The look on the dog’s face just says it all.
    So exciting that your husband will be home soon! I know that you can’t wait!

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  5. You’re slaying it girl! I so feel you on the BodyPump thing. I can’t do it when I’m training either. Just too friggin sore! Hooray for the reunion coming up SOON!

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  6. If I may insert my 2 cents worth ….have you considered doing some stair climbing in lieu of the tempo runs? You wouldn’t have to “run” the stairs, but it would give you some decent cardio, glute work, and “high-stepping” work for the legs. Anyways, you are totally embracing all this trail training 😉 And the Major is due home soon!!!!!

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  7. I think I could definitely get into trail running. I think we have more trails than I am aware of! Yikes on the tick. I don’t recall those bites itching but maybe because I’m suffering from mosquito bites driving me crazy!

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  8. I have actually never found a tick on myself, but it’s the ones you don’t find that are usually the problem! I think you’ll love the gaiters. I know I did. The trails I ran were super sandy & before the gaiters I’d dump like a river of sand out of my shoes — post gaiters nothing would come out!
    Maybe I’d love trails more if I had a group to run with. I can definitely tell you that I would not be doing a tempo run if it were 90! Not outside, anyway.
    Listen to that body. You know what works best for it.

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  9. Good job on your week of training! I think you should listen to your body and if you’re hesitant about injuring yourself on your tempo runs, then you should replace them with an easier run. You’ve already moved from 3 to 4 days per week of running, and increasing running by a day plus pushing hard on that run might be too much. If this training cycle works well and you have a good first trail race, perhaps add the tempo run in next cycle. I’d recommend you express your concerns to your coach, though. He/she will be able to guide you based on your concerns.
    Ticks freak me out, but somehow even with growing up on a farm and being an avid gardener, I’ve never found a tick on me.

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  10. I’m very impressed with your after work miles. Do you think you are sweating off the bug spray? We have to check for ticks after visiting the in-laws, who live in the wooded mountains of GA. Grand Pup looks totally “outdone” with college boy. I hope he is feeling better now. I know you are counting the hours now until Major Hubs returns! 😉 Thanks for linking.

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