🎶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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