Meat? Please note that I live a vegetarian lifestyle. So, no real meat for me … ha ha. My legs are still in pain, but it is a good type of pain. As I am training for my very first Ultra-Marathon I am not only training for the distance (or better: time spent on my legs), but I am also training to cover a lot of elevation gain during my runs. Whenever I am out there running I do pick the hilliest route available at almost every occasion. On average a 6-7 mile run has about 500 ft. of elevation gain included. My last long run on Saturday had about 1,600 ft. of elevation gain stretched out over 22 miles. I know this is nothing too impressive for the more experienced ultra-marathon runners, but for me coming from road marathons it is a significant change.
Another thing I have to get used to is the matter of slowing down. I am still running too fast when it comes to running uphill and accordingly I burn a lot of unnecessary energy which will then affect how I feel towards the end of a long run. I ran 22 miles last Saturday and the last 2 miles were harder than expected and harder than necessary. I still had something left to give, but overall I am sure it could have been different. I think I have the distance under control, but the elevation gain is a different story. Currently my goal for the Saturday long runs is to add 2-3 miles on top of what I ran the week before and ideally to further increase the elevation gain, too. The last run was good for almost 1,600 ft. elevation gain and I probably ran about 1,450 ft. of those 1,600 ft. while walking the remaining vertical distance.
Due to work and life getting into the way I have not been able to run as much as I wanted to. My weekly average is closer to mid-40s than to mid-50s. Ideally I would like to hit 60 miles per week, but I do not see that happening anytime soon. I am scheduled to go on vacation during spring break and will have limited availability to do any long runs. My goal is to relax and recover a little bit, but to also use the time to do some more speed work and cross-training. I will then come back and hop right into a long run before Easter which hopefully will be a good indicator what I can do on legs that are a bit less tired. Then I have 3 more long runs planned for April and then kind of taper for the last 2 weeks of April. The race is on April 30th. So, I think this will work out just fine and I am really looking forward to run my very first ultra-marathon.