Weekend Saturdays are usually the days of my long runs and usually I am really looking forward to it. I love long runs. So, yesterday was no difference, but it turned out to be not the glamorous run I had hoped it to be. The reason (in my opinion) was less in the running conditions, but how I felt after Friday night. No, I was not out partying late if that is your guess. We had ordered food from a restaurant (Pho) the rice noodles tasted differently and had a different texture, too. They looked Ok and smelled Ok, but I guess in the end they were not Ok and I major stomach and digestive problems for the rest of the day. After visiting the bathroom a few times I went to bed and overall it felt Ok.
Well, as mentioned my run on Saturday was not the best, but I pushed through and ran for 20+ miles – which I am very happy about. Right from the start my legs felt tired and I probably went out a bit too fast, too. I made sure that I fueled correctly, but I could feel that my stomach was not in its best shape. Oh, well – I survived and as mentioned I am very happy that I was able to go over 20 miles. In addition I did not shy away from any hills along the way and the run ended up having almost 1,500 feet of elevation gain. Not too shabby considering that I am looking at about 2,000 feet of elevation gain when running the Greenland (Colorado) 50K ultra-marathon. Of course I know this is nothing compared to what other races have, but this is my first attempt at an ultra-marathon – so, don’t judge me ;-). I am training on a lot of hills and I feel that is paying off because my legs do feel pretty good when running long uphill stretches.
The weather yesterday was beautiful and by the time I came home it was almost 70 degrees. I know that cooler temperatures are better for running, but my ultra-marathon at the end of April will most likely see similiar temperatures and so it is important to train under potential race day conditions.
Most ultra-marathon training recommendations include back to back long runs. That is something I have on my mind all the time. So, today I took my 10 year old son to the track at one of the local High Schools for some extra running. He plays LaCrosse and so some extra training units are good for him. For me it might have not been a long run, but I guess for now any type of run the day after a long run is a good run. My son ran for 4 miles and I added another 5 miles. The first 2.5 miles felt a little rough, but then the legs loosened up and the last 2 miles actually were pretty speedy with 8.01 and 7.54.