Less than 2 weeks until race day for my very first 50K. I had actually planned for a long run this last weekend before going into the taper, but the weather gods decided against this plan. Instead they sent a large storm system towards Colorado that promptly dumped about 2 feet of snow onto the area where I live. Thank you very much for letting me use this heavy and wet snow as my cross-training, but I had actually planned on going running. It was simply too wet for a long run with this storm. I do not mind shorter runs in snow or rain, but with these weather conditions I simply did not want to push my luck.
So, I adjusted my plans and ran for about 2 hours on Friday night. It was rainy and windy and the temperatures were in the mow 30s. No fun. Saturday was simply no good for running and so I used the snow as strength training. I hiked approx. 8-10 miles through deep and heavy snow with my dog and then of course shoveled a little bit of snow here and there during the day. Sunday I was out there again walking the dog through the heavy snow – probably adding another 8-10 miles. I definitely felt the effort at night because my legs were tired and heavy. Under the circumstances I’d say “Mission accomplished”. Not ideal, but what else do you want to do?!
Now I am waiting for this white stuff to melt away quickly. I want to go out to Greenland again next Saturday and do a medium long run – somewhere between 12-18 miles will do. From there I am dramatically reducing my mileage until race day. I will also not push it too much this week – I know my legs will appreciate the rest.
This morning I did an easy 5 miles followed by some cross-training/strength training. Crunches, push-ups, and planks – can’t go wrong with that.
Am I ready for the race? I don’t know. This training cycle was not ideal if you ask me. For the last 3 weeks I was nursing some minor injuries – including a stupid blister on my left foot and it all affected my running in a negative way. The injuries are gone from I can tell, but the race is close already. The longest runs I had, were about 24 miles in distance and between 4 and 5 hours in time on my feet. I think I have the distance (50K) for sure if I start out conservative enough. With the injuries gone and hopefully completely rested when toeing the start line I hope to have a good race. My main goal is to finish. If I can do it in under 6 hours that would be great. My dream goal would be to run it in under 5 hours and 30 minutes which would represent a pace of ~11 minutes per mile. I am not sure if that is do-able, but I need to have a plan and so I will keep this goal in mind.