I like a plan. I like a routine. I like having goals. I feel like this is how I become the best me I can be. That, and surrounding myself with positive and like-minded people who support me, laugh with me (and at me), and are just pretty awesome. My friends are not “yes” people always telling me what I want to hear. Not at all. They might not always outright tell me “Kelly, that’s stupid.” But they usually give me a pretty good indication of their opinion by the shake of their head, sarcastic comments, looks of shock or sympathy, etc. They are doers. When I come to them with an idea, they want to help me figure out a way to make it happen. So, when I floated this idea to a few of them and they didn’t respond with an emphatic “YOU’RE AN IDIOT!” I felt like maybe I could pull this off.
Yes, that is in 6 weeks.
Yes, I broke my fibula 6 months ago.
Yes, I’m nervous.
But here’s the thing, I think I can do this. I really do. I’m not after a time goal. The Colorado trails are much more forgiving than the pavement. The ultra distance humbles you quickly with a 700ft climb within the first mile that reminds you, you won’t be running this entire distance. So, the walk/run approach to my training will be much nicer than hammering out 10x800m at the track. Plus, I want to train for something again. Something that challenges me. Something that gives me butterflies to think about. I love running long distances. I love the Colorado trails. I love pushing my boundaries. And for me, right now, this is it.
For my fellow runners, who love to geek out on the numbers and training plans, here you go. I will also get back on Daily Mile to help track my workouts and progress.
Week One (Sept 22-28):
Monday: Strength Workout. Not feeling very inspired. 20-30 minutes plus yoga and stretching.
- Set 1: 3×20 Wall Balls @ 12lbs/ Kettlebell Full Swings @ 30lb/ Ab Mat Sit Ups.
- Set 2: 3×20 Cable Rows / Ball Pike Ups/ Box Step Ups.
- Set 3: 3×20 Single Leg Ball Hamstring Curls/ Bicycles/ V-Ups
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: 45 minute hilly run + Yoga. I ended up with 4.5 miles in 40 minutes on the Bluffs. I followed it with a 30 minute Yoga practice.
Thursday: 1:30 hour run + Strength. 10 miles in Highlands Ranch BackCountry trails with Nina. I hiked up the steeper parts and ran the rest since my running endurance isn’t quite up there yet. I did the Bootcamp workout with one of my classes for my strength workout.
Friday: Unintentional rest day. I did get treatment on my leg- woo-hoo!
Saturday: Unintentional rest day. Recovering from toddler sleepover.
Sunday: 16 miles + Strength. I ended up with 14 miles at Deer Creek Canyon/Plymouth Mountain/Red Mesa Loop with Alyssa in the middle of the rain/hail storm. It only rained for 30 minutes so it was okay, but we were drenched. Good times! 3 hours of running/hiking. That was a breakthrough since my injury. I haven’t run longer than 1 1/2 hours since March.
This week was spent getting me back into a groove; trying to figure out and manage my schedule; make peace with slower paces; incorporating my yoga practice; and most importantly- letting go of my ego. This race will be for me. Not others’ expectations. For me.
This coming week looks like this:
Monday: Spin class or get an hour on my bike. Yoga class or 1 hour home practice.
Tuesday: Speed Work: 6 miles + Strength Work. I tend to train my weaknesses and right now my weaknesses are ankle stability, muscle imbalances in my legs (duh), core work, hip flexor work, running posture (pulling my shoulders back) so my strength workouts will be designed around that.
Wednesday: 4x400m hill repeats + Yoga. Most likely I will run The Bluffs for a warm up, then run that big ol’ hill a few times.
Thursday: 1:15-1:30 hour run + Strength work
Friday: Rest. Travel day for me and Noah- going home for a class reunion.
Saturday: 10 miles + Strength- no gym- so this can very well end up being a push ups, sit-ups and squats kind day
Sunday: 30-60 minutes easy
So, here is to regular blogging again, strong workouts, exploring old and new Colorado running trails with my buddies, and new friends and co-workers. This season is shaping up to be a good one!