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Ultra Training: Week Nine

Another week!  I hope you had a wonderful  holiday and am looking forward to the new year.  I’m excited for week ten of my ultra training—registration for the race I will be running opens up on January 1st!  I feel like once I officially register, all this training stuff will get real.  

Here’s how week nine went:

On Sunday, I ran my final half marathon of the year.  You can read about it here.  Spoiler alert—I got a 5 minute PR!

Mondays are an easy run day for me—I have long runs over the weekend, so I use Monday as a recovery run.  My plan was to run early but I slept through my alarms.  I headed to the lake in the afternoon, got in three miles and did some stretching.  

On Tuesday morning, I had an appointment and an errand that took me north of San Diego, which meant I would be near the coast.  I love running in the Del Mar area so took advantage of it and got my six miles in.  The views are gorgeous and it’s one of my favorite places to run.

Another gloomy day lurked on San Diego and I headed out before the rain.  It was a “rest day” so I got in a couple easy miles and some more stretching.

Another rainy day in San Diego—where is it coming from?!  I put on my rain gear and headed out.  This time I got lucky—it stopped raining when I got to my running spot and didn’t rain long enough for me to get my run in.  

Another fun week at the #RUN619.  It was red & green themed and everyone came out in festive spirit!  It was a fun four miles with a great group of people. (And the biggest turnout yet!) If you’re ever in San Diego and need to run on a Friday, join us!  Every Friday at 6:19am.  

Saturdays are my long run day and to be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to it.  It was supposed to rain and I was tired.  I had some errands to run in the morning, so I headed out to the lake early afternoon to get the miles in.  Round trip, the lake is a little over six miles so I knew I’d need to run out and back then out and back again to get my mileage in for the day.  About two miles in, I started to feel some cramping in my right leg—it had happened during Friday’s run too so I thought I could run it out.  I continued another quarter of a mile and the cramp was now becoming painful beyond just a little discomfort.  I stopped and did some stretches hoping it would help and it didn’t.  I made the decision to turn around and ended up with just under five miles for the day.  It wasn’t the long run I was supposed to have and honestly, I may have taken the easy way out because I wasn’t in the mood to run.  But I also didn’t want to risk an injury which could interrupt my training plan and run streak.  

Total Weekly Mileage: 39.09

Until next time, happy running!


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