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Ultra Training: Week Seven

As I sat down to recap week seven of my ultra training, I realized I missed my week six recap.  ‘Tis the season to be busy, so I’ll sum it up briefly for you.

Ultra Training: Week 6
I ran in three states—California, Nevada and Arizona.  Nevada and Arizona were both during the Run Laughlin half marathon—you can read my recap of that race here.  Other than the half marathon, the week was pretty uneventful.  I ran my miles—they didn’t feel great but they didn’t feel bad either.  I suppose some weeks are going to be like that.

Week Six Total Miles: 35

Now on to week 7….

I was still in Nevada for my race weekend and I had a four mile run scheduled.  I knew if I waited to run until after my drive home, I wouldn’t want to do it.  So I woke up early on Sunday and headed to a nature trail recommended to me near my hotel.  It was so quiet out—I only passed one other person.  The nature trail was beautiful and it was fun to get one last Nevada run in before driving home.  (My drive seemed to take forever so I was definitely glad I ran before I left)

A short run at one of my local “go to” places.  I was short on time but needed to get the miles in.  It was one of those “make time, not excuses” type of days and I found the time to get my run in.  As busy and hectic as my day was, I always feel better after a run.

I hit up the trails on Tuesday.  The trails are definitely becoming my happy place.  I took a wrong turn at one point and ended up a little lost, or as I like to say, I had an adventure.  

I woke up Wednesday feeling a little out of sorts—I’ve been having sinus issues that can’t decide if they’re allergies or a cold.  To be honest, I didn’t want to run.  I felt lazy.  But eventually I told that little voice coming up with excuses to “shut up” and went for a run.  It was short.  Just a little over a mile, but Wednesdays are my “rest day” so it was more than enough.

I headed to the lake for Thursday’s miles.  We’re starting to experience winter weather here, yet every time I think it’s cold enough to wear long sleeves, I get warm during my run.  I’m still trying to find a balance, but it was a beautiful day for a run.  

Friday morning runs are one of my favorites with the #RUN619 and Movin Shoes. An easy run through Mission Hills with a great group of people.

Saturdays are supposed to be my long run days.  I made plans with a group of runners to get my long run in.  When I woke up, my body did not agree.  The lingering sinus issues I’d been dealing with all week became too much and I was exhausted.  I texted my friend and went back to sleep—when my body craves sleep that much, it means I need to rest.  I went out later in the day and ran a little over two miles.  It definitely wasn't the run I had scheduled or the run I wanted, but it was miles.  

Total Weekly Miles: 23

Week 7 is one of my lowest weekly miles since I started my run streak at the end of May and I’ll be honest—I was disappointed.  I was frustrated with myself and wondered if I could have pushed myself harder at any point during the week.  After being disappointed and frustrated, I took a step back and realized that I ultimately need to listen to my body.  My body told me this week I needed rest and that’s what I did.  Listening to my body now will be more beneficial than pushing myself which can lead to injuries.  Some weeks you need to run smart, not far.  

Until next time, happy running.


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