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Ultra Training: Week Ten

It’s official—I have registered for my first 50K.  I am just as excited as I am nervous and know that my training is definitely real now.  I have a 110 days to get it together.  This is how week ten went:

After Christmas Eve’s lackluster run, I was hoping today would be better.  I debated between increasing my mileage to make up for the lack of miles on Saturday or to stick with my plan.  I stuck with my plan.  It was a beautiful day and it was fun to see all the families out at the lake enjoying themselves.  

I’ve been running on Monday mornings with a group of friends, calling ourselves the #5amRunClub.  Due the holiday, we slept in and met at 6am for our run. We ran down to the harbor in San Diego and made it just in time for a beautiful sunrise over the city.  

Tuesday’s run was a fun 5K—the Bumblebee 5K or Holiday Bowl 5K.  It was a small race that started fifteen minutes  before the Holiday Bowl Parade that went down the parade route and finished up at a  great viewing spot of the parade.  It was another beautiful day in San Diego and the course was along the harbor—you can’t go wrong with a run there.

Wednesday was a hectic day and I wasn’t sure I was going to get my run done.  It was just one of the those days, but in the afternoon I found some time to get my run in.  An easy few miles to clear my head and get some miles on my feet.

I headed out to the trails for this run.  It was a little crowded at my “go to” trail and and though it was a little congested at spots, I love seeing that many people out enjoying the trails.  

I headed out Friday morning for the #RUN619 who were running this week to celebrate me as it also happened to be my birthday.  I got to pick the route so I picked my favorite which includes two local bridges.  It was a great turnout and I definitely felt the birthday love.  I’ve said it before, but I love this group!

I wasn’t looking forward to my run on Saturday—I hadn’t slept well the night before and missed my group run in the morning.  I had fourteen miles to do and the idea of running them solo did not sound fun.  When I finally dragged myself out of bed, I headed to my local running spot and kept my fingers crossed it would hold on raining for a couple hours.  
When I arrived to the lake, I ran into Jenny so we ran a warmup mile together before going separate ways on our run.  About three miles into my run, it started to rain—it wasn’t a hard rain, rather a heavy drizzle.  I didn’t dress for the rain, so I had two choices—either head back to my car or keep going.  You learn a lot about yourself when you face decisions like this—I kept going.  I got all 14 miles done—they weren’t pretty, but I was proud of myself for getting it done.  When I got back to my car, I was grateful for the towel I had in my trunk and the Starbucks a block away—after this run, I needed both!

Total Weekly Miles:  43.73

The start of the year often means more people are the gym and other places.  I will be one of those people at the gym—one of my goals this year is to work on my strength training and I’ll be adding that into my running mix.  I’m hoping people have patience and remember they were once new to it too. 

On a completely random note, I am excited to announce that I have been selected to be an ambassador for Pro Compression and Orange Mud.  I love both these companies and they have definitely helped me in my ultra training.  I am looking forward to working with both of these great companies.  

What are your goals for 2017?

Until next time, happy running!


  1. So excited for you!! You are going to rock that 50K. Good for you for keeping on your run even when it started to rain. The same could happen on race day and now you know you can get through it. It doesn't have to be pretty all the time. Great week, Jenn!


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