And with that, we have wrapped Week 6 of training. It seems like I have done so much, and yet there is still so much to go. My confidence diminished a little bit this week, but I know that will come in ebbs and flows. My motivation and positivity will appear and vanish many, many times over the course of this training cycle, and I’m just going to have to roll with it.
Sunday – rest
But that’s not to say I didn’t break a sweat. We headed over to Jaguars training camp and spent a few hours watching some of our favorite players in action. More on that later in the week!
Monday – rest
Tuesday – long run, 11 miles
Come hell or high water, I was getting this 11 miler in. I was nervous for several reasons. First was the weather. The heat and humidity is brutal and I was really nervous about not being properly hydrated. The second was the fear of double digits. I haven’t run that far since January and the last time I did, I got injured. It’s been a bit of a mental wall for me to overcome.
It was a tough run. Once again, I had some GI issues at mile 4, although once I used the restroom I was good to go the rest of the way. I worked in five bridge repeats and a little bit of beach running while I was out there, which added some minutes to my overall time, but I’m sure I will see the payoff somewhere down the line.
Wednesday – sunrise yoga
This was a blessed release after Tuesday, and it was even more special because a dear friend and her daughter joined me at class. Two weeks ago, we had to move inside the studio due to mosquitos or some other kind of biting bugs, but on this day, we chose to risk it and I’m glad we did.
The sunrise was epic. We didn’t even do a lot of the ending mat work, simply because it would have been a flat-out sin to miss out on the beauty.
I joked that I am only doing yoga for the photos and that I am going to start bringing my DSLR. Because wow.
Thursday – rest
I was kind of thinking about tossing in a mile in preparation for Tour De Pain on Friday, but… No. We ended up going to the beach and lunch, and then to little man’s karate class, and I was kind of worn out.
Friday – Tour De Pain: 4 Mile Beach Run
Beach racing is new to me. I did participate in the March To Get Screened 5K Run/Walk a few months ago, as a walker, and I knew the sand would be packed, but I wasn’t prepared for the tide pools and puddles, and people lounging in sand chairs in the middle of the course, and people who would lose control of their large, excited dogs while trying to cross runners’ paths (I’m not bothered, but a few runners stopped dead in their tracks and it wasn’t right). We ran two miles out into the wind and two miles back into the sun. I’ll do a complete race report this week.
Saturday – Tour De Pain: 5K Road Race and 1 Mile Sizzler
Less than 12 hours after the beach run, we were back at another starting line for a 5K road race. This was flat, shaded, and pretty much no problem. I had a hard time with nutrition for this series (when do you eat? what do you eat? why does everything you eat feel like it’s going to come right back up?) but it made for a good learning experience. When the 5K was over, we had a few hours to chill until the sizzler downtown. One mile at a full sprint. Ugh! I can think of nothing worse! But it over and I could look forward to some recovery time.
This week, I learned that race series are sheer insanity. I love the adrenaline and the thrill of them, but they wreak havoc on the body and mind. I don’t think I would ever do anything more intense than Tour De Pain, but I guess you never know. I also need to stop worrying about my times. I’m starting to obsess over it, and I have to let it go: the weather is too hot and too humid and I’m pushing myself as safely as I can. I will see progress, but not necessarily when I want to see it and I need to remember that and be kinder to myself.
On the plus side, I ended July at 60 miles, this week in particular at 19 miles and have logged 257 for the year, so far. Not too bad!
Have you ever run a race series like Tour De Pain? How did you like it?
What’s your favorite terrain for running?