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Going Forward

May 17, 2012

So I didn’t have the best running experience at Zion, as evidenced in my dramatic two part post, but I did have a lot of memories to take away from it. I am also SO relieved to not be training for a 100 mile race right now (or anything really)! Don’t get me wrong, I loved every part of training and all the friendships I’ve built during it, but at the end of the day, putting down 75-80 miles/week is just tiring and my body and legs are glad I don’t have to be doing that anymore. I’m also not a year round racer, I like to run year round, but trying to PR at every race and doing crazy things, like attempting 100 miles is just not for me. I’ve had a great year so far and am looking forward to all the fun summer adventures I’ll embark on. Things that have helped me see the brighter side of things

  • No more sauna training! These sessions were pretty brutal and hard, they probably helped me go as far as I went that day, but forcing myself to run in 180 degree heat is not normal.
  • No more double days! I actually don’t mind running day and night, but I only do it now because I want to and it’s a good way to start the day and end the day with friends
  • Not having to run after a big race. I came back from all my races and ran the next day just to see what leg fatigue really feels like. 50 miler on Saturday followed by another 10 on Sunday was considered normal. It feels very freeing to just relax and run however much I want. 3-4 miles a day? Sure. Before I wouldn’t even lace up my shoes for that distance.
  • Taking up new hobbies-I’m excited to get back into the gym and do more strength training. I’ve lost a lot of muscles in my arms during this training cycle because all I focused on was running, running some more, and then some. Also tennis might make a comeback this summer.
  • Recovering-Started seeing a chiro 2x/week now to re-hab my body back for the fall racing season
  • Hiking! I hated hiked ever since I started running because of how slow paced it would feel for me and knowing I could cover 2x the distance if I just ran. Well at Zion, I did A LOT of hiking, like 8 hours of it and it wasn’t so bad.
  • Crewing/supporting my other friends running their 100’s and watching them kick ass

So will I be back for another 100? Maybe. Not this year though. There are many 100’s on my list to ‘attempt’, such as Pine to Palm, Lake Superior, Cascade Crest and a couple others, but I have a lot of time to knock these out one by one. I’m loving the 50 mile distance and traveling to places to explore new trails, so I will probably stick to 50’s for the rest of the year. I already have a couple fun fall races lined up, Hood 2 Coast Relay, McKenzie 50 Miles, Silver Falls Trail Marathon….and maybe I’ll go back to Northface again, for the third time in a row.

Some more random Zion photos of happier times

Hot springs the day after with my crew

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2012 4:56 am

    You should try Rio Del Lago. I hear it’s good for a first 100, and it covers part of the same course as American River. Are you going to enter the WS lottery? 🙂

    • May 22, 2012 5:52 am

      oh yeah, I was thinking about it, but have heard mixed reviews of that course. Maybe I’ll try the 100K there

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