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Training Anxieties (four weeks to go!)

Believe it or not, there are only four weeks left until race day. I have been going back and forth between feeling really prepared for my race, and feeling undertrained. I don’t know why, but I’ve been struggling with motivation and pre-race anxiety. I skip runs, and then convince myself that *that run* is going to break my entire plan, even though it’s just two rest days, or just a little shorter than it needed to be.

This weekend, I ran 20 miles through a rather hilly park. I met up with some fellow runners, and got very anxious about being too slow. I ran too fast to start, I didn’t speak up when I needed to slow down, and I let my pace get in my head. I finished sore, tired and frustrated. That was *not* the run I needed. I did love that I got to fit in a charity based 15k in the middle of the day. It was a very organized and well run race with a nice course through the park – I just spent too much of the morning in my head!

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Hangry 15k!

I woke up Sunday with every intention of running 10 road miles but when I got up to use the bathroom and had a hard time bending my knee, I immediately decided to go back to sleep and then felt guilty about it the rest of the day.

I don’t like training this way, and I don’t like feeling this way! I have been a little wishy-washy about my plan and my long run schedule. I started off using a marathon training plan but then I combined it with an ultra training plan and tried two long runs a weekend instead of my usual one. What have I learned over the course of this training? That I need recovery time after a long run.

Last week, I ran the Athens Half Marathon and had a really great day.

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Ready to Run – Athens Half 2018

I still feel like my 50k is looming out there and that I won’t be ready for it, but I know that I am in decent shape and if I pace myself well, I can make it to the finish line.

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Food and Fitness Plan 4.02.18-4.08.18 + Week Ten of 50k Training!

April 2-April 8

Back in action after a couple of skipped weeks (I only posted once in March! Ooops). A quick recap over the past few weeks:

Ran the Seamus O’Possum 30k on March 17. It is just the right race – long enough to feel tough, short enough to still enjoy parts of it with friends! I ran with Beth the entire time and we had a blast making faces and just catching up all day. I finished in 4:08:47 and I am really happy with that time!

After the race, I left town for a national conference. This had been something looming over me for awhile as I was presenting with a friend from graduate school. It took up a lot of brain space, and ultimately it went well! It just took up so much of my time that I only got a few more runs in while I was out of town. The week after I got back, BF left for a work trip, so not a lot of running then either. Back on track with an 18 and a 10 mile run over the weekend.

Monday: Chicken Chile Verde with rice
Tuesday: Beet pasta with pest and mini mozzarella
Wednesday: Italian chicken and broccoli bowls
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Out of town (see below!)
Saturday: Out of town
Sunday: Out of town

Fitness
Monday: DOR
Tuesday: DOR by accident (woke up to a panicky dog and thunderstorms – no running)
Wednesday: Shape Up + 4 miles @ gym
Thursday: 8 easy miles
Friday: Shape Up + 2 walking treadmill miles
Saturday: 8 + 12 w/Beth?
Sunday: TBD

This week is a big week! It’s time for the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Race!! My BRF (best running friend) is going to attempt the most ultra of ultras, and I am really happy to be attending as part of her crew. She has been training for so long, and is such a tough runner, and I am so excited to be there and support her steps to her goal. I will be running with her for her 6th lap, or Miles 62.5-75.

I am not going to be concentrating on my own running during the race, and I know it will be a challenge to be awake and up beat and on top of the ball, so that’s my only focus for the day.Q