So, I am officially in taper mode. Well, sort of…I do have three Orange Theory classes this week, and nothing about that says taper. But, I am dropping my weekly mileage from nearly 50 miles this week to 30 next week.
I had quite the final big week of training: two Orange Theory classes and four days of running equalling 47.3 total miles for the week. The Orange Theory classes were a great workout…well, one more so than the other. Yay for coach Tom and some uncensored DNCE. I still can’t wait for publishing to be over so I can get back to coach Robin’s classes too. And, speaking of Orange Theory….I can’t say enough about how great it has been for my running. I’m running longer (without walking) and faster, after only four weeks.
Wednesday and Friday, I ran at Edgewood before work and got in 13 miles between the two days. I actually enjoyed running the trail in the morning and then heading to work more than I thought I would. And, it was fast (for me)…all of the miles under 13 minutes per mile.
After Friday, I ran my way through the weekend. First, a course marker check on the north peak of Montara Mountain during the race this weekend. I’d forgotten how steep that part of the course was…the way up was one thing, but the way down….geez. Hopefully it helped train me on descending. Of course, something happened between my watch and strava, so that run never uploaded. And, I was so curious as to how I did in comparison to the other times I’ve run that route. I was hoping I’d continue to see myself getting faster and get some additional confidence going into my race. But, alas….the file got eaten somewhere.
Today, Brian and I headed back out to Canada Road/Edgewood – he rode and ran, and I just ran. I set out with the goal of 16 miles. Based on the rest of my week, that would get me between the 45 and 50 I was looking for. I started out heading into Edgewood, and it was a good run, but there were a lot of people and I ran there both Wednesday and Friday, so needed a change. So, I took a trail leading out of the park and back down to Canada Road, followed that over to Crystal Springs Trail, and down into Huddart. Yay Huddart.
There were only a handful of people there, but it’s big enough that I never really saw them. With all of the rain, it was a gorgeous run through the redwoods.
I ran through the remnants of the recent rainstorms – it’s still muddy – probably due to the shade of the redwoods. But, the rains have done the park well. In addition to the luscious greens, the wildflowers have begun to bloom, giving off the fresh feeling of a new spring.
I spent about an hour running through Huddart before beginning the journey back toward the car. Getting back toward the car, I realized I still had some time (and miles) left to do, so planned to make another trip through Edgewood and take the long way back. I ran into Brian on my way to Edgewood and made a failed attempt to keep up with him up into the park.
Once I was back in the park, I realized I was out of water. I thought about heading to the main parking lot to refill, or just turning around and heading for the car to retrieve my Gatorade…then I reminded myself that I swept three miles up Diablo without water. If I could handle that, there was no reason I couldn’t handle Edgewood when it was 30 degrees cooler. So, I got through my last three miles. Enjoyed my Gatorade. Stretched. Waited for Brian to get un-lost. And enjoyed the fact that my hat had a new salt stain.
So, where does that leave me? Hopefully ready to bang out 31 miles at Way Too Cool in two weeks. I mean, I was able to pull 30 out of somewhere the month before North Face…and, I feel stronger now than I think I ever have, so I can do this, right? I think so. This new way of training is different than anything I’ve tried before, and not going to lie, the unproven-ness (is that even a word) scares me. But, as I’ve said before….doing what I’ve always done will continue to get what I’ve always gotten. And, I want to do better. And, hopefully it works, because in all reality, I don’t have time to completely adjust my training in the five weeks between Way Too Cool and Lake Sonoma.
In other news, North Face has opened up. I was really hoping it would wait until after Lake Sonoma to open so I would (hopefully) have a 50-miler under my belt before I had to make a decision on which race to sign up for. But, I’m afraid it will sell out if I wait too long, and then I won’t be running any race. The good news, is that I can change my distance, so long as I do it before the race.