Friday, July 3, 2009
Yes, I'm ocd when it comes to running.
It always seems to me like when the training schedule gets to it's peak in mileage that it seems tougher and tougher to fit runs in--especially the long runs. I always end up squeezing my long runs in between other events and even that gets tough when you throw some hot weather into the picture. Also when other "things" get in the way I get kinda cranky about it. I mean we runners have our priorities right?
An update on where I'm at. Last weekend's events included an overnight trip to the Oregon Coast with my two oldest daughters and some other ladies from church. On -4 hours sleep I drove home, crashed for an hour's nap and then hit Wildwood trail for a planned 6 hours. That turned into 5 hours due to lack of energy and lack of daylight. But that was fine, it was still 5 hours on my feet and doing it when exhausted was good training.
Now this week: Training runs during this week were pretty much as planned but this weekend has been a tough one to work into the schedule. Between my husband and kids' planned stuff and hot weather I could see I wasn't going to get away for a trail run--I'd have to settle for training on the roads. I've tried to hit the majority of longer runs on trails but being flexible and gettin' it done is better than not at all --right?
Well, I could have put it off a couple days--I conceivably could have waited until the weather cooled some and did a long training run on Sunday afternoon. But you know what-stuff happens and you know what happens when important stuff is put off--something else comes up and it doesn't get done at all! So I worry too much about variables and don't relax until it's done. Now, I know none of you are this way!! ;) But I am. So I got up early this morning and headed out on some familiar loops from the house adding up to 26 miles. Got it done in 4 hours and 28 minutes. Not bad considering the mileage I've been putting on these legs after a layoff. It was starting to get hot towards the end but not bad--it will be in the 90's before the day is over. And yeah, it would have been better on the trail but it's possible I could get a couple shorter runs in on trail in the next few days so there is no use worrying about it.
Speaking of the hot weather- I do plan to do a lot of mid-day runs in the next 2 weeks to acclimate to the heat because I will be probably be running in heat for the PCT 50 and the only way to get ready for heat is to get in it!
Anyhow, so far so good, my condition could be better but it could be worse -so I'm working from where I'm at. That's all anybody can do!! Have a great weekend and take time to appreciate the 4th of July!