It's been four days or so since I've had a chance to post. I've had a sick mother - and honestly tending to her and making sure she was ok was more important than blogging about running; life puts things in perspective sometimes without your consent. And - sometimes we need that reality check.
Overall I've been doing a pretty good balancing eating, running, and familial obligations. I've had two really strong upper body workouts with Monte - last Thursday and today. I've had some really nice runs, including a 10 mile trail run on Saturday which couldn't have felt better or been more enjoyable - introduced trail running to some friends! I'm feeling stronger, can see warmer weather 6 weeks away, and have started registering for races for the 2011 year - woo hoo!
Speaking of registering for races - yesterday I clicked the "register" button and forked over the cashola for the Jemez 50 mile - the one running "fail" that I had last year when I limped to the finish line of a pathetic race. I dropped midway from the 50 mile to the 50K - and even then had a pretty tough time getting through it. More than the physical challenge (and oh is it a challenge) - I really allowed myself to be mentally defeated. High winds, hot weather, bad nutrition = combo for disaster. The course swung at me and made full contact: KO! Since then I've made some good progress - both with my physical toughness but also with my mental toughness. I'm able to work through races without panicking - incredibly important in ultra-trail running with the numerous ups and downs. I'm also more aware of my nutrition and hydration earlier in the race. I'm really pumped about going back and really tackling the 50 miles this year - May 21st is circled on the calendar for the showdown.
I ordered some new running gear today - part of the Brooks Fanatics program that I'm in. Remember to always keep Brooks products in mind when you're running! http://www.brooksrunning.com/
Thursday and Monday: Upper body
Wednesday: No running
Thursday: No running
Friday: 7 miles
Saturday: 10 miles trail
Sunday: 6.5 miles
Monday: 6+ miles