Anyway, in preparation for the Mendon Ponds 50K coming up in November, Coach Mary and I have upped my time on my feet with more trail runs and a hike this week. Hiking is a great way to build durability without risking overtraining. It's also beautiful and a great aerobic workout. In fact, after my 2 hour hike yesterday, I'm sore today in ways I am never sore after a long run. Of course when I'm running, I don't have as much time to soak in views like this, so I guess it's a pretty fair trade.
Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, New York
I'm getting very excited and just a bit nervous about my first venture into ultra-running. I feel like I am building up really quickly in terms of running mileage, but I also feel like I have a ton of base aerobic fitness in the form of swimming and biking, so I'm hoping that will help me in the weeks to come. In some ways I feel kind of like I did before I had my first child...you know, like, "What's all the fuss about? How bad can it be anyway?" :) (side note...I did not feel that way with my second child!) On the other hand, I have complete confidence in my mental ability to get through a long event like this. I'm excited to see what it will bring out in me.
Here is what the week looked like for me (not including flute practice!):
Run: 4h 17m 57s 21.35 mi (included 40 minutes aqua jog)
Hike: 1h 58m 41s 4.92 mi (yes, I wore my Garmin and HR monitor on my hike)
Bike: 1h spin class (still not missing Buttercup just yet)
Total: 7h 16m 38s
...and here is what September brought for me:
Swim: 3h 33m 48s 11, 062 yards
Bike: 14h 50m 3s 213.37 miles
Run: 12h 17m 26s 71.12 miles
Walk: 30m 2 miles
Total for September: 31h 11m 17s
Have a wonderful week! Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a really cool review and giveaway!!