Wild Duluth 50K Training: Weeks 4 and 5

The last two weeks leading up to the race were a bit haphazard.

Week 4:
Monday: rest (hockey thing)
Tuesday: rest (work)
Wednesday: rest (tired)
Thursday: 7.3 mi, paved trail (Lakewalk)
Friday: 9 mi, trail (SHT, Becks Rd toward Grand Portage)
Saturday: 4.3 mi, paved trail (Lakewalk)
Sunday: 13.2 mi, paved trail (Munger Trail)
Total: 33.8 mi

Week 5:
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 4.2 mi, paved trail (Lakewalk)
Wednesday: rest
Thursday: 3.8 mi, paved trail (Lakewalk)
Friday: rest
Saturday: 31 miles, trail (Wild Duluth 50K)
Sunday: rest
Total: 39 mi

Week 4, I had to cram in mileage into four days, thanks to my lingering cold and a big project at work. Friday I had taken a day off to relax, and planned to do a longer day run. I tried to find the southern terminus of the Superior Hiking Trail and failed. I ended up driving around for over an hour before accidentally ended up back in Duluth. I had planned on doing 10 miles, but I didn’t have time to do 10 miles before dark and before the hockey game started, thanks to lollygagging on getting started, and then all the confused driving. So I cut it to 9 miles and even then I was late to the hockey game.

Saturday I also had to cut my 5 miles down to 4, due to a late start. I have to figure that out. It was beautiful out.

Perfect day. #conservationofmomentum #lakewalk #lakesuperior

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Sunday was also an absolutely beautiful day to run.

I started at Becks Rd and ran on the Munger Trail to just past the dam. Midway through my run, I decided maybe I could try to get under 3 hours for a half and get a Strava PR. (Ugh, Strava, so competitive.) Well, I did, Strava says my half PR is now 2:59:43. Whoopity do. Not too bad considering I didn’t start trying til I was over halfway in. I did have to push it at the end.

I only ran twice in week 5 (other than the race), which wasn’t my intention. I had planned to run three days (Tuesday Wednesday Thursday) but I decided to run errands and relax on Wednesday instead. Friday I worked a half day from home, and then went to a hockey game. It was nice to keep my mind off the race, but didn’t help with the sleep.

This is the last race I’m training for this year. I will be doing a 5K on Thanksgiving and I’ll still be running to get ready for that, but I’m not doing anything formal. I am taking this entire week off to recover from Wild Duluth mentally and physically. I came down with a cold last night so that’s made the decision not to run even easier. If I don’t get a sub-30 5K this time around I’ll probably have to see if there’s one in December, but considering I was only 3 seconds off in June, I think I can do it.

It feels good not to have anything big looming, although I do need to sit down and plan for what I want to do in 2017. The same races. Different races. Every race.

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