Zumbro 50 Training: Week 4

Monday: 8 mi, road (Minnesota Point)
Tuesday: 6 mi, road (UMD campus)
Wednesday: 6.1 mi, paved trail (Lakewalk)
Thursday: 5.1 mi, paved trail (Lakewalk)
Friday: rest
Saturday: 7.2 mi, paved trail (Lakewalk)
Sunday: 8 mi, trail (Hartley)
Total: 40.5 mi

Well, another week below the 50 mile mark. This was an unintentional cutback week, but things happen.

I suffered through several bitterly cold days before a milder weekend. I am pretty proud of myself for getting my butt out there and running when it was super cold. Tuesday it snowed about 3 inches, and I still went out and ran on UMD’s campus (the only place I was certain was plowed) in a biting wind. Wednesday I ended up covered in ice pellets and had to scrape my car off. Thursday I just gritted my teeth and ran what I could stand to run, so that I wouldn’t have to run before Friday’s hockey game.

Saturday and Sunday, I got late starts. I really need to stop doing that. I had hockey games on Saturday and a movie (Hidden Figures) to see on Sunday, so I had hard deadlines to finish running. I wasn’t on time to Saturday’s hockey game, though. Sunday I had no problem getting to the movie on time, because my planned 18 mile run turned into an 8 mile run. My heart was not in the run, almost from the beginning. Running at Hartley has become somewhat frustrating as the trails are much shorter than they used to be (most likely due to the storms this summer) and I was trying to piece together a loop. After an off-leash dog (actually, a dog wearing a leash allowed to run free) jumped on me without an apology from its owner, and a group of probably 12 bikers stopped on the trail while they each very slowly went over one of the wooden footbridges, forcing me to pass them all on the side of the trail in shin-deep snow, I was done. I forced myself to make it to 8 miles (which would give me 40 miles for the week), and even that was rough.

It turned out to be best to cap the run at 8 miles, as I’m down for the count with a cold. (Yes, just as the temps warmed up, I’ve come down with a chest cold.) But this is not a good sign – 4 weeks in, I still haven’t run 50 miles in a week, but yet I still want to run 50 miles in a day. Yikes.

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