Chippewa Moraine 50K Training: Week 6

Halfway there! I can’t decide if that’s awesome or scary.

Monday: 4.6 mi, paved trail (Lakewalk)
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: 7.4 mi, road (Minnesota Point)
Thursday: 4.1 mi, road
Friday: 3.2 mi, paved trail (Medicine Lake)
Saturday: 10.5 mi, road + paved trail (Hot Dash 10 Mile, + 0.5 mi warm-up)
Sunday: 4 mi, road
Total: 33.8 mi

Last week was an intentional step-back week. I wasn’t sure how I would feel after racing a longer road run, so I didn’t want to put too much stress on my body.

I’ve basically forgotten most of last week already. I’m kinda tired after a two-day training that took a lot out of my brain, and I was busy all weekend with hockey stuff. I had a few nice-ish days of running, temperature-wise, but not really. A lot of the ice is gone from the sidewalks, which is especially nice since the Lakewalk is apparently under construction for some kind of utility work. I haven’t verified this is true, but it said it would be in the paper last week. There are still some icy patches here and there from melting snow re-freezing, but they’re at least avoidable at this point.

Thursday I had planned on running a few more miles, but I had to go to the dentist in the morning, and wanted to wait until my mouth wasn’t numb anymore, but I ended up having to run with slightly numb lips because I had to get it done before my cat sitter stopped by to pick up the keys. A very exciting lifestyle, I know. We drove down to the Twin Cities on Thursday afternoon.

Friday I wanted to get a very short run in, to at least keep my legs moving. I only ran like 5K, but I felt like crap most of the time. One of these days, I am going to run around Medicine Lake, but I didn’t make the time this visit. I spent the rest of the day at the NCHC hockey tournament, cheering on the Bulldogs. I did get another 4 miles of walking due to wandering around the Target Center, competing horribly in a dance-off on the video screen, and cheering for the Dogs.

Saturday was the race, of course. I was cold after the race and ended up lounging around at my Dad’s house in my pajamas, tucked in blankets. I didn’t want to be cold at the hockey game. I walked around downtown Minneapolis a bit before the Bulldogs game, and between my nerves from the game and some secondary fatigue from the race, I wasn’t sure how I would make it through the game. It turned out to be exciting, enraging, and exhilarating all at once, so after the ‘Dogs won, I was so jacked up I couldn’t go to sleep.

I ran a short recovery run on Sunday after we drove home. I thought I’d feel like crap, but my legs felt pretty good! At least once I got past the large annoying hill on Kenwood that always locks up my calves if I hit it too early.

This week, my mini-goal is to recover, I guess. (My mini-goal last week was to race well. Accomplished!) I am hoping to get in a long run, but I also might have to go to Fargo to see about some hockey on Saturday.

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