Chippewa Moraine 50K Training: Week 7


Monday: rest (massage)
Tuesday: 5 mi, road
Wednesday: 7.1 mi, road (Minnesota Point)
Thursday: 5.8 mi, paved trail (Lakewalk)
Friday: 4.1 mi, road
Saturday: rest
Sunday: rest
Total: 22 mi

Oops, hockey got in the way.

Monday I got a massage, which I normally reserve as a treat after big trail races, but I hadn’t had one in awhile and I also have been putting my body through a lot, even without racing. It was a good idea. It was relaxing, rejuvenating, restorative, all those “re” words. I love being all warm and cozy on the massage table. I got out of work with enough time to run before the massage, and it was a nice warm day, but I wanted to get the most out of the treatment, and didn’t want tight muscles. My calf muscles are already tight as violin strings. I got a bit of a headache afterward, which happens sometimes due to all the “toxins” moving through my body, or whatever.

Tuesday I got out of work early enough to run before my FE prep course, so I was able to get in a 5 mile road run, which felt easy thanks to my newly-relaxed muscles, I guess. Wednesday I had a really unmemorable run, and Thursday I almost didn’t run because it was raining a little. I almost turned my car around… and then I didn’t, I got out there and ran, and it was fine, and I got home about 10 minutes before it started pouring/sleeting/something loud. Whew. It was a good thing I was doing some intermittent pickups so I finished quickly.

Friday I wasn’t going to run, because I wanted to listen to UMD’s hockey game, which was slated to start at 5:30. It didn’t, due to a double-overtime game preceding it, but I ran just a short 4 miles since I figured Saturday I’d do my 20 mile run as planned, and I didn’t want to overdo it.

Nope! Thanks to UMD winning their game and North Dakota losing in that double-overtime game I mentioned before, I ended up in Fargo on Saturday to see the Bulldogs win the regional final and earn a berth in the Frozen Four. I considered running Saturday morning before the game, and chose to sleep instead. I also didn’t run Sunday after returning to Duluth. I could have, but chose to be lazy instead. My race is 5 weeks away, so this is probably not the best (especially since I’ll be going to Chicago for the Frozen Four and won’t be getting a long run in that week yet again), but I strive for a hockey-run balance, the way most people seek a work-life balance. This upcoming week is going to have to be on point, though.

I signed up this week for a 24 hour race in June, which deserves its own post.

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