Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap: Week 15

Pier over the ocean

I thought I’d avoid the worst of my usual post-marathon funk after last week’s Santa Rosa Marathon. After all, for me, it was only a training run.

I was wrong.

My heart really wasn’t in it this week.

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Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap

Pier over the ocean

My Training Goals

  • Run one new route every week
  • Run one route with significant elevation gain each week
  • Strength train 2x week
  • Foam roll 1x week
  • 2 trail runs per week

The Plan v. Reality: Week 15

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
Planrest4 miles10 miles4 milesrest10 miles10 miles
Actual10 milesRest4 miles4 milesRest10 miles10 miles

Area of Focus This Week

Stretching

The Week That Was

Monday

The major thing that sets ultra training apart from marathon training is back-to-back long runs. Doing one long run followed by another the next day gets your body used to running on tired legs.

Today was the most extreme example.

I ran the Santa Rosa Marathon yesterday, then woke up this morning and faced another 10.

I felt surprisingly good at Santa Rosa, which carried through to this morning. I woke up feeling a touch stiff, but I wasn’t really sore at all. I’ve never not been sore after a road marathon, even when I run them at a comfortable pace.

Must have been all the foam rolling I did last night.

During today’s run, I walked more than I have in a while, but I still felt surprisingly good. Even so, I am sooooo looking forward to tomorrow’s rest day!

Tuesday

Ahh…. glorious rest!

I did a ClassPass Go class instead of my usual morning stretching – did the ‘Prep For Step’ workout.

It’s intended more as a pre-workout warm-up than a stand-alone class (I should have guessed based on the name), but it was fine.

Wednesday

I was surprised when I wasn’t sore Monday post-marathon. I think my soreness was just hanging out waiting to hit today.

I woke up super sore this morning. Not as bad as the usual post-marathon soreness, but really unusual considering yesterday was a (glorious) rest day.

I again walked a lot during my run, but I think my desire to walk was more mental than physical.

Thursday

I kinda thought that since Santa Rosa was ‘only’ training run, I’d avoid my usual post-marathon funk.

No such luck, but it’s a different kind of post-marathon funk since it is going on while I’m still training. I need to keep on running, even when my heart isn’t in it.

I’ve felt a little out of sorts all week. It’s nothing new, but still is kinda a bummer.

Friday

While I have no race this weekend, I’m still having a little road trip.

The US Trail Running Conference is going on in San Luis Obispo this week. For the most part, it’s a conference for race directors, but they have a ‘Trail Runner’ conference for a half day today.

Even as I’m heading down there, I’m not entirely sure what exactly the conference is, or what to expect.

Saturday

On a scale of 1-10, my interest in doing today’s run was a -5.

My mind was having none of it.

I slept in later than I knew I should (intentionally – it was a short run, the forecast wasn’t for insane heat, and yesterday was a super early wake up call), but then I still dawdled for waaaay too long before getting out the door.

Once I got started it was fine. There is still a distinct lack of oomph, but nothing unreasonable.

Oddly, when I got done and took off my shoes, my left sock, near my middle toe, was all bloody. I have no idea why. It didn’t hurt at all, I didn’t stub it, the toenail is intact, I don’t see any cuts or anything that would cause bleeding and nothing hurts or is sore.

No idea what that is about.

Sunday

Today’s run was merely ‘fine.’ Which, considering the funk I’ve been in this week, is a step up and cause for celebration.

A start of a return to normalcy (hopefully?).

Week Overall

  • This week is, by far, the worst I’ve ever done in meeting my goals. I foam rolled several times this week, but pretty much everything else was a fail.
  • My little funk this week is evidence of the importance of mental training. Every issue I had this week was entirely mental. Sure I was a touch sore on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough to impact me physically. I let myself get away with wallowing.

Next Week: Week 16

Schedule

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
PlanRest4 miles10 miles4 milesRest24 miles10 miles
ActualUpper Body Strength4 miles
Core Strength
10 miles4 miles
Lower Body Strength
Rest23 miles10 miles

Area of Focus

Mindset. No more wallowing! I need to get my mind back in the game.

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