Oregon Coast 50k Training Recap: Week 20

At long last, my last training recap!

I feel like this ultra training simultaneously went on forever, and was over in the blink of an eye.

While anything can still happen on race day, I’m shocked (and pleased) at how well this ultra training cycle went (Did it go too well? It seems like it should have brought me more agony).

Two marathons, many crazy trail races, and endless shorter training runs. And pretty much across the board – great weather, good races (though bad travel-to race experiences, maybe that’s where my bad mojo gathered), very little drama.

Read Prior Recaps

Oregon Coast Training Recap

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 20

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
Planrest4 miles6 miles4 milesrest10 miles6 miles
Actualyoga4 miles7 miles4 milesrest10 miles6 miles

Area of Focus This Week

Mindset

The Week That Was

Monday

This morning I did the ClasaPass Go App Yoga Morning Flow.

I keep trying these audio audio-only workouts.

I keep wanting to like them, but then I spend half (or more) the class wishing it weren’t audio only so I could figure out what the heck the teacher was trying to cue me to do.

While I know the basic yoga moves, I know them by their English names (warrior, down dog). When the teacher is mostly using Sanskrit (like in this class), I’m totally lost.

I did discover within the app an index of videos showing each move, but it is separate and outside from the workouts themselves. So close… and yet… not helpful.

Tuesday

Woke up to rain this morning. It’s really early for rain. The actual rain had stopped by the time I got out the door to run, but I did see the aftermath.

I passed 3 car accidents (1 of them pretty bad- involving both the cops and the fire department), I don’t know the specifics of any of the accidents, but I’m sure they were caused by crazy drivers in the rain.

First rainy AM commute of the season? That is going to wreak some havoc.

I usually pass 1 car accident every 4 or 5 months, to see 3 in the first 2 miles of my run? Crazy.

Wednesday

I had 6 miles was on the calendar, but I did 7.

Mostly because I (again) went over to Lake Temescal.

I now know that from home, to the lake, around it (just once), and home is 7 miles.

Good to know.

Thursday

It’s odd how running works sometimes. While I haven’t really had bad runs lately, they have been decidedly meh or lackluster.

Then today, when I didn’t do anything differently, I totally rocked this run.

I felt amazing, and it seemed amazingly easy.

Why?

I have no idea.

But I’ll take it.

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I often say I've been running marathons for 20 years. Today that is literally, specifically, and exactly true. October 4, 1998, I lined up for my very first marathon with my mom by my side. 6 months before I hadn't even been a runner, but I decided to get off my butt and start exercising so I told my mom (a runner and marathoner) I'd train for and run the Twin Cities Marathon with her as a Mother's Day present. I never would have guessed I'd still be at it 20 years later, or that I'd be a running coach and marathon pacer. For the record, I finished marathon #1 in 5:25.38 (this was pre-chip timing, so who knows what my actual time was), and placed 5321st out of 5526 finishers. #tbt #tcmarathon #twincitiesmarathon #myfirstmarathon

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Friday

Just my usual morning stretching and walk at lunchtime.

Saturday

One last outing to Briones Reservoir for this training cycle. Not the full loop (14 miles) today, but I ran from the Bear Creek Staging area, over to the Old San Pablo Damn trail.

This is my favorite part of this loop, the most ‘trail’y and largely single track (the other side of the lake is fire roads).

It took me a mile or two to get into the rhythm of this run, but I got there eventually.

I’m really glad I discovered Briones Reservoir. I’d never done this trail before this training cycle, and I’ve really come to like it.

One of my goals for this cycle became spelling ‘reservoir’ correctly, the first time, without the aid of spell check.

In this goal, I failed.

I still can’t spell ‘reservoir’.

Sunday

One of my goals for this training cycle was to do 1 new route a week.

I started with this goal a few years ago when I was in a running rut – doing the same runs over and over.

Today is a good example of why I started to make an effort to do new routes. Later this morning I had a blogger meet up over in San Mateo. If I wasn’t thinking of routes, I would have done a usual 6-mile route from home, then I’d go over to the MeetUp.

But, I was looking for new routes.

Since I don’t get over to the Peninsula very often, I figured I’d take the opportunity to run a totally new route. I decided on Sawyer Camp Trail (discovered through The Outbound Collective), a run along a reservoir.

Such a great little run on a nicely paved trail.

Week And Training Recap

This is my last training recap.

I still have a week of training left, but I’ve learned from experience the last week of training is not great to write about. The runs are short, there is a lot of time to contemplate (and worry) about the race to come.

I’ll summarize every day next week right now: Run was uneventful. I wish race day would get here already.

So how did I do in my training?

  • I tweaked the mileage a bit here and there, but didn’t miss any runs. This is in part thanks to these recaps. There were a few days when I really didn’t want to run, but I knew I couldn’t come up with a good excuse as to why I bailed. It’s one thing if I need to skip a run for health reasons. Even if I needed a mental break from running, fine. But I really didn’t want to write ‘I just didn’t feel like it today’ for the world to see (that assumes anyone reads these recaps… does anyone read these recaps?)
  • Foam rolling 1x a week. Probably 100% – maybe 99.9%. In either case, I’m good with it.
  • Elevation gain, new route, 2 trail runs a week goals. While not 100%, I’m really happy with where I ended up. I did more elevation gain and new routes than I would have if I didn’t have the goal.
  • Strength. I was good with this goal in the first few weeks, but then it went nowhere. Once again, I struggled to make a habit/routine out of strength work. Especially as my mileage crept up, I did basically nothing. Boo to me!

For the race itself, I feel prepared.

You can never predict what race day will bring, but there isn’t anything I could realistically change about how I trained.

If anything, I’m a little nervous training went a little too well.

Next Week: Week 21

Schedule

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
PlanRest4 miles3 miles2 milesRest50K!!!!!!!!!!
Actual

Area of Focus

Mindset. I find it hard to believe it’s ultra week!

A week of tapering, hydrating, and road tripping.

Sara is a runner, running coach, writer, blogger, and a lover of all things written.

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