Oooh weee, I ran today, actually 5 miles on the treadmill!!
So what is great about that?
Well my run training has been going like this, run one week, then the next week, hobbling around the household watching reruns and eating ICE cream, and not able to run. Okay not really so bad, the junk food eating part that is.
So last week I tried taking it slow and do some easy runs on the treadmill. One hour runs at a very easy pace. Okay not to bad!
Then the weekend. I was pretty nervous trying to actually run outside. I know the run would be okay but more worried about the aftermath. All that impact, my feet was not liking that lately. But lace up my shoes I did, finishing 10 miles of actual road running at an easy pace.
Then I met up with two of my soon to be Ultra Runners, kickstand Pam and Caroline for Sunday's trail run. They had a 3.5 hour run planned, but I was hoping to try to do more, give it a shot at least. So I headed to the trail around 5:30am just to try a little bit of night trail running on my own.
Yes, it was spooky being out there, I had a headlamp, a flashlight on one hand, and something to protect myself on the other. I know we don't have super dangerous wildlife out there roaming around, but all I could think of was flashbacks from the movie "The Blair Witch Project".
So I need to work on getting over my fear of running the trails at night, especially if I ever want to finish a 100 mile Ultra race.
Maybe I should carry my teddy bear when I was a kid? Maybe that would help? you think so?
But after running for a few minutes, then walk and look behind me in the dark, I met up with my running buddies. The sun was starting to finally rise on the ice packed snowy trails. The trails was really not to bad, allot of icy spots covered by snow which was bearable, but the ice did make it feel like we were running on the roads most of the time.
But even though the last hour was a little bit of a struggle for me, I was able to complete a 4 hour trail run with the help of my running buddies.
So a 30+ mile weekend and almost 50 miles for the week consisting of running, aqua~jogging, and some miles on the elliptical trainer.
From zero to almost 50, YEAH, but better yet, I think going from running miles to zero miles will not happen this time around, so far anyway.
I actually did make a appointment to go see an orthopedics doctor, but good old HMO, the only appointment available is 4 weeks away. So for now, I'm going to continue to self treat myself.
So what do I do now?
Hmmm, I'm honestly still undecided if I should still attempt the 100 miler in less than 7 weeks. I can actually drop down to the 50 miler 30 minutes before race start, so I'm not going to loose sleep over how many weeks I have left or if I should do the 100 miler or not. Because I still have plan B approved by the my "agent," yes the wife, as my alternative for my quest for craziness.
So hopefully another descent week of running along with some recovery things to hopefully keep me healthy for this week. So whatever happens I'm fine with it, because I'm back to some running again and training with some of my TRI club teammates.
I just wish it would at least stay above 40 degrees now and then, because it does get a little cold out there under the moonlight sky.