Hey Everyone, Happy Monday!!
Let’s start with a little Schlubbing Throwback. As I was coming home from my run this weekend, I had that strange happiness where your body is exhausted and your legs are absolutely trash, but you are completely happy because it was a hard workout, and the sense of accomplishment is awesome. So as I’m driving, I start thinking back to when I started this whole trail running thing. I did some searching around on the blog and came across a post from February 2014. First off let me say, my writing sucked back then lol. If anyone is still hanging around from way back then, good Lord I owe you a huge thank you because I can’t even read my posts from back then without wincing. But reading over this post, it was the first time I attempted the mountain by my work. I can’t say that was the light bulb that went off because I was using that training for my road races, but that was a small step in this direction. The direction that now has me full blown training for my first 50k ultra race in December. Just a little throwback on this Monday morning. I suggest just reading the recap here because the writing back then is not worth going back and reading the whole post lol.
Quick training update, this weekend was both pretty epic and pretty brutal.
I’ve always preferred to take Friday off before my long runs and now with many of my weekends including back to back runs, I thought the day off would be helpful. Well I happen to have some bad influences in my running group lol. The guys were getting together for a longer run on Friday morning that included a pretty awesome route that hit just about all the trails in the park. Right away that had me intrigued and I wanted to join, 9 extra miles doesn’t make a difference does it?!?! It was a great run, I ended up cutting off a smaller loop but it only saved me about ½ a mile…damn lol. The closing mile is all downhill so we ended with a fast finish which felt great but I’m sure that was not beneficial for the rest of my weekend.
Saturday we had a community service event early in the morning so I couldn’t join running group. I decided to run after our event and man oh man that was a bad decision. We were doing some maintenance at a local school so I was on my feet the whole time doing basic labor and that made my legs pretty sluggish. I ran in the middle of the day, temps were around 95*, and was totally exposed with sun just beating down on me. I got to the 3.5 mile mark and was just DONE!! I turned at that point and just headed home. I was so glad this suffer fest was done, and immediately forgot all about how much that sucked.
Sunday was workday, I had 18 miles on the plan. This run was solid!! I went with PB&J for my fueling again and I’m really liking this system. Overall the total time on feet was 3 hrs 3 min and I was spot on finishing all 18 miles. My legs were trash by the end of the run but I felt like I could of kept churning out miles which is a huge confidence booster. Oh I forgot to mention, the views were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!
Then we hit the running store and got Mrs. Schlub some new running shoes. They didn’t have the color she wanted to we had to order them and expedite shipping. She should have them in a couple days and then she is off and running. (See what I did there lol)
In a way this weekend turned into a back to back to back weekend but my legs held up great and I’m in a great place mentally. These next two weeks are going to be tough on my training schedule because I feel like I need a cut back week but we are also taking a weeklong trip to Mexico next week. I’d hate to lose any fitness over these next two weeks because I’m being lazy. My legs feel good today, not too much damage from this weekend so I’m hoping I can have a solid week and really have a cut back next week while we are in Mexico. We shall see!!!
Do you ever go back and read over old posts on your blog?