Happy Thursday everyone!!
Don’t worry, one more day until the weekend and I’m sure most of us only have a few days to work next week before the big Thanksgiving feast. I'm power eating for the 50K so I plan to put down some food lol.
This is post #4 in a series dedicated to those areas in my training that I’ve had to work through some trial and error to find out what works best for me.
Today’s Topic – Realization
I’m just going to be upfront and throw my cards on the table, I’m done with road running.
Throughout this training cycle it has become blatantly evident that my body adapted much better to trail running than it did to road running. I was talking to my coach this morning on our run and reflecting back to my preparation for my first and second marathons. I remember the sheer pounding that my body was taking during those 15 – 20 mile runs. My legs were trashed and it felt like my legs took forever to recover.
This past weekend I put in 40+ miles between Saturday and Sunday. Both days I took some Ibuprofen after my run and later that evening my legs were feeling pretty good and I was up and moving around. Not to mention on the runs themselves, I could feel that my legs were tired but I still had the ability to click off miles when needed. I am fully aware that my base, my build up, and my overall training cycle has been light-years better but I can’t deny the facts. My body feels amazing and I never felt this way during road race training.
The first realization that I was done with roads came a couple weeks ago. I woke up late one morning and I considered running around my neighborhood to make sure I got my miles in rather than drive to the trails and miss out on some miles. Well there wasn’t much debate, I jumped in the car and simply got as many miles as I could. There was a great loathing when I had the thought of 10 – 15 miles around my neighborhood. Now I still go for a run here and there around my neighborhood so I can get Buster ready for bed but that isn’t any more than 2 miles.
The second realization has been repeatedly popping into my head while I’m out for hours on my long runs. I am currently signed up for the RnR Half Marathon here in Phoenix next January, and I am 100% regretting that sign up lol. Originally I had PR on my mind when a good deal came up on my email and I jumped on the registration. I had an amazing race earlier this year and ran 1:39 for the half marathon. My goal quickly became 1:29 which would be a pretty amazing achievement. Being 100% honest, since joining my current running group, and training for this 50k…..no desire at all to run the RnR. I get more excited looking in the other direction. How awesome would it be to run a 50 miler? What about a 100k? What about a 100 miler? OMG what if I ever ran Western States or Hardrock or any of the other epic ultra marathons?? Now that gets me excited.
As of right now my focus is on the 50k in two weeks. In the back of my mind I’m pretty sure I’m running the RnR Half, I don’t want to waste the registration fee, I’m cheap lol.
But again, I’m pretty set on my feelings towards road races and the realization that I truly enjoy trail running.
Do you prefer road running or trail running?
What recent realizations have you made in your running life??