Today was my first back to back long run,* and the end of week two of training. When I woke up before my alarm at 6:40am I could hear the wind raging outside and did not want to get out of bed. After peeling my tired legs out of bed and getting ready to go Ozzy and I headed out on a loop that is uphill for the first three miles. Let me just say that those first three miles were B R U T A L! Not only was I tired from yesterday's trail run, the wind was howling around me and my legs felt like lead weights. At mile two I was contemplating the sanity of my decision making skills. Luckily, by the time I reached the top of the hill and headed back downhill, I was feeling pretty decent and by the time I hit mile six I found myself running at a 9:30 pace! Honestly, I knew it would get better because the first few miles are always the most difficult, but I didn't know I'd feel that good! What a great confidence booster! I can almost see the 50k finish line!
*The back to back run is when you run two long runs in a row. The purpose of the back to back for ultramarathon training is to prepare you for running on tired legs that you will certainly have on race day. The back to back goes like this: Day 1 long run, Day 2 long run of approximately half the distance of the day before, i.e. Saturday= 20 miles, Sunday= 10 miles.
Wednesday: weight lifting
Week 1 Total: 23.12
Training Grand Total: 54.32