Tuesday brought an end to my break. Since my Cholesterol numbers are back in the normal range, I can now start to get serious about training for the Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Trail Ultramarathon. My first run after 14 days off was a little ambitious . At least my intentions were grand. I started out planning to run the Benete Hills. After about 4 miles I realized that I was going to have to start with a smaller distance. The hills were a great workout. My heart rate was higher than I thought it would be. I finished up at 5 miles with nicely tired legs.
I have caught up on listening to podcasts. One of the podcasts I listen to all the time is “Ask The Ultrarunner” from Endurance Planet. Lucho has given me some great ideas and advice. One tip I picked up recently was; if I only had a short amount of time to run, I should up the intensity. So, run hard on days when I can’t put in the longer distance.
Wednesday I used that advice and ran a hard, high heart rate, run during my lunch break. It was very hot at about 95 degrees so that factored into the run. I was able to get in a 3 mile run before melting into a little puddle.
Wednesday after work I was able to get in another run. It was an easy pace recovery run of 3 miles. I didn’t push the pace and just enjoyed myself at an easy pace. It was still pretty hot out though.
Thursday was a busy flying day, so I ran another 3 mile moderate paced run after I got done. It was a rainy evening and it felt good to run in the rain. I had no plan except to run and let go of the days stress. It worked good.
Friday I had big plans to put in some extra miles. I ran a 5k (3 mile) moderate pace at lunch time. The high heat was adding to the intensity. After putting in a busy afternoon of flying, I evaluated where I was in my training. It took me only a few minutes to decide that I didn’t need to run again in the evening, just to add miles to my week. I am still 16 weeks away from the Voyageur 50, so there is no need to overdo it this week.
Saturday ended up a lost day. There was an airplane accident at the Bali Airport and all flights were cancelled. That put us in an unplanned place for the night. All passengers are alive, so we can count that one as lucky.
Next week will start adding some longer distance runs again.