Strength Training for Runners

Mileage stayed up this, but I had a few more struggles than last week.  It’s finally the last month of training, and I am beyond ready for a little training break after this race.  My CrossFit box started a new strength cycle this week, which meant retesting some of the olympic lifts to get 1 rep max numbers to base percentages off of. … Read the rest

The Importance of Rest in Training

Miles were back up this week, and after a week of rest, I felt great for most of the week.  I’m so guilty of wanting to skip the rest part of recovery, but it always catches up to me.  It’s a huge mistake to discount the importance of rest in training, but it can take some practice (and sometimes bad experiences) to learn how to listen to your body and respect its need for down time. … Read the rest

Recovery Runs – Weekly Recap – 11.22.20

A much needed recovery week comes to a close!  This recovery week fell at just the right time, with the Thanksgiving holiday weekend taking a lot more of my time and energy than I had planned.  I ran a full marathon for my long run last Saturday, and had planned to run 13-15 miles on Sunday, but I was just not up for it. … Read the rest

Back in the Box – Weekly Recap – 11.8.20

My second week 100k ultramarathon training is in the books, and I’m (mostly) feeling great.  I’m also happy to report that when it comes to CrossFit, I am officially back in the box!  Even though I’ve been strength training consistently, it’s still a shock to the system to be throwing myself back into these high intensity workouts and heavier weights. … Read the rest

100K Ultra Marathon Training – Weekly Recap – 11.1.20

This week was technically my first week of 100k ultra marathon training.  I know, I have fully lost my mind with this trail running business, but I just couldn’t not go for it.  Going from 50 miles to 62(ish) isn’t exactly a life altering jump; I mean once you’ve run 50 miles, adding a half-marathon probably feels like nothing! … Read the rest

50 Mile Ultramarathon Recovery + Halloween – Weekly Recap 10.25.20

This week flew by!  The focus of this week was to do everything I could to help my body recover from the race.  Since I signed up for a 100k in my post-race delirium, I’ve had to try to walk the line between recovery and starting to train for my next race. … Read the rest

Cactus Rose 50 Mile Race Recap

This past weekend, I ran my first 50 mile ultramarathon.  There were plenty of lessons learned, mistakes made, and laughs at the aid stations.  Despite a very different experience from traditional trail races (due to COVID-19), I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to dive into the madness of running for a really long time. … Read the rest

50 Mile Ultra Marathon Prep – Weekly Recap 10.18.20

I RAN A 50 MILE ULTRA MARATHON. That is still insane to me. I knew I would be able to survive a 50 mile race; my body and mind had been preparing to do hard things, and I knew the only way I wouldn’t finish is if I got hurt on the course.… Read the rest

Tapering for an Ultra Marathon

It has finally arrived, the 50 mile ultramarathon taper. For someone who really likes to run, not running quite as much isn’t exactly a vacation. Sure, it’s nice to sleep in a little later and have slightly more energy, but there’s also a little more anxiety and nervous energy that doesn’t have a convenient place to go.… Read the rest

Recovery Runs in Endurance Training – Weekly Recap 10.4.20

We moved into our new home!  We’ve gotten about 90% of the unpacking done, and are starting to tackle hanging things up where we want them.  We still need to buy a few bigger pieces of furniture (like our dining table), but we’re focusing on getting what we have set up to see what kind of style we really want to focus on. … Read the rest