|Jack enjoyed this first 10" snow,|
the second 12" snow last week brought the snow to his belly
I tried to take it fairly slow. When I was running and not eating or peeing, I averaged about a 9:00/min/mile pace. I probably can't keep that pace in my upcoming ultra marathon on an actual trail, but we'll see. I felt really strong and my heart rate was really low. It's just matter of getting into a comfortable rhythm and then just gettin' it done.
You're not supposed to have any food or drink other than clear water in the gym, but I packed my bag full of Naked Coconut Water, bananas, potato chips, Gu gels, and ... clear water. (Please don't tell anyone at my gym that I broke the rules.)
Other than having to continually force myself to focus, the run wasn't really "that bad" at all. Plus, I proved to myself that I could run 6 hours. I felt strong at the end, like I could have gone quite a bit longer if necessary, and properly motivated.
On Sunday, I ran a slow 14 miles of recovery around the side roads of our neighborhood. It was still a little chilly with about 18 degree wind chills from a 12 mph SSE wind ... and my legs were reaaaaaally dead ... but it was good to get some additional mileage in and flush a little of the lactic acid out. I made sure I stretched really well throughout the day and on Monday when I woke up, I felt pretty good.
I think I'm about as ready as I can be for Tatur's 6 Hour Snake Race in Tulsa, Oklahoma in two weeks. At the race, we basically just run for 6 hours, and whoever runs the farthest wins. Originally I was hoping to run about 40 miles, but that's probably a little too aggressive for my first ultra marathon. At this point, I would be extremely happy with anything over 35. But we'll see. A lot will depend on the course and the conditions. It will probably be extremely muddy with less than ideal footing.
Overall, I feel like I've put in the work. Since the first of the year, I've averaged 72 miles per week, with the exception of the week I tapered for the Lost Dutchman Marathon. On all of those weekends, I've combined back-to-back long runs, with the longest being last weekend of 3:45/Saturday & 4:05/Sunday ... and this weekend of 4:44/Saturday & 2:08/Sunday. I've used back-to-back long runs for a while now, but not for this extended period of time. I also combined several double workouts, morning & night, during the week. One thing I noticed during the training is I really had to shorten my runs during the week to about 7-8 miles. I really had to use weekdays as recovery for the extended weekend workouts.
Basically this weekend has proven to me that I can get through 6 hours of running. And the challenge on race day will be not going out too fast and bowing up at 4 hours. I feel like I have my nutrition plan down, and I've done a ton of trail training ... so hopefully all will go well. Hope your weekend workouts went well too! Have a great week!
... be great today!