You know how some things just really seem like a great idea at the time; well my 100 miler in March was a great idea at the time. But the thing is you need to be smart and work out the planning and logistics of it all and to be honest, I got carried away in the moment and thought solely of the race and not how I would get my training to peak for that time.
To be honest I should have realized that having a big year of running, racing and adventures may call for some sort of break, but I just jumped right into training for my 100 miler. The thing is life gets in the way and rest and recovery are also are part of training. So I jumped in with both feet, and first issue to hit was moving to our new home and my training hit the skids for a couple of weeks. Me being me, I tried to jump right back in even though the move and stress involved had worn me down. I plowed on, got sick and of course tried to train through the sickness and eventually ended up with a chest infection and was forced to rest.
As if the move coupled with the illness had not knocked my training sideways, when several weeks of snow and ice hit the coast sure did. The weather impacted my running and so distance wasn’t being racked, so I tried to do some double ups and the change of camber due to snow and ice and increase in distance meant taking a week off for some shin issues.
I was hoping to be doing some 50-60 mile weeks with only a couple of months till my first 100 miler, but it seems various things have hit my training and it’s unlikely I will attain this sort of mileage. I’m not one to give up and I have committed to my 100 miler and I will go ahead with it even if I’m undertrained rather than over trained and injured.
I'd imagine I am not the only person who is overly critical of myself and full of self doubt. My running buddies seem to think, I have a good running base and I should not worry. But who knows; doubt creeps in with such a big goal as my first 100 miler.
I have done some research and there are people that have done 100 milers on marathon training mileage numbers that is 25-30 miles a week. I think if I can at least get back up to some 50 mile weeks and build on my strength training and on my mental preparation then all is not lost.
I think for sure in 2018 I will plan some short spring races to start my training and winter 2017 I will just keep up my base fitness and just have fun and not worry about what mileage I put in. After all I run because I enjoy it and I do not need the pressure that this has a hold on me right now.
So 2018 will be all about summer and fall races, unless something makes me change my mind lol.
I have decided to really up my race calendar for 2017 and after having done a 50k and 50 mile race in 2016, I kind of feel now that what may seem impossible is not necessarily impossible. I just need to put in the training and need to get my head in the right place as with longer distances, it’s your mental state as well as the state of your body that dictates if you will succeed or not.
So my motto for 2017 is going to be as per the blog title “Go Big or Go Home. I wont of course risk my health or safety to reach my goals but nor will I take the easy route, if it’s just temporary aches or I’m feeling a bit meh, because that happens in longer events and you just need to be able to push on through.
For 2017 I am going to try and fit in some more cross training so that will mean more rides logged on my bike. Hopefully more cross training should help build strength and prevent injury. I did start adding yoga to my training but that fell off a little during the recent months with work, commute and moving etc, so I need to add that back in and try to stick to it.
A few people I know use tires as part of their strength training and also to replicate the strength it takes to go uphill, so I am looking to get a tire and add that to my routine. Now with a longer commute due to us moving to the Coast, I am going to have to be adaptive to try and fit my training into my schedule. So I will look to add some runs and rides to the ferry and back; maybe some running on the deck when spring/summer is back as running on the top deck right now might be a bit challenging with lack of light, high winds some days and all the rain we get in fall and winter in the PNW.I may look to add some runs on my lunch break and maybe if I need something from the grocery store I might ride there to add some training in where I can.
I may add some smaller races in during next year, but for now my goal races are Lake Martin 100 miler, Diez Vista 100k and Squamish 50/50.
To help me get through to 2017 I have help in the form of being sponsored by Spidertech Tape, a Canadian based Kinseo Tape company; Hill Sound equipment, a Canadian based crampon and Gaiter Company. Also InReach Canada has helped me out by providing me with a discount of my monthly plan.
If you have time please check out Spidertech tape, Hillsound equipment and InReach. It means a lot to me to be supported by these great companies and when you buy a roll of tape from Spidertech or let your friends know about Hillsound or Inreach it would help these great companies and help me too.
This is straying a little from the original thoughts, I had for this blog post but I had to put it out there. I was on Facebook today and another member of a running group I am in, gave me an opinion on something but dismissed himself by saying, he was not at the same level as other members of the group. I said you’re a runner! it doesn’t matter if your front of the pack, middle of the pack or dead last! You’re a runner and we are all part of the same running family, so never dismiss yourself and like me aim high for 2017! Do your first 5k, do your first 10k and if running’s not your thing find something you love and embrace it and never be put off.
Go outside and just enjoy life, because you never know what could happen tomorrow or the day after or the week after and so on. Embrace life ☺