Anyway, on to the report.
Length: 08.71 miles in 1 hour 43 minutes (11:49 pace)
Typically I only report my weekly long run in my L-Five reports, but this week this WAS my long run! I basically ran from the MADD shelter on the Northshore trail to Far Gate and back. I didn't get started until late afternoon, so it was a little warmer than I am used to, but I enjoyed the heat. I prefer running in warm than in cold.
Limbs: Almost 100%
A few weeks back I turned over on my ankle during one of my runs. Fortunately I didn't break anything, it was just a sprain. However, it took much longer than I expected to recover. So I dialed back my mileage over the last couple of weeks in order to let it heal.
I only ran 4 miles the first week and quickly learned that I wasn't ready to get back to it. I ran 20 miles last week and 24 miles this week. I run tonight felt good. So I think I will resume my training next week.
No issues. My lungs are feeling great. I am actually considering changing this to an L-4 report because I don't have much more to say about that!
I was a little frustrated over the last few weeks because I couldn't run like I wanted to. And the forced break from my training kinda messed up my training plans. But I also realize that injury is part of the process and I need to accept the recovery time. I just need to be more careful when running to avoid another injury.
Other than that I am having a BALL out there on the trail. I can't wait to get out and run and love every minute of it. I think I am in an excellent place mentally to continue my training and complete my first ultramarathon.
Learning: Patience, patience, patience
I am still struggling with patience. I realize it takes time to build up the base and endurance I need to run ultras. And I realize I'm not getting any younger. I think my ankle injury was the result of pushing too hard, pushing beyond my current capabilities. And because of that, I sidelined myself for a few weeks.
So I am going to focus on patience. I am going to focus on just putting the miles in and not worrying about speed or pushing my numbers. I am going to just stick with my training plan and work through it one day at a time. As Yiannis Kouros is credited with saying, "Without patience, you will never conquer endurance."
The following outlines my training plan for next week
Bring it on!