(Ultra)Marathon Monday

I have no idea how it’s almost the new year, but it came much too quick. Having “all of December” to train seemed like a lot of time but it seems to have came and gone with both success and missed opportunities. The weather, however, has been pretty giving on weekends for long runs and I can’t complain about that. Feeling your face on every winter run so far is such a treat.

I’d rate training last week as lame. Trying not to beat myself up too much about it though because I did spend some QT with family Wednesday-Friday. Saturday it got better.

Monday: OFF

Tuesday: 40 minutes Stairmaster

Wednesday: OFF

Thursday: Unexpected OFF (unless you count the mile I did on my parents’ elliptical as I waited for dinner to be ready)

Friday: OFF

Saturday: 13 mile trail run (so.much.huff.and.puff)

Sunday: Cross-training (1 hr elliptical, 15 min arc trainer)

Why did it get better Saturday? Oh maybe, just maybe, but probably because it was my first run in my new GARMIN FENIX 2!

Garmin Fenix 2

Isn’t she a beaut?

There’s just under two weeks until the 2015 race season is underway. First on deck is the local Rocks & Roots 50K over at Alum Creek State Park.

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This was a favorite of mine last year because it’s a super low-key race put on by a bunch of great people. 5x6mi loops which equally sucks and is good. It is nice knowing exactly when an aid station will be coming up and it makes fueling and hydrating pretty straight forward.

The R&R 50K was my first ultra last year so it holds a special place in my heart. It’s a series so 50K in January and a 50K in February buuuut this year they’re giving a 50 mile! option in February which obviously we’re going to take advantage off. Perfect timing to get in a long run before Georgia Death Race in May.

Last year I saw great improvement from January to February’s times so I’m excited for these to be a great start to the season. Just hoping there’s not globs of mud all over for the first race which made it impossible to run after the 3rd loop.

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Alright it’s now lunchtime and that’s not something I’m willing to sacrifice time for. Because everyone knows one thing that makes a happy runner and that’s food.

Stay hungry. Figuratively not literally.

Thailyr Scrivner

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