Here we are, the dog days of summer, and I’m right in the smack dab center of my ultra marathon training program. I don’t know that there is ever an ideal time to train for an event like this when you live in Minnesota. You’re either training during the questionable spring weather, the frigid winter months or during the hottest, humid (bug filled) weeks of summer.
The weather challenges, the life challenges, problem-solving around how, when and where you’ll get your mileage in is what makes the accomplishment of stepping on the starting line feeling ready more rewarding.
This week starts the build of high mileage weeks as we get closer to the run. In addition to high miles to run, I’m also starting to teach yoga at a local studio once a week. Yoga helps me stay calm, present, and injury free. To some, it may seem like one more thing to add to my busy schedule, but it really helps me stay grounded with all that is going on.
Here is an outline of the training week ahead:
Monday – Rest Day
Tuesday – 4 miles (4)
Wednesday – 10 miles and yoga (just yoga – miles will have to be tomorrow)
Thursday – 4 miles (6)
Friday – Rest Day (8)
Saturday – 24 miles (7)
Sunday – 10 miles (13.1)
Planned mileage: 52 miles
Actual mileage: 38.1 – ouch.