Week 2

On Friday we will be embarking on a camping trip out west. We will hook up our truck to our fifth wheel camper and make our way towards our campsite in Moran, Wyoming. This is nestled halfway between the entrances to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks. We will spend much of the week there exploring both parks before heading over the mountain pass to Driggs, Idaho and spend some time outdoor adventuring with my sister.

Trips like this that stretch out nearly two weeks, can be a major crutch when it comes to training for an event. Training often never goes as planned. I might stay up by the fire a little bit later, weather could be challenging, be in a sketchy area, decide to go on a road trip or hike, etc. that might change what I had planned. Luckily, I’m only in week 2/3 of my training program, so I’m not going to stress about it and just do what I can, when I can. I’ve already been making changes to my schedule this week to try to get the majority of my mileage in before we start our major driving days.

On Monday, I took a much needed 100% rest day. I didn’t even take my puppy for a walk! After going from 43 miles TOTAL for the month of May to 34 miles in the first week of my training plan, I was tired and feeling it. I was also toying with the idea of hitting some big miles on Tuesday and needed to save my energy if that was going to be the case.

I woke up on Tuesday at 4:20 a.m. and initially wanted to get to the trail around 4:45 a.m. to start running. However, I couldn’t get past the fact that two big black bears were spotted just a mile down the road from us earlier in the week and I didn’t want to run into them on the trail. I delayed my run until the sun started to create a warm glow on the trees at about 5:00 a.m. then it was go time.

My plan for the week:

Monday: Rest Day!

Tuesday: 14 miles (14)

Wednesday: Yoga & 3 miles (3)

Thursday: 6 miles (6)

Friday: 3 miles & Upper Body Workout (upper body)

Saturday: 3 miles (3.3)

Sunday: 3 miles (3)

I hope to sneak in a little more, but realistically, I don’t think it’ll happen. The training plan calls for 38 miles this week and 32 miles is pretty close!

Update: Actual miles ran = 29.3

These are the two bears that I was concerned about running into on the trail in the dark. The loved the bird feeder in my dads back yard!
Gorgeous sunrise over Mollie Lake
A deer bounding into the woods along the power line. Notice the white of tail on the left side.
My stats for a Tuesday 5:00 a.m. run
Wednesday 3 miles with my boy Blue
Yoga stretch/flexibility workout after my run. My tight muscles needed it!
6ish miles…Kurt followed me on the bike. Greeted by 3 new dogs today, not so fond of crazily barking dogs that I don’t know.
Stats from the run. Close enough to 6 for me. I remember the days when I wouldn’t stop until I hit it. Proof that those days are over!
Woke up to a steady rain this morning so I opted for a 30 minute Bowflex workout instead. 30 minutes of sprints helped me reach my step goal before getting in the truck for a days worth of driving.
Followed up my Bowflex workout with an upper body/core combo workout on Fitness Blender.
First full day on the road brought us to Wall Drug. I got in my miles on Saturday morning by making multiple loops around the parking lot and wrapped up with a short run to the grocery store to pick up a few thinks to cook breakfast in the camper.

Sunday run in the Big Horn Mountains as pictured below. Beautiful scenery. Blue and I followed a trail into the forest, but it dead ended shortly at a barbed wire fence. We figured we should turn around, so we ran along the lake and followed the very hilly road going into the day use area.

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