"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, Who is in you, Whom you have received from God? ... So use every part of your body to give glory back to God..." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Junes Ultra Training

"Don't announce your vulnerabilities to your competition. Superman didn't pin a note to his cape saying 'kryptonite weakens me'." Coach Cane Twitter

I am NOT that competitive. And my training is NOT that special. No one in their right mind would follow my training because its not by the books, makes sense to no one but me and is kinda ridiculous.
Not many people have any desire to run over 200 miles a month.

I am SOOO eating my words. I have not logged my miles this month..or  even last month. This makes NO sense when training for ANY length of a race, but that's how I roll.
"Typical Anita" fashion.

This evening I decided I would "add" them up. I was shocked at my miles the last 2 weeks.

This week I had 65.9 miles. I have no idea how that happened. Well..I have an idea, duh. I was just very surprised. I had almost 70 miles last week too.
My mindset is in "ULTRA TRAINING", I just didn't realize I had actually put it into action. The 6am  runs have allowed me to be home more with my boys and take care of my house better. I have more time to take care of my responsibilities. I am still exhausted at night..it all adds up. This explains todays run a little more.

We met at Holly Rec. We parked in a lot off McGinnis Rd and ran into the park. As soon as I tried to windup my legs...nothing wanted to move, except my lungs. I was out of breath before I even started!
Granted it was already 68' degrees out and so humid you could cut the air. Claudia was with me as we headed to find Rachel.
When the 3 of us met we were all riding the struggle bus as Rachel puts it. We were not going anywhere fast.
We did come up with several reasons to explain our fatique though...

Reasons for Riding the Struggle Bus:
  1. Accumulated weekly miles
  2. It was only 6am
  3. SOO humid
  4. The BUGS...Good grief they were blood sucking demons
  5. Didn't eat enough
  6. Wasn't drinking enough
  7. Didn't sleep enough
  8. So sweaty #Sosalty
  9. I am a WUSS
  10. IT WAS IN MY HEAD...Mental.

Now...knowing I had increased my miles some what,  I have done a few things to keep me from falling apart.
  1. Going to bed earlier
  2. Eating more
  3. Drinking more water, ugh.
  4. Eating more whole foods, protein
  5. Probiotics
  7. Rolling and stretching.
  8. Naps..Even if I put my legs up and close my eyes for 15 minutes, it makes such a difference.
Sheba My Nap Partner.

I ran the last loop at Holly Rec solo. Knowing I was stuggling I reminded myself how "MENTAL" it is. My body felt good, I wasn't sore, just tired. I decided to try and pick it up if just a little bit. The last 5.5 miles of a 18 mile run. I knew I just had to shut down my mind and RUN.

Before I started my last loop I reparked my truck to my familiar parking spot. Funny, the things you notice when your alone. We stop at this marker a  gazzilion times as a fuel spot. But today was the first time I ever noticed it. I loved it. I wondered what stories it could tell laying there weathered and beaten. The same way I felt!

I was home to pick Alec up from Football practice. I let him bring a friend home.
I made steak and eggs for breakfast.
Took a nap..after I took care of my chores.
And because it was still early, I took the boys to Rose Oaks and I went to the beach with Lacey. Now this is SUMMER FUN and a 18 mile run!

  • Probiotics
  • Noosa Greek Yogurt, (high fat and higher protein)
  • Juice plus vanilla protein. Protein shakes, Pina colada flavor, yum
  • Trail mix and Honey Stinger Waffles on long runs.
  • Juice Plus chews, fruit and veggie

I decided today I am going to run Woodstock 50miler. It will be 4 weeks before Hennipen 100 and make a significant training run.
We are in Full Ultra Swing Baby! Praying for a strong body & strong mind. 
God has been so good to me. I am very grateful he is keeping me upright and healthy. It is my job to listen to him when he speaks to me. To glorify him in every mile. Because each mile is truly a GIFT.


  1. Not every run is great, and there are plenty of valid reasons for the suckfest - weather, sleep, nutrition, etc. the important thing is to run it anyway and not give in to the blah! Nice job :)

    1. well said.. I love it. I find that once I am by myself I can coach myself out of the suckfest a little better. But then I have those runs I am soo thankful for the support of others!

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