While all the well-known popular ultra runners have been training and preparing for the highly hyped UTMB race, I have been recovering from BR100 and getting ready for another widely talked about ultra, UROC. UROC is a race I think I can do well in and maybe have an advantage over some of the "top" ultra guys since they are racing overseas less than a month before the race. It is also on some more formidable mountains, ones that I have more experience running on. With that, this is the first ultra I will be doing with, to me, not the type of training I would normally like to have going into a longer race. I get confidence from big mileage weeks and long runs and since BR100, I have did neither. It has been three weeks since BR100 and I have five weeks till UROC - I'm looking forward to see what I can piece together in these five weeks.
Here is what I did from BR100 to now as far as training goes:
7/1 Mon - 0 Miles, 2nd day off after race
7/2 Tues - 0 Miles, 3rd day off after race
7/3 Wed - PM: 3 mi (24:00)
7/4 Thur - PM: 4 mi (30:44)
7/5 Fri - PM: 5 mi (39:54)
7/6 Sat - PM: 5 mi (41:27)
7/7 Sun - 0 Miles, Still feeling rough.
Total: 17 mi (2:16:05)
7/8 Mon - PM: 8 mi (1:02:58)
7/9 Tues - PM: 5 mi (36:17)
7/10 Wed - PM: 6 mi (48:53)
7/11 Thur - PM: 8 mi (59:00)
7/12 Fri - AM: 3 mi (23:00) PM: 10 mi (1:00:30) SSU Alumni 5K - 16:22. Went out and ran my hardest and this is what I got. Was 2x defending champion but got 9th this time around. Would have liked to see what I could have ran without a 100 miler 13 days prior.
7/13 Sat - AM: 5 mi (36:05) Chillicothe, OH with Juicy J. PM: 12 mi (1:34:01). Shawnee State Forest
7/14 Sun - AM: 8 mi (1:02:44) Brush Creek Area
Total: 65 mi (8:03:28)
7/15 Mon - AM: 12 mi (1:30:00) Hangover 5 Mi. Time Trial - 30:22. Had to rejoin the Bears with this familiar tradition and surprised myself with my third fastest time on the course.
7/16 Tues - PM: 16 mi (1:58:11)
7/17 Wed - PM: 8 mi (1:01:38)
7/18 Thur - AM: 5 mi (38:00) PM: 8 mi (1:01:21)
7/19 Fri - PM: 14 mi (1:46:28)
7/20 Sat - AM: 10 mi (1:14:13)
7/21 Sun - AM: 11 mi (1:34:44) Lancing, MI
Total: 84 mi (10:44:35)
I have started to get back into a rhythm with my running. Daily and weekly mileage is going up but I am still not feeling as fresh as I was before BR100. The past few days have been refreshing though as my legs are finally getting that feeling that they can just keep going as long as I wished for them to go.
It is the time of year for colleges to start again and this is the first time since I was four years old that I am not preparing to go back to school. It is also the first time in quite a while that I will not have daily practices, weekly meets, and all the other types of functions that I grew used too. I am not working a solid job which I had hoped to get after college and my mind really does not know what to do. When I do not have a constant flow to my day I get bored and when I get bored I end up getting lazy. Took me by surprise, college ending.
Running will come to me as it always does. Now, I am just in the process of finding what to do aside from running, which is the bulk of ones life.....