I meant to get this post up on Monday but I was up in Lake Vermilion this weekend and didn’t have a chance! So a mid-week update on ultramarathon training.
But first… Lake Vermilion! I have never been up this far north in Minnesota before — the northern part of the lake borders the Boundary Waters, which means we were super close to Canada, which is kind of cool. The one thing that is true –> the mosquitos are intense up here! I swear that they are at least twice the size as the ones you see in the rest of Minnesota. Gross.
But the views are absolutely amazing:
We spent most of our time on the water fishing, and even hired a muskie guide one day to take us out. It was my first time giving it a shot (full recap on Friday) and it was a lot of fun (even though, spoiler alert, we didn’t catch one). I did manage to catch my first walleye ever:
I think fishing counted for my cross-training this weekend because I definitely did not do a lot of running. However, the week was pretty busy with all the running so I was still able to get in a ton of miles.
The hardest thing I’ve found about ultramarathon training so far is that it’s really intense for my legs. When I ran the 16 miler on Friday morning, my legs were dead tired from the week and I let myself have a few walking breaks. If this would happen in marathon training, I would be so disappointed and mad at myself — and feel like I failed that run.
But, in my short stint of training for an ultramarathon, I’ve learned that it’s a very different ball game. Walking is not the devil — it’s something that you need to do (and will need to do come race day). The next few weeks are going to be even more intense so I am interested to see how my legs hold up.
Here’s the recap from ultramarathon training week 2:
Mo: 6 miles @ 9:08 per mile
Tu: 4 miles @ 10:07 per mile
We: 6 miles @ 9:31 per mile
Th: 10 miles @ 9:20 per mile
Fr: 16 miles @ 9:57 per mile
TOTAL: 42 miles
I did manage to squeeze in two arm workouts + one leg workout. Overall, it was a solid week of training. All I can say is that I can’t believe that it’ll be August next week… meaning I can say that I’m running an ultramarathon “next month.” How did that happen!?
What was your training like last week? What races are you training for?
What’s your favorite way to get outside in the summer?
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