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:

Lake Vermilion, Minnesota | Crazy Running Girl

 

Lake Vermilion, Minnesota | Crazy Running Girl

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:

My first walleye! | Crazy Running Girl

 

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:

Running Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis | Crazy Running Girl

 

Su: rest
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
Sa: rest

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!?

 

Linking up with Susie, Rachel and Debbie for Running Coaches’ Corner today —>

 


 

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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