I feel like my blog has turned into an ode to how much I love Utah.
But seriously, I really love Utah.
Anyways… this is a running blog and I do have some running coming up. As a few of you already know, I am not running the Utah Valley Marathon due to my injury from a few weeks back. I am still coming back from the injury and my mileage is pretty low at the moment. Instead, I am hoping to do the half.
Despite my setbacks so far in 2017, I am hoping to have at least one really good race in the fall. I signed up for the St. George Marathon in October and will be going for a very significant PR there. I know that it seems early to say that I am going for a good time, but St. George is a downhill course that is known for shaving many minutes of marathon times. The race goes through some of the most beautiful parts of southern Utah and generally draws a big crowd.
Training for St. George will start in June, so I have a few months of base building and strengthening before I start. I want to have my ankle in tip top shape before I start, so I am keeping my mileage pretty low and doing a lot of cross training to make sure that I don’t aggravate it more. I also imagine that some upper body and core strength won’t hurt in making me a faster runner.
That being said, this was my training last week.
M: 4.3 miles at easy pace + 6 mile hike at Ferguson Canyon
T: 4 miles at marathon pace (8:55/mi) + Climbing at the gym
W: Yoga + Climbing at the gym
T: 6ish miles no watch
F: Yoga + 4 miles on trail 800 ft vert
S: Hiked ~7-8 miles
S: Snowshoed 8 miles
Total: 18 ish miles running + 22 miles hiking
Apparently I hiked a lot more than I ran this week. It might be that way for a little while since walking does not hurt my ankle at all. The snowshoe hike did not feel 100%, but everything else felt good. I’m excited to get my strength back, but I am definitely taking my time getting there. These are my plans for this week:
T: 5 miles + climbing + yoga
W: 10 miles + yoga
F: 5 miles + Yoga
S: 4 miles + hiking
S: 4-6 miles + hiking
Of course that mileage is all ankle dependent, but we’ll see how it goes. How is your training going? Have you picked out any races for the fall?
Sydney Update: She seems totally fine. She’s been a little needier than usual, but seems to be back to her usual self. I’m still kinda confused about what happened, but she seems much much better.