Week 3 of 18 is run and dun. The Disney Dopey Challenge is 4 straight days of racing (5k, 10k, 13.1, 26.2), and so it takes a lot of training to get ready for it. Here’s what my week looked like:
Sun: yoga, Mon: rest, Tue: 3 mile run + weights, Wed: 5 mile run, Thu: 3 mile run + weights, Fri: rest, Sat: 4 mile run, Sun: 14 mile run
The highlight was the Sunday 14 miler. I was a tad worried heading into it, not because of the distance, but because of the weather. You see, on Saturday morn it was in the mid 80’s with a humidity percentage near like a quadrillion. My easy 4 miler felt like twice that far. My legs felt heavy, and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to handle the 14 miler the next day. But you know what, I felt great Sunday morning! And it didn’t hurt that the humidity on Saturday finally turned into rain! We had a pretty nice storm all afternoon. After it passed, it left a nice cool evening.
The morning was cool too. I planned to do my long run before sunrise at White Rock Lake in Dallas. Problem is that I overslept…oops! Not too late, but by the time I got down there, the sun had just come up, and with it some heat came. Not too hot. It was still in the 60’s at the start of the run, but did get up into the 80’s that afternoon. A pretty gorgeous day. And running at White Rock Lake is good because there’s a 9 mile loop around the lake, there’s tons of other runners and bikers and sailors and kayakers and picnickers and you get the idea. There’s also a couple trails that branch off of the main trail. For this run, I took one of them for the first time – White Rock Creek Trail. It was a beautiful trail with lots of nature in the heart of the city. It went through a green belt up north. I took it until I got the extra 5 miles that I needed to get to 14 total. There weren’t a ton of runners on that trail, more bikers, but I liked it.
Anyway, I felt pretty good, so much so that I caught myself smiling a few times during the run. I did just read that smiling can help trick your body into going faster and/or stronger. Something to do with brain receptors and neurons and whatnot. Either way, it felt good to smile and run. I also did just read that your “wall” is reached at the point of your previous long run. I think this may be true. My previous long run this season was two weeks earlier – 13 miles. Yes, at mile 13 I wanted to be done. But like always, I sucked it up and finished. That’s how we build endurance – by slowly building the miles.
Anyways, week 4 is underway. Today was 3 miles with weights. Tomorrow 6 miles. Bring it week 4!
How far along are you in your race training?
I’m a little under 4 weeks out, so getting close. But I must say — you are CRAZY for doing that challenge. Seriously, but I love it. haha