The “We are all in this together!” posts are weekly training updates – glimpses into my personal training weeks with all the highs and lows, struggles and successes.
Happy New Year! 1st week of training for 2020 races was in full swing this week. I celebrated the new year with a trip to Indiana Dunes National Park and adding another race to my 2020 schedule – Kettle 50k. I ran this race a couple years ago and can’t wait to go back!
40 miles total this week, base phase with strides and hills – based on consistently putting in the miles. No strength training this week, that will resume this coming week. Fun variation for hills this week – sand dunes! Indiana Dunes National Park is situated along the Lake Michigan shoreline and features natural Great Lakes beauty with a view of the Chicago skyline across the lake. The park features sand beaches, grassy dunes, and forested dunes with trails throughout. In Indiana Dunes State Park they offer the 3 Dune Challenge, a trail that traverses the 3 tallest dunes. We did the challenge (you have to if you’re there, right!?) and then continued through the state and national park exploring the trails and dunes. Here’s a link to Indiana Dunes National Park! https://www.nps.gov/indu/index.htm
I also enjoyed a run on the Ice Age Trail with my mom before heading back to the U.P. Runs with my mom are particularly special. Watching her develop a love of running and running together as I grew up definitely fostered my own love of running. The fact that we still run the trails together and support one another in achieving our running goals is amazing and I cherish every moment of it.
This week I continued to read What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. In this week’s portion of the book Murakami compares how becoming a successful runner and becoming a successful writer require the same “training” principles, focus and endurance. He notes that these are separate and distinct from talent, allowing one to improve through patience and consistency. This made me think of all the runners I know that aren’t naturally fast – myself included – reflecting on all the progress that can be made simply through a commitment to consistency. Oftentimes I think we get discouraged when we are not naturally gifted at something. It makes sense, we’re all busy and want to enjoy the free time we have! However, the satisfaction that comes from harnessing all the grit you’ve got to achieve something you thought was impossible – well, there’s no greater joy than that.
Nutrition! The holidays brought all kinds of indulgences and I enjoyed every. single. one. But alas, time to get back to a more normal routine. I find I just feel better, and certainly run better, when I keep my diet tidy. I don’t have any hard and fast rules – just eating mostly grains, vegetables (lots of vegetables!), fruits, nuts/seeds, and lean protein. A favorite recipe on repeat here are these Korean Lentils https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com/sweet-korean-lentils/. So easy and so delicious! We eat them with brown rice and veg.
This coming week I’m back to a normal routine. Looking forward to another week of training!
Have a great week!