We are all in this together! Back in the U.P.

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.

Back to snowshoe running and cross country skiing this week. Mileage decreased a bit – more cross-country skiing miles and snowshoe running planned by time, not mileage.  The variety has been nice after a couple weeks in Wisconsin without snow. Runs felt OK this week. It was a particularly busy, stressful week. Stressful weeks are noticeable to me in my training. I feel tired more quickly and have to do a bit more motivating to get out the door sometimes. I think this is pretty universal. Looking forward to a more normal week this coming week!

Base phase right now with strides and some relaxed hills – two more weeks of base phase! One of my snowshoe runs this week took me up one of the local overlooks in town. Finding places that make me feel small is one of my favorite things about trail running – standing above the city, seeing it abuzz, and knowing that in that moment I can escape it all and find refuge in a peaceful place. There’s a calming power in knowing we can step away from it all for a bit.

Cross-country skiing filled a lot of cross-training time this week. Now that I live in a place with consistent snow, I have completely fallen in love with incorporating cross-country skiing into training. I’ve been considering participating in the Birkie next year! Anyone done the Birkie? I’d love to hear about your experience. Interested in more information about cross-country skiing and running? Here’s a Trail Runner Magazine link! https://trailrunnermag.com/training/cross-training/cross-country-skiing-cross-training-for-trail-runners.html Other cross training this week included yoga and total body strength training x2.

I’ll wrap up with some thoughts on this week’s section of the book What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. He talks about all the lessons he has explored running, things that he then applied to his writing career. His list of lessons includes, “How much can I push myself? How much rest is appropriate – and how much is too much? How far can I take something and still keep it distant and consistent? When does it become narrow minded and inflexible? How much should I be aware of the world outside, and how much should I focus on my inner world? To what extent should I be confident in my abilities, and when should I start doubting myself?” I think these thoughts are relatable to all runners. It’s one of the things many of us find so valuable about running.  Running facilitates our exploration deep inside ourselves, aiding us in determining who we are and what we are capable of.

Have a great week!

Melissa

Interested in discovering what you are capable of? Contact me at superiorrunningco@gmail.com for more information!

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