Wednesday, June 03, 2015

May in Review

May held 92.5 miles of running/walking with a total elevation gain of 11,013. It was actually my lowest mileage and elevation gain of the whole year so far, despite my 50k being smack-dab in the middle of the month. Obviously, the taper down, then back up, greatly reduced my mileage for most of the month surrounding the race.

I added up all of my mileage and elevation for the year as of May 31st and I am already at:

*639 miles 
*76,864 feet of elevation gain

Whoa! Well on my way to hit my yearly goals as long as I (knock on wood) stay healthy. 

I am starting to try out a back-to-back runs. This past week I did 5 on Friday, then 7 (plus 3 more with my family) on Saturday. So, 15 total. Typically a back-to-back would be better done with the higher mileage day first, but whatever, I'm a rebel. Will keep working on it and listening to my body to make sure it is adjusting to the added stress okay.

It's a bit of an adjustment to be comfortable with a decreased training load. While I know I don't need 14 hours of working out a week to maintain a good level of health and fitness, it is tricky to shift my mindset to not feel completely lazy with half of that time, or less.

Training for the Deception Pass 50k doesn't start until the end of August, so I have almost three months to enjoy the downtime. Likely I will start appreciating it, oh, around the middle of August. 

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