Today is my last long run before the half marathon in 2 weeks. My plan instructed me to run 14 miles. I think the idea is that you tend to hit the wall a couple of miles before the longest distance you have trained up to, so if you train a little bit more miles than the race you won’t hit the wall.
Things seem to be all healed up and I felt really good.
For the next two weeks I am going to add in my usual cross training on my non-running days so I can be in top shape for the race.
I saw a raven as I started the cool down walk back home. It looked like a huge crow, so that’s the only way I know it was a raven. It was really cool! I hope it’s an auspicious sign. I will take it as an auspicious sign, because I love ravens.
My power song today was “Dis Generation” by a Tribe Called Quest. I love that song and have been listening it a lot lately. It’s got an amazing groove and the poetry is awesome.
I think this is a raven. It’s huge. Way bigger than a crow.
Today’s scheduled run was a 3 miler, but I decided to do my favorite 4.5 mile run instead. It was a glorius day for a run. Nice and cool and we finally got some rain!! All of the wildfire smoke has cleared out and I was able to breath. I was a bit speedier on my splits, which was nice for the ego.
I signed up for Strava. (If you are there come and find me!) I am still finding my way around over there. I like some things about it but there are some concerns. I tried using it with my Apple Watch but couldn’t get it to work, which is frustrating. I used the activity app on my watch and ran Strava on my phone at the same time, which is kind of annoying. However, I really like some of the analytics that I get with Strava that I don’t get with Apple Watch. And I like the social aspect as well.
One of the biggest concerns is safety. I gives your contacts access to your running routes, and I’m not sure I feel comfortable with that. But is that something that I should really be concerned about? I’d like to know your thoughts about it.
Today’s power song was Beez In The Trap by Niki Minaj. Oddly, I heard this song twice during my run, in the same place, at the beginning and at the end of my run. Weird!
Today my plan simply told me to do a Time Trial for 1 mile, and that’s it. A Time Trial, also known as the Magic Mile, is a way to measure your progress as you train. You are supposed to go to a track and run the mile as fast as you feel like you can. So that’s whatI did. In the blazing mid-day sun.
Since running one mile on my long running day is just completely ridiculous I decided to add my usual 4 mile trail run. I ended up running a bit further than I probably should’ve. Oh well.
My time for the mile has improved though! This makes my competitive, track running 15 year old in me proud.
Today’s power song was “Higher Ground” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
I have been involved in the Ford Institute Leadership Program, through the Ford Family Foundation. The goal of the program is to train members of various rural communities in Oregon in leadership skills. Through the training and workshops we choose a project in the community as a group and we have to complete the project in a year.
This has been an amazing experience for me. I have met some really awesome people in the community and I am so excited to work with them on our chosen project. I will probably blog more about it as time goes on.
This past weekend was our last training weekend. I made a silly video. It is truly a hideous video. But it was fun to make. The memories are not hideous though. The memories I will cherish, truly. I am totally pumped about working with these guys.