Site:
http://www.determinedtobefit.com
Miles:
3004 total / 45 in 2014
Goal:

I love trail running and I'm ready to tackle my first 100 miler in Nov. Lots of running to do until then with some CrossFit mixed in. Love my weights too!

Keyalus ran: This was my first rea...

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  • 12 miles
  • 02:10 time
  • 11:18 pace
  • 1858 calories
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  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently 3/5 Effort.
    effort 3/5
good Red Top Rumble 11.5 mi 02:10 11:18 pace

This was my first real trail race ever last year. I feel like I've come full circle in such a short time. I never imagined back in 2011 that this race would spark a love of trail running. I surely never imagined that the next time I ran it, I would have already run a 50K, a 50 miler and be 30 days out from a 100K. Blows.my.mind. Also cool that I know so many people now from other races. I only knew 1 person the first time I did this one. I probably said hi to 15 people this time.

Coming off two weekends of tougher long runs, I didn't know how much I would have to give for this race. I kind of wanted to beat my time from last year (a respectable 1:50) but I was lighter then and I also hadn't run marathons the previous 2 weekends.

I really did stick to my recovery week plans, but the energy didn't find me or else I just did it wrong. I knew the first 5K was quite flat so I blasted through and then I was kind of gassed out for the rest of the race. Everything felt fine, but I didn't feel like giving a huge effort so I didn't.

I think I need to really, really make sure that when I do these races for training, that I truly am training. Starting to feel like all my paces are blurring together and that my racing and training paces are one and the same. That's not good at all because that means I'm never recovering and not able to give my all in the "A" race. Using races for training can be a double-edged sword that way. I like having company for training runs but I also hate feeling super slow and want to do my best. I need to work on that attitude.

I'm going to really reign it in these next 30 days to make sure that DoubleTop goes great. Getting control of my diet, recovery, and training are top priority. This race could be my last big ultra for a while and I want it to be a great experience!

  • Mike S.

    Good effort. It's good that you realize the importance of recovery. I have trouble with that sometimes, too. And if you are only a year into doing ultras, I think your body is probably still getting tougher and adjusting to the higher mileage. I'm surprised you're heavier than a year ago.

    almost 3 years ago Like

  • Di S.
    Di S.

    Great to see you this morning!!! Good luck at DoubleTop!!!

    almost 3 years ago Like

  • Tameika
    Tameika

    Smart training Keyalus. It's so hard to reign it in, but you will be better for it. Best to you!

    almost 3 years ago Like

  • Terri L.
    Terri L.

    So cool to compare year to year and see how much you have accomplished. Congrats on ALL you have done.

    almost 3 years ago Like

  • Keyalus
    Keyalus

    @Mike - I think the problem is that I came off of 1.5 of weight loss efforts and dived right into ultras. I never quite figured out maintenance and then the whole balance of exercise shifted to way more cardio and less weights. I gained weight in the past while training for a regular old marathon! I know what I need to do to fix this problem though.

    almost 3 years ago Like

  • Keyalus
    Keyalus

    1.5 is supposed to be 1.5 years!

    almost 3 years ago Like

  • Keyalus
    Keyalus

    @Tameika - It is hard to reign it in but I have to do it. This is still a learning experience for me so I'm just figuring it out as I go.

    almost 3 years ago Like

  • Keyalus
    Keyalus

    @Terri - 2011 was a huge year and I never imagined it would have turned out that way.

    almost 3 years ago Like