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Up North

My legs have been cooperating  (some what) since Monday. Unfortunately, now I am trying to continue training while running at altitudes I am not accustomed to. I have spent most days feeling pretty dehydrated and have finished most of my runs completely destroyed.
Everyone adjusts to changes in altitude differently, and I do not handle it well. Most of the time running my legs feel heavy and sluggish. I shuffle through most runs...amazed if I find myself hovering around 7:00min per miles. Most days I have just forgot the garmin and just run for time.
As for workout paces, they have needed to be adjusted. Houston and I discussed that the conversion was probably 10 seconds per mile, which is fine...on the flats. Most hills I feel myself gasping for air and barely being able to come within 30 seconds of goal pace. For those of you that follow training, my not-so-exciting log is below.

Monday: short jog, travel all day
Tuesday: 75 minutes in Edmonton (starting to get my legs back)


I'll spare you many of the details but obviously things didn't go very well. Oh Well!By 800m in I already felt weak. By 3 miles I was still on pace but dizzy and light headed. By 4 miles I realised I was going to have to drop out or end up in a medical tent.When I met my husband and Maddy at just over 10k, I was already running 6:50 pace.I fried myself a few weeks back. Live and learn, time to get recovered and focus on the fall. Hope everyone else had a successful weekend of training and racing.

I'm still here.

I've been told I need to update my blog. I guess I was kind of surprised someone noticed. Lets just say that I have not had the best two weeks of legs have had a hard time coming back after the Rez Run this past Saturday (it made Mount Schmidt look like a speed bump). Unfortunately it was not the relaxed tempo I had expected (I got to the race just before the gun went off) and definitely not in this heat.So here we are, sitting in our over-priced hotel room in downtown Chicago waiting for Maddy to wake up from her 2 hour afternoon "nap" (must be nice). Tomorrow I race Chicago Rock 'n' Roll half,  and Monday we are attempting to fly to Canada to visit family ( that's another complicated story). I would have said three weeks ago that I was looking for a PR. However, after how the last two weeks have will be what it will be.Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and good luck to anyone racing.Meggan

Lesson learned!

I would like to say that this week was the best week ever, but then I would be lying.  The awesome week I had last week was about opposite to what I had this time around. Sure I still got in some decent miles, and Saturday’s workout was acceptable, but I suffered a bad bout of dehydration and spent the whole week recovering from it. Live and learn I guess.
If anyone is wondering what the heck happened to the time trial, we rescheduled until late/early fall because of the heat. Last week we were experiencing record highs across the state and temperatures were hitting over 100 during the day and staying above 90 until late into the night. It would have been a death march. Therefore I preceded to get in some major miles…in the heat. And, like I said, probably had one of my best weeks ever.
After last Saturday’s 20 miler I started to feel like I could accomplish anything, and so I continued to run many miles and not doing the things I needed afterwards.  Honestly, when it comes to the nu…

This past week's log

Monday: 11 miles moderate/good pace
Tuesday: 3+ mile run to track, 6X400m @ 75-76 sec w/70 sec recovery, 3+ mile run home
PM: 3 miles easy
Wednesday: 11 miles (treadmill) 7:03-6:49 pace
Thursday:AM: 2.5 mile w/u, 42 min progressive tempo (10 min @ 5:56 pace,10 min @ 5:52 pace, 8 min @ 5:49 pace,14 min @ 5:46 pace) 2 mile c/d  
PM: 25 minutes 
Friday: 10 miles easy
Saturday:20 miles progressive treadmill run in 2:09:40 (5 miles @ 6:53-6:40, 5 miles @ 6:31, 3 miles @ 6:15, 6 miles @ 6:11, 1 mile  @ 6:07)
Sunday: AM: 50 minutes PM: 49 minutes

90 miles for the week.

Ok so I'm not about chasing miles and typically I don't like to run more than 10 miles on Sunday....but I felt so good running this afternoon (and it was actually not 100 degrees for once) it was just too easy to keep going. Here it is, my first 90 mile week ever! If things go as planned, there will be many more of these to come!