Week two training went well. I ended this week of training with an additional 43 miles. June isn’t over yet and I already ran 114 miles. The most I’ve ran in a month is about 88 miles. If things go according to plan, I’ll have 280 miles in within a 31 day period.
A few things changed at my CARA training group on Saturday. First, we have a new group leader. I forgot his name so I’m calling him Pony. The dude has a pony tail and he runs so I’m going with that. He brings a lot to the table. I’ll write more about him and the training group in a future post. Long story short, I like the changes.
Last night, my body informed me that it needed a rest day by gorging on not so healthy food. So on the 7th day, I took an unscheduled break. I simply didn’t have the time to properly recover. Working retail takes a toll on the body. I felt it this morning and slept in.
I ended the week with I continue to struggle with sleep. I fall asleep but I have trouble waking up. I’ve experienced a few crazy dreams. I fell asleep and woke up fine when I spent a night at White Pines Forest State Park. I might change a few things like move my alarm clock, change my bedding, and change my preparation to sleep. Thankfully, I’m getting the rest I need. I guess that’s the benefit of my bosses not giving me the hours that I need.
I’m deep into the heart of marathon training so I decided not to do the Ultimate Reset. I would adjust it too much because of marathon training and have been defeating the purpose of the Ultimate Reset. I will return to the Ultimate Reset on October 7th, the day after the marathon. This is the only time in the calendar when my training volume decreases and gives the Ultimate Reset the time to work effectively. This is the period where I have to be careful with the calories I consume due to the drop in training volume. This is the moment in time where I need to eat healthy meals everyday to recover from 26.2 miles of pushing the redline.
Running, losing weight, and getting fit is turning into my full time job since I’m not getting the hours at work. I’m not getting paid to get fit but at least I’m enjoying it. I’ve spend about 23 hours running so far in the month of June.
I caved and decided to buy some protective eyewear for running. I need to protect my eyes from the sun’s rays and the random stuff floating in the air. I’m looking at Native, Smith Optics, and Tifosi. I’ll be trying them on over the next few days to decide what fits best for my needs.
The runs are getting longer and I need more water on hot days. I’ll be getting a few things from Camelbak for these runs. I also need to figure out what my sweat rate is on a 90 degree day. It’s the little things like these that will ensure a good season of training.
I will continue to rack up the slow and steady mileage during week three to add 60 miles. My wallet will be a bit lighter at the end of this week. Hopefully, I’ll be a little bit lighter as well.