The first attempt at a 50-miler. Admittedly, the first attempt at a training plan. And what I presume to be a 24-week journey of big ups and, I’m sure, gigantic downs.
Follow the leaps, face plants and lessons learned every Sunday for the SQ50 high-or-lowlight of the week.
Week 5: The ‘Not-So-Physical-But-Definitely-Mental’ Training Week
Slow going, this recovery. Two steps forward and one step back, this trajectory.
March 4 through March 10, 2018:
Recently, I read some wise words by a fellow ambassador for the Dirtbag Runners, who touched on elements of success for ultra running. The ones that stuck with me were
‘Every day, do something that makes you uncomfortable.’
I loved it.
Oddly enough, this week was one big ball of discomfort: deadlines, meetings and social engagements were numerous while hours of sleep were not.
As the week progressed, my hair became a little more frazzled while my eyes became a little more glossy. I wanted rest, and lots of it.
But those deadlines, I tell ya. Much like an ultra, they don’t care how much energy you have, do they? I was expected to make it to the finish line regardless of external factors.
About halfway through, I decided to flip the week to an exercise: training the mind to perform well while everything else ran low.
In doing so, I could make the uncomfortable a little more comfortable.
Isn’t that half the battle on race day?