SQUAMISH 50: Week 5

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?

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New socks = happy feet.

 

4 thoughts on “SQUAMISH 50: Week 5

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  1. You have everything in you mentally (and physically!) as far as what it takes for this 50 miler. You are so strong! And you will get through this little bump in the road. I love the colorful socks! I need to get me some fun socks too.

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    1. You da best. Thanks for the encouragement! That’s exactly how I’m viewing it – a little bump and the chance to iron out some kinks 🙂 I’ll be back with a vengeance before we know it!

      Also – Darn Toughs are my FAVE. And make for happy feet!

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