“At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship.”
~ Benjamin Cheever, Strides

Monday, June 4, 2012

Rainier Training: One Month Remains

Quick Look Weeks of May 28-June 3:
# of Workouts:  11
# of miles ran/walked/climbed:  35
Starting Weight: 220.8
Current Weight: 167.6 (Down 1.8 lbs from previous week!)
Total Lost to date: 53.2 lbs
Chest: 39" (No change)
Hips: 44"  (No change)

Monday: Ran 3 miles; Dam Steps (32 lb pack) 46 minutes (8x up and down)
Tuesday: Ran 4 miles; Legs ST; 1.8 mile walk (19.5 lbs)
Wednesday: Unintended Rest Day
Thursday: Ran 5 miles; 1.5 mile walk (30 lbs); Dam Steps (32 lbs) 38 minutes (10x)
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Ran 6.06 miles; Ran 8.06 miles - total ran 14.12 miles
Sunday: Dam Steps (36 lbs) 2 hours (24x)
This week, car troubles interfered with my workout plans a few too many times.  (My car is fully repaired and my credit card bill is higher now).

After this past week, I am officially in pre-relay taper.  Although, I will be "tapering" my long runs, I will not be backing off on my workouts as I normally do before a race.  I am one month away from my climb and since I am not "racing" this relay for time, the mountain training has to remain in the schedule.  Our start time for the race (3 pm) was announced today.

I definitely did a minimum of 3 Rainier focused workouts this week.  I am upping that number in the following weeks in a final push to not fail on this climb.  :)

I had a running personal distance record on Saturday of over 14 miles, even if I did split it into two runs.

I also did a personal best as to time spent walking up and down stairs: 2 hours.  LOL.  I did take a 12 minute break after the first hour before starting the second hour.  I know, I'm a pansy.  If it helps, I was carrying 36 lbs in my pack, and will add 5 lbs to the pack this week.

On Sunday, we also sucked it up and ordered all the clothing part of the equipment we will need for the climb.  I was hoping to be closer to my weight goals before I had to do this, but time has run out.  (I had to allow time for shipping, etc.)

In random Avery news, Avery actually sat in the front part of a grocery cart successfully in TWO different stores today - that's a first.
Why is her cart so much cooler?

How did your training week go??

Anyone in Columbus that wants to run one of our relay legs with us as a companion runner, please let me know.  We are especially looking for companions on the trails for each leg that will be in the dark.

Am I the only one that gets nervous trail running in the dark?


  1. Woohoo for another 1.8 pounds! That's awesome!! I am getting nervous in general for RAC. Not just the dark runs! I gulped when I saw I have a 1:34AM start!

  2. I love that shopping cart pic! It's so nice when they can finally sit in there. :)
    Great recap- I'm impressed with your 14 miler, and all your steps, whew!
    And yes, definitely don't like running after dark, even in well lit, well populated areas.

  3. You will NOT fail the climb! You're primed. I can't believe it's only a month away.

  4. Congrats on the weight loss, you are doing great. And it sounds like you are SO prepared for both RAC and the climb, I can't wait to hear about both!!

  5. I get nervous ALL the time....I just tend to push through it ;) lol

    You are going to ROCK IT MANDY! your training has been consistent and amazing. Your weight loss is INSPIRATIONAL!!!

    can't wait to see how it goes.

    PS: I love Avery xo


Comments pretty much make my day - so thank you for yours!