My flight to Washington for my climb is 3 weeks from yesterday. My check-in with my climb team is 3 weeks from today. OMG. I think my heart just skipped a few beats.
A few weeks back, I started having pain in my feet the day after my long hikes.
It's funny how much your perspective changes when you are near the peak of your training for a big event. When you back off so much - you freak out about losing all your cardio fitness. You complain about how little you are exercising. Or is this just me??? Then, your husband (and your trainer) point out that you ARE actually still working out and that normal people don't run 3 miles for an easy day. It's all about perspective.
This morning - I continued to freak out to Brandon. Telling him how I was certain I was losing cardio fitness and this stupid mountain was going to kill all my hopes and dreams while also kicking a few puppies for good measure. Okay, that's silly, mountains don't kick puppies, but you get the idea. He reassured me that he wasn't worried about me or the climb, and we went through a checklist. I'm probably just being paranoid, but that doesn't mean the mountain isn't actually out to get me.
So - what have I been doing since my last update through July 7th?
Week of July 8-July 14th
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 1 hour strength training, Ran 3 miles (w/walk breaks making it a total of 4), hiked 1 hour (thunder ended the hike, but at least I had company)
|Is it just me or does it look like Avery is flashing gang signs?|
Thursday: 1 hour strength training, ran 6 miles easy, 30 mins Dam steps (40 lbs)(11x up and down)
|What is so tough about this Mommy?|
Saturday: Dash for Donation 5K, Ran addition 3.5 miles easy
Sunday: Machete Hike
|At least she keeps me smiling when I'm beaten down!|
Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: 1 hour strength training, omitted all other workouts to allow feet recovery
Wednesday: Dam Intervals - 4 miles total. 10x the Dam
|The sunrise was awesome enough to stop.|
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: Ran 10 miles with the 9:45 min pace group
|Photo Courtesy of Fleet Feet Columbus Facebook page|
|I'm sadly becoming immune to the pretty scenery at High Banks|
Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: Ran 5 miles easy. Hiked 1 hour (40 lbs pack) rain interfered again
|Rainy High 5!|
Thursday: Rest/leisure swimming
Friday: Ran 3 miles easy/leisure swimming
Saturday: Ran 8 miles/leisure swimming
|And watermelon, don't forget the watermelon|
I am now ready to make the final big push before the mountain equivalent of tapering. I am so OVER this stupid mountain. I decided NOT to pace the 10 mile race this Sunday so that I could get in my extra long hike in that day instead. I may brave Tar Hollow State Park again, anyone have a machete I can borrow?
|I fell asleep a few lists ago. Move it along Mommy.|
Bullets of things to improve from last year's Humble Pie Post
The big hole is the weight loss. My trainer has told me to not stress about it, that the kind of training I'm doing isn't weight-loss promoting. The amount of it makes it harder to make diet changes. While I mostly agree with him, it's hard not to be frustrated. Nonetheless, for my birthday, my dad ordered me a new soft shell pants layer TWO SIZES smaller than the ones I wore last year.
I was recently asked if I felt I was ready for the climb now that it is less than a month away. Honestly? No. I need to work on the mental confidence aspect. I am just flat not confident about climbing mountains. A good friend told me today to think about it like the end of the race and to "trust my training." I'm finding that incredibly hard to do after failing the first time, and without having a proven schedule to follow.
I promise never to sum up three weeks of training in one post EVER again.