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One Hundred Miles-A Starting Point

One hundred miles. It’s a lot of miles. When I get in the car to drive that far, I have to pump myself up a little bit! Riding a bike 100 miles, that’s long too. But having done that on many occasions at this point, it doesn’t intimidate me anymore. Running 100 miles? That’s a different story. That is a serious amount of time on your feet and to be honest, it scares me. More than a little. So, why not try it?

If you were to ask my family if I am adventurous person, you would probably get mixed feelings. Yes, I like to see cool things and go incredible places. BUT I also like when it is calculated and safe. I have some pretty serious anxiety when it comes to heights and falling. Interestingly, I am much better about these (and far braver) when I am alone. Maybe I feel like it is just myself that I am putting in danger and I am okay with that. The major struggle comes when Ken or Brooke are with me. If they are close to the edge, I cannot even watch. Panic mode engaged. My heart just cant deal.

Driving on narrow mountain roads with steep drops off the edge: not for me. Being in the backcountry solo with the (mountain) lions and tigers (okay, maybe not here) and bears (definitely here!): oh my! Even riding my bike (mountain, gravel or road) in areas with a lot of exposure: no thanks. Am I a wuss? Yeah, maybe so. BUT I do like to see what my body can handle. I do like to see how far I can push myself. And I do like the challenge of training to get there. So, enter in a new challenge. An unknown. A “maybe and hopefully” possible goal. Something to encourage me to train through the winter. Something to make me excited to strive for. Something big.

Training is not something new to me. Having run multiple marathons, a fifty mile trail race and a couple of longer gravel racing events, I understand all of the basics. Lots of miles, lots of time, lots of recovery. But this goal has some new challenges. More time, more recovery and trying to balance a serious amount of fatigue with the rest of life! Never have I ever done so many double digit runs back to back. And really, I am just getting started with training. It is definitely going to be something I have to get used to-and figure out how to make work. Also, figuring out how to eat. Never have I been so hungry?!

When I trained for my 50 mile trail race (Run Rabbit Run) in 2019, I spent the early part of the summer training and racing on my bike. There was maybe a run or two thrown in each week, but I didn’t really start with my feet on the ground until about 8 weeks before the event. Some people thought I was a little nutty, but it felt right and I had a great race. I kind of have a feeling that it might not work the same with 100 miles. While I am a HUGE proponent for cross training and will absolutely utilize many non-running forms of cardio to get ready for running 100 miles, I do think that there will be far more running miles in my future this time around. And maybe even some stretching. Maybe. (IYKYK)

Enter my outside help: Running Your First Ultra by Krissy Moehl.

I used this book as a baseline when I did my 50 mile race. She has awesome weekly training plans in there with workouts and recovery laid out. It helps to take out a lot of the guess work. I have jumped into her workouts and am able to alter them as needed to make me feel comfortable with the training. While I thought about seeking out a coach for this endeavor, I have decided against it for now. I really think I would be terrible to coach-ha! While I am good at following a plan, I like flexibility. I feel like I know my body pretty well and what it can handle. I like to be able to switch out some running miles with some skate ski miles-or skinning miles or trainer miles. So for now, it is me and the book.

Over the course of training, I am planning to keep track of things here. The good, the bad and the ugly 😉 One of the reasons is to share it (because I have stalked so many blogs trying to get tips and hints for this process), but the main reason is to be able to look back (fingers crossed) after the fact and have something tangible about the process. See what worked and maybe what didn’t. Accept that not every workout went to plan, but hopefully enough of them did to make it successful. And to use it as therapy-because the mental component is huge for this!

So here we go! Cheers to making big plans. Not being afraid to fail. And to learning something about yourself along the way. (And to hopefully still love running at the end 😉 ). Follow along for fun adventures, poorly taken training pictures and bad advice only! Kidding, I hope!


Last Week’s Workouts:
M: 5 miles steady, treadmill
T: 6 miles total, hills. Pyramid workout: 1,2,3,4,3,2,1 minutes with equal recoveries
W: 4 miles easy, treadmill
H: Race! 6k Turkey trot (second place female-on icy roads) plus 1 mile warm up, 2 mile skate ski with Brooke
F: 7 miles skate ski
S: 12 miles, treadmill. 7 miles skate ski with Ken
S: 10 miles, treadmill

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Hi there and happy weekend! I hope that you are having a great start to November. We have gotten a pretty good amount of snow in the last couple of weeks making it feel far more like winter than fall.

Over that last couple of weeks, we have been doing all the normal things: work, homeschool, play dates, working out…the good stuff. Halloween snuck in there and we were delighted to head to a lovely pot luck and trick or treating with some friends! Brooke has been loving all of her time spend with new friends!

On the workout side of things, I have upped my running game substantially. Part of that has to do with the fact that you cant really ride bikes outside anymore 😉 And part of that has to do with some goals that I have for next year. (More below) We have not really completed our “home gym” in the garage yet, so all of my miles have been outside. While I am not one to escape often to the treadmill, there were definitely a couple of runs in the last week that I could have used it. Better get on figuring that out 😉

Last Saturday, I did a 10 mile run and while there were a few areas of ice, the roads were mostly just wet.

And then it really snowed! Haha. Let me tell you how fun it was to do a hill workout on this. Thankful for spikes, but was still slipping around in places. It was also cold. And shaded. Woof. But, 9 miles later and I was very happy that I had finished the workout!

Brooke is doing the Nordic Team/Lessons this year and I am really hoping she can then teach me how to skate ski properly. Yesterday, I swapped out a 5 mile easy run for 50 minutes of skate ski time. It was pretty soft and I could definitely use some pointers. Maybe I can swap my road hill workouts for skiing uphill?

Okay, so why the increase in miles?

In 2019 I ran my one and only 50 mile race (and fell in love with it), I have wanted to do a 100 mile run race ever since. Then all things Covid, injury and life kind of got in the way. BUT my desire to complete one of these ultra events did not go away. Fast-forward to the end of 2022 and the itch has gotten so crazy that I have started the beginning stages of training!

There is an event in Oregon in August of 2023 and I am planning to sign up for it when it opens. (Excitement and terror all in one!). It looks gorgeous and I have read that it is a pretty good “first 100”. More details on that when I bite the bullet and actually sign up. But for now, I have started running. I definitely need to get back to some weight lifting because just running a bunch of miles isn’t going to cut it at (almost) 40 years old 😉

More to come on the plan I am working off of (and adapting) and what training will look like, but for now…snow running it is! And some treadmill time coming my way. Now that it is in writing, it feels a lot more real!

Cheers to big dreams-however crazy they make us feel!

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Girl’s Trip and Fall Pics

The last few weeks of “Fall” felt a lot like summer-which was amazing! There was a solid amount of time spent on trails-both riding and running. That has quickly been replaced by strictly running-on snow. Ha. Things changed quickly this year.

Brooke has been taking skating lessons for about a month and a half and it has been so fun watching her improve. I spend her lessons sitting on the bleachers grading assignments or preparing for lectures (and really trying not to freeze). The first few weeks, we headed to the boat for wake surfing after her lessons. This past week, it was warming inside the rink and snowing outside!

Before the snow, we soaked in every last moment of the blue sky and warm temps!

One of my favorite places to run is the Huckleberry Trail that goes out and around the point at Ponderosa State Park. The views are spectacular and the trail is nice and flowy with a couple of technical sections. It is about a 7 mile run depending where you start and stop. Just enough (with some good climbing) to make your legs feel a little like Jello by the end.

In addition to workouts, Brooke’s social calendar and you know, actual work, I have been working on our master bedroom. Someday I will post some after pictures…but this was during the painting process. We definitely slept in the middle of all of that mess. Kind of like camping? Anyone need a very ornate fan?

Last week, Brooke and I had a girl’s trip to Boise (well, mainly Meridian). Brooke has very little experience with “malls” and big stores other than Costco, so she wanted to experience them. By the end of the day, she was exhausted and happy to take a break from shopping for awhile. But, in all fairness, it was a blast. She picked out some fun clothes and looked far too grown up doing it.

Another fun outing involved taking fall pictures. Last year was nuts and we didn’t make it, so I was very happy to bring back the tradition. We headed to Ponderosa and snapped away.

It feels really funny to finally be feeling some decent fitness…as we roll into winter! Ken assures me that it will be helpful for all the Nordic skiing he has planned for us 😉 Brooke is signed up for the Nordic ski club lessons and will also do Downhill. I guess that will leave some time for us to get you there, too! For now, it will be some muddy season running and the ski machine and rowing machine in the garage.

Workouts this week have included a 5 mile snowy trail run, 4 mile road run (that was hard and fast, uphill and downhill) and another 4 miles on the snowy trails. Ken has done all of them with me….guess he is a runner again 😉

Tire season is also in the beginning stages as we try to start that business up here. Going to take a little bit to get the word spread, but hopefully we get busy here soon.

Have a wonderful weekend! We are supposed to see 50 degrees and I am not mad about it!

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