The Unexpected Vertical Week

Here I go with another run post. This is all I’ve been thinking about lately 🤷🏽‍♀️

With the plan I had cooked up in my head for GDR, last week was supposed to be a low mileage, recovery week. Technically the mileage was lower than the previous, but boy did I hit it hard on the climbing! And yeah, that was a blast! Running in snow has been a constant lately, and I am using muscles that have been dormant 😂

I ran at Brandywine creek during the week, and did a solid treadmill workout that felt strong. The highlight really was Saturday’s adventure at Tammany. I went into it with no plan or expectations. I’ve had a hamstring / glute issue on one side that tends to get aggravated sometimes. Decided to take it one loop at a time. Felt really strong on loop one, which I expected. During that loop I decided to use the day to experiment with race day nutrition. I had enough gels, water, electrolytes and food with me in the car. Between each loop, I made sure to hydrate a ton, eat, take salt tabs, pee, change buff or jacket if need be. Basically setting myself up to tackle the next one without any “I wish I had” thoughts. Loop 2 felt good. Loop 3, 4, and 5 felt good too! Helene convinced me to do another loop and I did. Basically finished strong, with enough left in the tank to go on if I had to. 20 miles with more than 7K + feet of climbing for the run, and a whopping 14K for the recovery week 😂

So basically food allowed me to be in the moment. Nourished my brain, and kept me happy! Now I just need make sure I apply this on race day 🤪

Happy trails !

Some pictures from this weeks run adventures.

At Tammany lookout with Helen
Testing out the Brandywine trail near Harmony Hills
Slush fest on my week day run

Stay warm in Winter: Hike up a Mountain

We’ve had a pretty solid winter this season here in Southeast PA…well atleast over the past few weeks.

Snow  Day 1
Snow Day 1
Snow  Day  10
Snow day 10 😂

On Jan 28th I was contemplating on what races to sign up for in 2021 and was itching for a challenge. In person races are making a comeback, but depending on what you’re looking for options are still low. I started to think back on adventures I had attempted that tested my guts and grit, and Georgia Death Race (GDR) really stood out. Quickly I looked up if registration was still open for the 2021 edition, and yes it was! So there I was click click, pay, click, confirm, click. And just like that I am in. OH SHIT. I told myself I have 2 months, and if I can put in a solid 6 week training block, taper for 2 maybe I have a shot. Don’t know till you try right?

After I signed up, winter decided to show up in full force of course 🙂 My friend Helene (who is also training for GDR) and I decided to go for mountain repeats at Mt Tammany. This loop is a pretty gnarly one – basically very technical and steep. With snow the “technicality” is sort of smoothed down. The climb was packed, which made it better, but the descent down the blue trail was soft and fluffy with 2 feet of snow in places that you had to wade through. It was a WORKOUT. Spent about 5 hours with more than 5K feet of climbing and called it a day. Definitely the most memorable trip I’ve had up on Mt. Tammany.

Going down the Blue trail

Keep on moving and put in the work. Don’t worry about pace. This will all hopefully help on race day… well ..some race 🙂

Happy Trails ya’ll!

6 more weeks to race day!

Top of Mt. Tammany