Training Day: 15
Miles: None/rest day
Commentary: Other than walking to the vault toilet to pee and the river to get water, I didn’t do anything physical on Saturday. We all woke up, ate breakfast, and commenced playing card and board games. Sure, Saturdays are supposed to be long run days, but after my craptastic week, I gave myself permission to fuck off.
At first, I was a little worried about skipping my long run. Luckily, it’s early in training, and my scheduled run was only five miles. I know I can run five miles. And I spent even more time on my feet Friday that I would have running, so I called it good. However, I’m a wee concerned about future weekends and long runs.
Since I have a three-day weekend every weekend, I have the opportunity to go on some decent weekend warrior adventures. I love backpacking, and I want to do as much backpacking as possible once the weather supports. But how do I balance the outdoor activities and my run training? Like do I hike 12 miles on my Friday “rest” day, setup camp, do my long run on Saturday, and then hike 12 miles home on Sunday?
I don’t know.
Sometimes I think I should move my long run day. But what day would I move it to? It’s not like I can fit in a 16-mile run on a workday. I work ten hours and spend nearly two hours commuting each day. I barely have time to feed myself and do my shorter training runs on workdays. I must do my long runs on the weekend.
Do I move them to Sunday? Then I could do low hiking miles on the way out of the backcountry and run afterwards. Let’s be honest though, the run would never happen. If I move it to Friday, then I do a long run before heading into the backcountry. That doesn’t sound fun. It’s a conundrum, really.
It’s times like this that I wonder if running 100 miles is really something I want to work towards. Sure, it’s a great goal, and I’m 99% sure it’s one I can accomplish. But now I wonder if it will cost me the other things I love to do.
Endlessly seeking adventure.