Monday, August 27, 2012

Law Of Relevance

This is the Universe's Law of Relevance:
"No matter how scared, or tired, or ill you are; no matter how lost, or confused, or desperate you become; no matter how lonely, depressed, or cranky you feel... if you just do what you can, with what you have, from right where you are, IT WILL ALWAYS BE ENOUGH." 
God, I hope so.

After last weekend's marathon and how easy it was...and how good the 12 miler was the day after...I was feeling really good about my prospects for Javelina Jundred. This weekend...slightly less so.

Don't get me wrong, it was a good, solid weekend of training. Just not as effortless as last weekend was.

I guess that's to be expected, right? If only Wonder Woman had amazing recovery powers like Wolverine! ;)

When I first looked at my plan and saw the 22/20 back-to-back long runs, I was nervous. It's less than I've done at a 12 hour but not the same. At the 12 HRs, I did a lot of walking and this would be all running. And not rested. Which is the whole point, I guess.

So Saturday, I was supposed to do 22 miles and I decided to head to Bonelli to get some fun hill time in. Well, guess who forgot to eat before her run? Good thing I had PB&J crackers and a few Honey Stinger waffles with me. Just in case. And boy did they save my hide. I felt really good when I started and attacked the hills the best I could. But then around mile 14, my energy crashed. Big time. I was shaky and I needed food. I'd eaten about 6 of the PB&J crackers which is about 200 calories but I obviously needed more. So I stopped for like 5 minutes and sat down and ate 2 waffles. And then walked for about a half a mile and finally I felt like I could run again. It got a little better but it was still a slog fest. I made the mistake of going by my car at mile 21 and I decided to call it. I felt guilty but not too much. As soon as I stopped, my calf started cramping (and would the rest of the day). I obviously really got nutrition wrong on this one. Argh.

Since I only did 21 on Saturday, I had to do 21 on Sunday as well. Up until I'd gone to bed on Saturday, I was thinking the Sunday 21 might not happen. But I got up, got dressed...ate...and then headed out. And what do ya know? I felt pretty good. Woo! This time I had a bottle of GuBrew with me and a couple of small Luna bars in my skirt pockets. Just in case. I bonked again but not as bad as Saturday's. And it didn't happen until around mile 18.5. I ate one of the Luna bars and it seemed to help. Sunday's 21 was quicker. Yay!

The only casualties from the runs was a blister on my big toe on Sunday and a sore ankle and shin. I could tell I was tired on Saturday when I started kicking my ankle. That's the only time it happens. And it's always the right ankle I kick. I wonder why that is? But other than that, I was good to go.

So, I am pretty happy with how the runs went and how well my legs did. I really need to get the nutrition dialed in though. 100 miles is a LONG way to go on a few hundred calories! But really, considering I ran a marathon last weekend and capped off a high mileage week with back-to-back 21 milers, I can't be too upset. Okay, I changed my mind. I'm still feeling good about my prospects for JJ100. :)

Here's my stats for last week:
83.4 miles running (7 runs including the Leading Ladies Marathon)
72 miles riding (4 bike commutes)

Oh, and I lost 6 lbs last week! I'm not sure how that happened. I apparently didn't do as good a job refueling as I thought. I wouldn't mind losing a few more but not in big chunks like that! That's too many missed burritos and pancakes and that's just...tragic. ;)

Anyway...I feel like I'm complying with the Law of Relevance. I AM doing all that I can with what I have and from where I am. I have to believe it will be ENOUGH to make my goals/dreams happen.

It has to be.


  1. Awesome week of training Lisa! I envy your ability to put in the high mileage, you are looking strong JJ100 will be all yours for sure!

    1. Thanks! I think it just takes patience. It's taken me a long time to get here. And I'm lucky in that I haven't running related injuries. That helps a lot.

  2. Love the quote. Way to go on those awful training runs. I looked a 50k and 50miler schedule this week and was nervous about the idea. But you are doing it!

    1. It looks scary at the beginning but once you build up to it, it's fine! You'll do great!

  3. So glad it turned out better than you originally thought the weekend of training would AND that you are once again thinking positive about JJ100. You are doing an incredible job with your training, Lisa, and you continue to inspire us!