Runlikely: Triumph and Despair

The first bad sign of the long run was that the pond I’d been planning on refilling my water at was dry. Last week it had been full and flowing from the snowmelt, but clearly the once-in-a-millennia heat wave had done it in. The second bad omen was that, in order to reach more water,Continue reading “Runlikely: Triumph and Despair”

Runlikely: In Which the Training Plan Falls Apart

I ran my first 41-mile week. I ran my first 21-mile day. One of my feet aches on the outer edge intermittently, particularly on trails in my trail shoes. But the good news is: it’s now a cut-back week, which means that I’m only supposed to run about 28 miles, a significant downgrade from theContinue reading “Runlikely: In Which the Training Plan Falls Apart”

Runlikely: Long Slow Hungover Distance

In the haste of packing my bag, I forgot to bring my earbud. I forgot the bandana that I use to wipe when I pee. (I am reminded why I really need to pack my running pack the night before.) As I approached the trailhead with my stomach churning, I realized I’d eaten spicy food for lunch the day before. Hungover and spicy food? Which God do I pray to for GI distress?

Runlikely: Squats are Evil

The best part about these write ups is that I can sit on the couch while working on them. The latest stats: Long run: 18 milesLong run elevation gain: 3,494 feetEffort: Easy+Time: 5:31 (average pace: 18:24/mile)Emergency poops: 0 Total miles this week: 38 (or will be when I run this afternoon)Total elevation gain this week:Continue reading “Runlikely: Squats are Evil”

Runlikely: Charged by a Deer

Miles: 16Elevation gain: 4,131 feetEffort: Moderate (I tried to keep it easy but what is easy about 4,000 feet of elevation gain?)Time: 6:50 (average pace: 25:27/mile)Emergency poops: 1 but not quite an emergency I woke up this morning to a dream I was starting a backpacking trip and was trying to stuff a bunch ofContinue reading “Runlikely: Charged by a Deer”

Runlikely: Trail Training Starts

Whoops. I know it’s been a bit. I went out of town to visit my aunt and didn’t bring my laptop, and then figured I might as well wait until my next long run. So here we are. The basic update is that, instead of running almost exclusively on roads (there’s a .5-1 mile sectionContinue reading “Runlikely: Trail Training Starts”

Runlikely: The Humbling Half Marathon

Miles: 13.1Pace: Moderate-hard, for meTime: 2:43:41Emergency poops: 1 (shoutout to the perfectly placed porta potty) The long and short of this post is: the half marathon went fine! I woke up early, managed to use the bathroom in the morning (not always a given), wasn’t feeling especially nervous, and got to do a few stretchesContinue reading “Runlikely: The Humbling Half Marathon”

Runlikely: The 50k Training Plan

I have two summers of running training to go on, which means I do not have the kind of wisdom necessary to plan my own 50k training. (And arguably won’t have the physical stamina necessary to run a 50k, but we’re gonna keep it positive around here!) What I do know is that my bodyContinue reading “Runlikely: The 50k Training Plan”

Runlikely: A 50k Training Journey

Two weeks ago, I pooped my pants during an 11-mile long run. I have come very close to bowel bombs in the past, namely while hiking a ridge on the PCT after brazenly eating extremely spicy pasta out of a hiker box the night before, but I’ve never actually failed to get to a naturalContinue reading “Runlikely: A 50k Training Journey”