Traveled trails: (not) training and weekend misadventures

Lava Lake trailhead and the Gallatin River

I’m just going to go ahead and say this was the most off-plan week of 25k training. Sure, there are a few weeks left, but if any of them are further off I’m not sure I should be running a 25k; therefore, this one will be the worst. Fortunately this week is already shaping up better than last.

25k trail race training: a week of not so much training and trail misadventures

Monday: Rest. I planned to play this day by ear and was still pretty sore from Saturday’s race, so rest it was. I also started feeling fatigue and vertigo Monday afternoon. As you’ve probably guessed, this didn’t bode well for the rest of the week.

Tuesday: Short bodyweight workout. Still feeling bleh (my shorthand term for the fatigue and vertigo…or pretty much any other crappy feeling that isn’t illness).

Wednesday: 3 miles, my only run of the week. I decided to see if a short easy run would make the bleh better. It did not.

Thursday: Yoga class. I was starting to feel better and thought about getting in my planned strength workout, but decided not to push it.

Friday: Rest. This was the original plan, and I stuck with it since we were anticipating an active weekend. Well.

Saturday: Headed out for a 16-mile backpacking trip. About halfway up the very rocky Forest Service road to the trailhead, the tire pressure warning light came on. We made it back to civilized roads just about the same time as the rim hit the ground. There was no question of trying the road on the spare tire – or in my tiny car – so we headed home and moped about it for a bit. And when I say moped, I mean I napped. Seriously, how does a couple hours of driving make you so tired?

Sunday: 5.5 mile hike, ~1500 feet elevation gain. We set out to do a hike a bit off the beaten path, but about halfway down the Forest Service road (see a trend?) we came across a dip in the road that my car would’ve bottomed out on. So we turned around and headed to the Lava Lake trailhead, a hike we’ve done before. About halfway up the trail we felt a few raindrops and heard distant thunder. As we kept hiking, the thunder kept getting closer, and after a particularly close boom when we were less than half a mile from the lake, we decided it was time to turn around. It rained most of the way down, but of course by the time we got back to the trailhead the weather looked like this:

Lava Lake trailhead and the Gallatin River

So I’m calling last week a wash and starting fresh with training this week. My top priority is getting in a double-digit trail run this weekend, since Saturday will be two weeks out from the race. I’d like to get back to my planned schedule, but if the bleh makes a return I’ll take it easier.


How do you regroup after a bad week of training?

What did you do this weekend?


Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday.

5 Comment

  1. You always have the most incredible adventures – and incredible views!

    When I have a bad week sometimes I write it off as a rest week at the end of the week and start afresh!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I usually call it a rest week too, I just prefer to take rest weeks intentionally!

  2. I would absolutely love to go hiking and trail running there. Looks amazing and so peaceful! We all have off training weeks- hope it’s better for you next week 🙂
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I love it here – it’s always hard to choose which trail to try next! This week has been so much better 🙂

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