R2R2R: Week 7

 Thanks to Generation UCAN for supporting me in my R2R2R journey!

Thanks to Generation UCAN for supporting me in my R2R2R journey!

Well, big news to start the week 7 R2R2R blog….I have decided to move up my journey and will be heading off to the Grand Canyon the week of October 29. Gulp! Family scheduling challenges mostly factored into this date change but not to worry, I’m ready to go today if I had to! So, the countdown is now about 1 - 1.5 weeks!!!!

I experimented (again) this week with my running mileage and instead of doing one longer run, I did four moderate distance runs. All of this has been quite the experiment and while I love being out on the trails for a long time, sometimes, life happens and forces your hand with scheduling. It actually turned out well this week as most of the normal aches and pains I normally have were significantly reduced. That’s a huge success! Here’s a look at my training this week…

 Through the woods. Gorgeous colors!

Through the woods. Gorgeous colors!

 A bit of a balancing act trying to cross the trail via this log!

A bit of a balancing act trying to cross the trail via this log!

  • Monday, 10 mile run and 100 pushups

  • Tuesday, 12 mile run and 120 pushups

  • Wednesday, 45 minutes of Powercranks, 1 hour of indoor cycling and 100 pushups

  • Thursday, 10 mile trail run and a 31 minute outdoor bike ride (I “rode” an errand)

  • Friday, 7.8 mile hike with my wife (SO enjoyable to hike!)

  • Saturday, 10 mile run and 25 pushups…actually started to feel a bit under the weather

  • Sunday, 45 minutes of Powercranks, napping (yep, I am getting a bit sick)

Total running miles came in at 42.1, hiking at 7.8 and total TSS was 526. Total elevation gain was 4469 feet (about 800 feet more than last week). Running and TSS totals were fairly similar to last week but as I mentioned earlier, the biggest take away this week was doing more frequent, mid-distance runs which really helped with my adaptation and recovery.

Continuing my normal recovery, I used iKOR CBD oil, Trigger Point Grid myofascial release, Halo Neuropriming sessions and of course, a few weekend naps! I always seem to forget to mention, because it is just habit now, that I have also been taking Beet Elite powder daily since I started this training journey.

 Up in the hills! I was enjoying a hike as the lower part of this trail was too steep and rocky to run.

Up in the hills! I was enjoying a hike as the lower part of this trail was too steep and rocky to run.

I did use Generation UCAN energy bars quite often this week in my moderate distance runs. I don’t normally need calories for this short amount of time/miles but I wanted to get used to eating them so I would had 1-2 bars per 10-12 mile run. Remember, I will be fueling my R2R2R solely on Generation UCAN products and water!

I also started running with my 2 liter water pack that I will be carrying along with 2 bottles in my pack to get used to the weight. I’m just about ready in terms of my equipment!

 No photo-shopping needed here…this is why I live where I live and run on trails!

No photo-shopping needed here…this is why I live where I live and run on trails!

My favorite recovery drink this week has been water mixed with 15 grams of Modus Nutrition plant based protein powder, 1 TBSP of tart cherry juice concentrate and 1 scoop of Generation UCAN Watermelon Hydrate. I know it sounds a bit off but it is good and great for recovery!

My goals are pretty short and sweet this week as the last true week of training before I head down to the Grand Canyon - get healthy! I will be really watching my sleep and hydration and will try to knock this small illness by week’s end. I’m not stressing because my training has been going so well and I have banked solid, quality miles the last 7 weeks so confidence is high!

Until next Sunday!

Bob