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Headed to Hennepin Week 15

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I received the remainder of my training plan from my coach this week and it was crazy how close I am to race day! It didn't seem real until I realized how few weeks are left. Thankfully the Evergreen Lakes 50k was my longest training run and each week decreases in mileage and time more and more from here on out. As a friend reminded me, the work is already done and the focus right now is on rest and recovery from the 50k, and putting in the time on my feet until race day.

Headed to Hennepin Week 14 and Evergreen Lake 50k Recap

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Week 14 was a big week for me, as it marked my longest training run before the Hennepin 50. It was a week that I was both nervous but excited for as it marked a 50k being a training run distance vs a race that I was training for. While the race itself did not go as I expected, I was able to take away a lot from the run and it still is satisfying to complete the distance especially in less than ideal conditions.

Trail Tuesday 9/11

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One of my favorite things about Red Rock Canyon is that it is so diverse. From the red rocks of the calico basin trail in last week's Trail Tuesday, to the pine trees and water this week, there is a whole range of beauty to be found depending on which trail you pick.

Headed to Hennepin Week 13

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It's hard to believe in just 4 weeks at this time, the Hennepin 50 will be over. When I hit the 30 day mark last Thursday, I was both excited and nervous at the same time. But I've had to carefully tuck this away in the back of my mind and keep the focus on where I am at right now, which is finishing Week 13 and looking ahead to my last long training run during Week 14.

Trail Tuesday 9/4

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There are so many amazing trails to explore in Red Rock Canyon, but one that we wanted to make sure we returned and hiked were the Calico Basin trails. These trails run along the red rock section of the canyon, and are spectacular.

Headed to Hennepin Week 12

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What a difference a recovery week makes. Sometimes the recovery is purely physical, but this week I also felt recovered mentally from the challenges I faced in Week 11. I started the week feeling like I was ran over by a bus and down in the dumps about how my back to back long runs had gone. With a little encouragement from my coach and friends, extra rest and recovery, and some enjoyable runs, I am feeling much more like myself.

Headed to Hennepin Week 11

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Oh Week 11. Where do I begin. I knew this week would be tough, with long back to back runs, but I never expected it to be as hard as it was. I struggled a lot, both physically and mentally and feel a bit raw in the aftermath.