50K Training, Snakes & I Won a Giveaway!


50K Training Links

I'm training for a 50K, which takes place in less than 5 weeks. Here are some sites that have been helpful for making up my own training plan.  Thanks to Running on E for the idea of posting info about my training plan!

50K Training Plan Based on Your Race Date
UltraLadies 50K Plan
Running Competitor: Training for Your First 50K

Running in Texas and Snakes

I nearly stepped on a venomous copperhead snake when I was running last week and the next day, I saw a dead baby copperhead. (Thanks to Turkey Runner for letting me know that the babies can be more venomous!) After that, my husband told me about the four common Texas venomous snakes so I'll be better at identifying them. (Here's a video of my husband holding a snake we found at one of our previous homes.) 

Just learning a little bit about snakes makes me feel better about venturing into the woods for a run. Thanks for sharing about the animals you see on your runs in the comments in my last post! It was fun to read about what you see. 

Summary of This Week's 50K Training

3/31- 1 hour walk with my husband and our dog
4/1Core Circuit Video (Runner Dude),10 mile run (worked on speed today), 1 hour walk 
4/2- bike 1 hour
4/322 mile run with 11 trail miles 
4/417 Free Weight Exercises for Toned Arms (Skinny Mom)10 mile run with hills
4/5- Abs Video (C Tolle Run)5 mile run with sprintsbike 30 minutes, 25 minute walk 
4/6- Arms workout w/weights and 8 mile run, followed by one of the many Cascadian Farm granola bars I won from Happy Being Healthy. Thanks, Melanie! (CF sent me a personal note with the granola bars and some other fun goodies. I especially like the peanut butter chocolate chip bars.)

Totals
Run- 55 miles
Bike- 1 hour and 30 minutes
Strength Train/Core- 4 sessions
Nature- 2 copperhead snakes (1 dead), 2 deer, 2 bald eagles (two of each, it's like Noah's Ark!)

My apologies to all of you who were scared by the snake photo in my last post! 

Comments

  1. Luckily we only have one kind of venomous snake here and they just want to be left alone, although I do see them quite often. Looks like a great week of training! I am going to check out that arm exercises link, always looking for new ideas, thanks!

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  2. Wow, good to know. I know nothing about snakes but I did jump over one ( a little one) on one of my trail runs last summer!

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  3. Until I get a close call to being bitten by a snake, I am not afraid of them! Rodents, however, are another story. Funny that people were afraid of your picture!

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  4. Amazing workouts. You have to be feeling pretty confident at this point.
    I remember the snakes in Texas. We had a creek in our backyard so they really enjoyed where we lived. Our common viewing was water mocs. I love Texas but I don't like the "wildlife".

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    1. How nice to have had a creek in your backyard! There are lakes and creeks where I run so I'm keeping my eye out for water moccasins (aka cotton mouths). I didn't know you used to live in Texas. Small world!

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  5. Nice job this week!!! You are gonna rock that ultra!

    You are definitely brave for venturing out on that trail the day after seeing the snake.

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  6. Great week and congrats on the win :)

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  7. You are really putting in the miles - way to go!!! You are going to rock that 50K!!!
    You know I spent years of my life in west Texas and I've killed a couple of rattle snakes - we always just chop off their heads with a hoe. Not a solution for running since you don't want to run with a hoe!

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    1. You're tough! My stomach and nerves couldn't handle that!

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  8. I do not like snakes! I am terrified of them..if I saw one on a run I think I would speed up and run away super fast..while screaming of course :)

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    1. That's the first thing I did! But then I remembered that my husband would want to see a photo of it so back I went.

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  9. Your training is going well and I'm sure your 50k will be great. I find knowledge of the animals, plants and nature in general make my trail running much more rewarding.

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  10. Awesome training week! We have a lot of rattle snakes on a trail I like to run near my house. I hope I don't run into one!

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  11. I didn't mention animals I see last time. The ones in fences - horses, cows, sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas. Well not all the time but some of the time. Wild - deer, once in awhile, moose, snapping turtles, mink, beavers. To be honest I see some of these more on my bike than running. I do see those nasty things you saw but not mentioning them.

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  12. Thanks so much for posting the training links!! They are a huge help! Snakes have me so freaked out. I spent all my time trail running the other day on the look out for them!

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    1. Sure! I've got snakes on my mind, too. This morning, I had a short scare when I was in the back yard and saw something long and dark in the grass that turned out to be a shovel that had fallen down!

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  13. We gotta look out for snakes here in AZ as well--especially out in the trials--eek!

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  14. 55miles for this week, awesome!! You are ready for this race!!

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  15. Your mileage just amazes me! You are a good source of inspiration, especially come marathon time again. I think your 50k is going to go GREAT this time! It sounds like you are on a steady and solid buildup leading up to it. So excited!!!

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  16. Be careful of those snakes! They're so hard to see in the dead leaves. How are you liking the amount of mileage your running? Is it new territory for you, or have you been here before?

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    1. I've run 55 miles a week before because of the marathons I've run (15 so far) and I'm having a great time. The weather is so nice now! Thought I saw a snake yesterday in the woods, but it turned out to be rocks. Phew!

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  17. So jealous! Those bars look great, very cool!

    You had another great week in the books, luckily I missed the snake picture, but kinda glad as i just pretend they dont exist. I am sure I have almost trodden on hundreds in my life hah!

    Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  18. Nice variety in your training! I'm glad you are able to notice the bald eagles and deer along the way (and even take time to stop and look at the eagle), and I'm glad you noticed the snake! No poisonous snakes where we live in Western Washington, or very, very few– we do get some rattlesnakes on the other side of the Cascades. My youngest son was once the one to discover one under a rock, no harm done.

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    1. I spotted a rattle snake on a California hike we were on. It didn't bother us. I'm glad I've seen one before - makes the thought of seeing another one seem not quite so bad!

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  19. I'm so so happy you won the giveaway! I absolutely love those granola bars! You are such an amazing runner and inspiration to me. Thank you!

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    1. I'm glad that I won, too! It's nice having the bars in the pantry in case I need to grab a quick snack. Thank you!

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  20. It's really fun to see how "brave" one becomes after getting used to running in the woods! I'm not as fearful of snakes now and actually find them fascinating now! (well, not so much the poisonous ones!)

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