It’s great to have a brand new car, but it’s useless without gas in the tank.

Day 1 (Monday, Feb. 6, 2017): Rest Day

After a slight misstep with the previous week’s Sunday workout, today was a “recollect myself” kind of rest day.

Day 2: Intervals [5 min WU, 4x(6 min @TH + 2 Min Recovery Jog), 5 min CD] & Shoulders + Triceps

I ran on an indoor track on this day — I get access to an athletic club on Tuesdays because I’m a volleyball sub (yes I’m totally taking advantage of the free access, even when I don’t play). I finished this hard run at a 10:25 pace with 4.03 miles. Finished it off with some free weight exercises to get me some boulder shoulders.

Day 3: Easy Run (3 miles)

I ran a 10:36 pace and then in the middle of it, I added a half mile 10 degree incline, because I was getting bored on the treadmill. Treadmill’s are the worst, but it’s necessary up here in the frozen tundras of Wisconsin.

Day 4: Rest Day

Day 5: Intervals [5 min WU, 5x(2 min @TH + 1 Min Recovery Jog), 5 min CD]

Second set of intervals this week! Fortunately, it was a very short run. I ran around my neighborhood which is a very hilly area. It also didn’t help that it was ridonkulously windy. I ran 2.44 miles with an average 10:23 pace. The big takeaway for me is that I need to practice running on more hilly areas, especially considering that Blue Mountain — where OCRWC 2017 will be held — is going to have a lot of climbing on the course.

Day 6: 30 Minute Bike

Day 7: Long Run (6 miles) & Adventure Rock Climbing

I went on a fun run in Milwaukee with Lisa and Jay for the 6 miles and finished with a 10:35 pace which is much faster than my usual long run pace. At Adventure Rock, we ran into a bunch of OCR friends including some elite racers, but things took a turn when one of the elite racers fell and injured herself. I always cringe and get woozy when I see injuries, so after seeing that AND the lack of food in my stomach, I ended up fainting…TWICE!

The last time I fainted was when I was giving blood and I had to fast beforehand. It was obviously caused by the lack of fuel that my body needed, especially after a 6 mile run! I was running on fumes and it caught up to me. Lesson of the week is to properly fuel yourself for the activities that you’re partaking in.