A 100 Mile Week is No Joke!
As an ultra – endurance athlete I’ve been through some tough moments on the trail. One of the things that keeps me going is one word… HUSTLE!
All this means to me is grind, go, keep moving, make progress, one more step, keep going, don’t stop, endure, m.o.v.e. Through July and August, I’m heading into the back end of some of the most consistent training I think I’ve ever done and I’ve been at this game for over a decade. Read more about the 60 Days of Hustle HERE.
This is really about the how the last four days have gone in my training, and I’ll probably talk a bit more about 60 Days of Hustle too since that has been a big part of my life the last four days.
On Saturday I threw around this idea that I was going to run a 100-mile week. This idea was and is inspired by Chris Swenke who recently did back to back 100-mile weeks. It was also inspired because I’m running a virtual race across Tennessee and I’m behind the buzzards, by quite a bit. Call it a kick in the pants. Now, if you know some of the people that I know, this isn’t crazy talk. This is the world I live in. As of Tuesday evening, I’m not sure a 100-mile week is going to happen and I’m okay with that. I’ll hustle in other ways.
The race was my primary motivation to put in some miles and Chris provided a nice challenge to do that. Thanks Chris! It might need to wait until later this summer but it is now a challenge that has been felt out. It was a spur challenge and that brings us to Saturday evening.
Saturday seems like a long time ago. A lot has happened since then. Saturday afternoon I went on my first run of the day. It was actually during my first run that the question was raised whether or not I was willing to put in the effort to complete the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee. As I finished my run, I still didn’t know what I was going to do but I had a pretty good idea I would go for it!
*Check out my Strava to see my run
While I was out on my run Saturday night, I got a text about going for a bike ride on Sunday morning with a friend of mine, Eric. We logged 16+ miles before most folks were out of bed. Then it was Father’s Day activities and I hit the trail again, after all, I was after a 100-mile week! I hit the trail and got a call I needed to return to my vehicle with the keys. This run was feeling awesome but I headed back and I took it as a sign to call it a day and spend some time with my family.
When I left the trail on Sunday night, I was feeling good. Monday it didn’t take much time to warm up and I set it on cruise. As I was leaving home, I asked how many I should do and Elli said, “10”. I didn’t know what I would do but once I started running, I decided to do the big loop! Conditions were perfect and I lost track of time and space. It got hard at about 13 miles and turned into short intervals but was to the car before I knew it.
By the time I finished my run Monday I knew what I was going to do for 60 Days of Hustle. Now all I need are folks to jump on and go through it with me. While I didn’t have much time or energy Monday night, I was up Tuesday early to schedule a Facebook ad and keep things moving.
In a nutshell, you JOIN THE 60 DAYS OF HUSTLE for $8 for two months and get fed content on Facebook that will help YOU get clear on your vision, block your time into rhythm, take meaningful action, nourish your body in many ways and move every day. I don’t know about you but that’s not what’s been showing up in my feed.
Tuesday (today) I put in 3 miles, felt good, but called it a day. Kids activities are now back in pretty much full swing and big miles require big planning. I’m not there right now but like I mentioned earlier, now I know what I’m dealing with and there will be a week before the 60 Days of Hustle is through that I’ll get my hundo. Keep the pressure on your goals and join me in the 60 Days of Hustle!