A special month that brought memories alive

I was very fortunate to kick off February in the Japanese Alps on a ski vacation with my family as a graduation gift for our son. After years of nordic skiing, Carter picked up downhill skiing and it soon became a new passion, which made my husband (who loves skiing almost as much as espresso) quite happy. I was in an awesome groove before we left as I was just starting to gain some momentum with my training. This made it a bit hard to get out of the training zone and into holiday mode, but I was excited to spend time with my boys, celebrate Carter’s early graduation and experience such a beautiful country.

While we did manage two short road runs while we were away, we soaked up a week of skiing and spent the second week in Kyoto walking 10-18 km per day sightseeing. I used the time on my feet as a base to start road running when I got home and because all the walking made me so tired, I figured that was enough to make it legit “training” 😉

Anyone following my Transalpine Run training plan this year knows that I recommended road running sessions as all eight of the Transalpine Run stages start and finish on the road, both running in and out of quaint villages every day. Just over a week after we got home from Japan, I spent some time skiing with my Dad who decided, after a 20 year hiatus, that he wanted to get back on the snow. We skied at Big White, our local resort in Kelowna, British Columbia, and at Revelstoke Mountain Resort where my brother lives. Big White is where my parents taught my brother and I to ski and where we spent most of our weekends as a family. +

I felt a little emotional as the last time I skied with my Dad I was 12 years old and now 30 years later, I was taking him. My dad soared down the slopes just like he did 30 years ago and it left me deeply inspired. What impressed me most wasn’t his slick carving skills but rather how he had a determined yet, laid back and fun approach to it. It wasn’t running that brought my highlights this month. It was skiing in Japan with our son who is soon moving onto university and returning to the place where skiing all began for me that made meaningful and fun family memories.

February Training

Considering I had two full weeks off from running this month, I am happy with my overall stats. I started my vertical training and I got three good sessions in. I built into a 7.5 hour running week and averaged 12 hours of training per week. More importantly, I barely missed my targets, I am injury free and feeling good! Not to mention my Transalpine Run partner and I saw 2 moose on one of our training runs. How Canadian! There are four months of training left before Salomon 4 Trails , I am feeling ready to tackle my March training goals!

Monthly Training Summary: February

  • Total Run Hours: 20 hours (down 1hr 45min)
  • Total Kilometers: 130 km (down 30km)
  • Total Run Ascent: 5700m (up 1000m)
  • Longest Run: 3:45 hrs / 30 km (up 45min and 9 km)
  • Largest Running Week: 7.5 hours / 56 km (up 1 hour + 12 km)
  • Total Training Volume (all activity): 36 hours (down 20 hours)

March Targets & Goals

  • Downhill skiing, nordic skiing, trail running and biking on a one week spring break vacation.
  • 4 days of running per week + cross-training.
  • Increase my weekly run volume to 9 -10 hours.
  • Hit 180-200 km total of running.
  • Work with my trainer 1x per week + do my baseline exercises 3x’s per week.
  • Yoga 1-2x’s per week.

Will I hit my targets? Check in next month to follow along and find out!

by Rene Unser

Focus on being balanced - success is balance

It’s really easy to get so focused and invested into training for committed events like Salomon 4 Trails and the Transalpine Run, however it’s really  important to make time for other aspects of life.

Not only will making time for your friends, family, career, travel and hobbies help balance your overall lifestyle, it’s a healthy way to avoid burnout, overtraining and injury.