Another week, another weekly recap!
Here’s how this past week went in training for the Indianapolis Marathon:
Monday: 8 solo miles before work, 9:15 min/mile, Discover Strength after work.
Tuesday: 7 miles before work with Christie, 9 min/mile.
Wednesday: Workout Wednesday! 3 mile warm-up, 5x600m with 70 second recovery, then 5x400m repeat with 400m recovery, 1 mile cool-down. 9 miles total. Not my best workout; my legs just felt heavy and I couldn’t turn them over to hit the paces on the 400’s but I did the best I could for the day.
Thursday: Easy 5 with my friend Klara before work, Discover Strength after work.
Friday: 10.6 mile long run. I moved my long run to Friday because we were headed to Duluth to cheer for our friends running Grandma’s Marathon. Dustin’s family’s cabin is in Gordon, Wisconsin, which is about 45 minutes west of Duluth, so we drove up to stay there on Friday.
The cabin is Matilda’s favorite place in the world! She absolutely loves it there.
Saturday: Quick 4 mile run with Dustin on the hilly country roads before driving into Duluth. 8:38 min/mile. He always pushes me to go a little faster than normal.
When we got back to the cabin, I took a shower, and Dustin cast his reel off the pier; he quickly caught this huge guy!
Impressive, right? Of course, he just released it back into the lake. He said it put up quite a fight to bring it in!
Anyways, post-bass catching, we made our way to Duluth and were there by 9:30, where met up with Vicki’s husband at mile 21. He had mimosas for us; fun to just be a spectator! It was a lovely 53 degree sunny day. The sun may have made it a little warm for the runners, but perfect day for spectating!
We had quite a few friends out there running the marathon, but I was especially excited to cheer for my friend Vicki! You’ve probably heard me mention her before; we work together and I’ve been coaching her for the marathon. She had run one marathon before, which was Grandma’s Marathon 20 years ago! So her goal was to beat her time from 20 years ago (5:11) by an hour and run a 4:11. She came very close with a 4:19, cutting 52 minutes off her marathon PR! Way to go!
After cheering, we stopped by Bent Paddle Brewery for a pint.
Like always, Tilda curled up on a lap while we enjoyed a beer.
Bent Paddle was a pretty cool spot, but we couldn’t stay long since we still had to drive back to the cabin. But not without a stop at the Thirsty Pagan for some pizza to bring back for dinner!
Sunday: 7 miles at the cabin; Dustin was with me for the first 3 miles and then he took off to run his pace. We had talked for the first half of the run about what to do if I encountered a bear on the run. Any bear in Wisconsin would be a black bear, not a grizzly, so they aren’t inherently aggressive. He said I should act really big and yell at the bear to scare it away….
Guess what? Right when Dustin was out of eyesight, I encountered a HUGE black bear. He was sauntering towards me on a dirt path off the road less than 25 yards away.
It took my brain a few seconds to recognize what it was before I screamed and sprinted away as fast as I could! There was definitely no picture for Instagram 🙂 I was too scared!
I was so sure he was chasing me and I was freaked; he was HUGE. I turned back a few times and didn’t see him, but still hadn’t covered enough ground to catch Dustin in front of me.
A car drove by and saw me sprinting and looking back. They stopped to ask me if I was okay and I told them about the bear. The driver offered to give me a ride back to the ‘nice gentleman farther up the road,’ i.e. Dustin, but by then I realized I had sprinted quite a bit away from where the bear was and I was probably fine. I still kept going at a much faster than recovery pace, yelling for Dustin to come back. Finally I caught up with him; the adrenaline and faster pace left me so breathless! What a rush.
*I do realize that the nice people who stopped to help me may have been worried that it was a person rather than a bear that had me freaked; Gordon, Wisconsin is the same town where Jayme Close’s abductor lived, and I’m sure that incident has affected the people in the area.
Has anyone else ever encountered a black bear on a run? What did you do? Clearly I did not keep my cool, but rather drew a lot more attention to myself by screaming and sprinting.
We had left Tilda behind because she was already so tired from all the excitement of the cabin, but I am curious what she would have done if she had been with me. I wonder if she would have barked and if that would have been worse or better? Regardless, a very scary experience for me.
What should I do next time? Carry bear-bells? Bear-spray?
“How about just don’t run at the cabin?” No!
Anyways, on a brighter note, I saw this combo of Words Against Humanity cards on a friend’s facebook and thought it was pretty funny:
Summary: 51 miles of running, 2 strength sessions. I’ve been doing a decent job of getting in two strength sessions with the Body Comp Challenge I’ve been doing this month at Discover Strength. Even though Wednesday’s running workout was tough, in general my running has been feeling pretty good. I hope it stays that way!