August 20th, 2014

elise

Another great accomplishment by Elise!

Hey guys – a few people at the box knew I was trying to run 2 x 100 milers in 2 weeks and I actually just made it this weekend, so I just thought it would be nice to send a little update. So here it goes:
Ultra running is my passion and I really wanted to raise the bar this year. Last Spring, I tried to run 2 x 100 milers in 3 weeks. The first one went very well and I was the first Canadian female to ever finish the course, but didn’t take care of myself afterwards and failed miserably at running the second 100 miler 3 weeks later (I collapsed at mile 90, a volunteer found me and got disqualified).
This summer, I really wanted to do better. I decided I would try again by attempting to run 2 x 100 milers in 2 weeks. I drove to Ohio for the first one shooting for a sub 24 hours finish. I was on track in the first half of the race but had stomach issues in the second half and really had to slow down. Still got it done in 26h27.
I didn’t want to make the same mistakes again. I basically had 2 weeks to recover and run another 100 miler, the second one being tougher given it was a mountain race. During those 2 weeks, I was obsessed with my diet (I could hear Lars in my head saying proteins/veggies/nutts & fruits), and was going to bed super early. I tried to hit the box as many times as I could. I was scaling down the weights, but I’m sure going to the box was better recovery than sitting on the couch.
The second 100 miler was the inaugural year, so we didn’t really know what to expect. Turned out the course was brutal and the DNF rate was really high. 198 entrants, 72 finishers! Only 9 females made it to the end. It was a tough battle, but I didn’t want to fail again, so I pushed. I pushed real hard! I ranked 6th female with a time of 33h12. I’m attaching a picture at the finishing line (you can barely see my eyes, I was exhausted!). For the second time this year, I was the first Canadian female to ever finish a course, yeah!
My thing is running, but I think my story can apply to anything. I tried once and really failed. Well, I didn’t care. I got back on my feet and tried again! And this time, I made it! I ran 2 x 100 milers in 2 weeks. Same thing with your pull-ups or your muscle-ups. You can’t do it now, but keep working at it, and one day, you’ll do it!!!!

Today’s WOD

Dips – every 90 sec, 4-5 reps @ 31X1, 5 sets

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Back squats x 2 reps, rest 90 sec x 5 sets @ 90%

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4 Rds for time:

Row 500m OR Run 400m (can mix them up)

20 Thrusters @ 95/65

Trainer’s Tips: Heavy Back Squats for 5 sets. make sure you warm up before hand. The workout will get tough so find a maintainable pace early on.

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