Training Week: 04/24/17 – 04/30/17

04/24/2017 – 04/30/2017
The rule of thumb is not to increase your weekly mileage by anywhere from a max of 10% to 20% depending on what website you look at. Well, screw those rules. Last week I didn’t run much mileage wise, but I ran hard for one monster day. This week I doubled my mileage. Whoops. Although I actually felt better at the end of the week! Honestly though more than anything it probably had mostly to do with the terrain, the effort, and my perceived confidence after last week’s success.

Tillamook Burn 50 miler in Oregon was this weekend and I finished my second race in as many weekends. This was a positive, confidence building, key part of the end of the fourth of five training blocks. I’m nearing the crest of the hill (mountain?) and with only three more big training weeks I can smell the hay being cut and starting to dry. I am cautiously optimistic. 7 weeks until Bighorn 100.

Questions to you:
• What’s the farthest you’ve ever travelled for a race?
• At what point in your training cycle do you see the other side of the fence?
• Running is as much a mental state as a physical state. How do your emotions affect your perceived running effort? How about your actual effort?
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Mt Hood 50 mile – Race Report

07/12/2014 – Mt Hood 50 – Clackamas Lake, Oregon Starting at Clackamas Lake this 50 mile race is split between two out and backs, both along the heavily shaded Pacific Crest Trail. Heading north first, the trail is slightly longer rolling past lakes as still as paintings and stunning vignettes of the majestic Mt Hood, before returning back to start/mid-ish-point/finish line and continuing south to the buttery smooth but resoundingly hilly complete single track and finally finishing with 5,500 feet of elevation gain.

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Mt Hood 50 mile – Preview

The Mt Hood 50 is my sixth event of the year and takes place this coming Saturday (0712/2014) on the southern side of Mt Hood in north central Oregon. The dual out and back, one north at 28 miles and one south at 22 miles, trail run is almost entirely on the well traveled Pacific Crest Trail with 5,500 feet of vert gain and hovering between 3,000-4,000 feet above sea level at the majestic base of Mt Hood.

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Gorge Waterfalls 50k – Race Report

03/29/2014 – Gorge Waterfalls 50k – Cascade Locks, Oregon
So this race was just another one of your every-weekend fairly rocky, rooty technical but at the same time soft singletrack 6000 foot vert point-to-point 50k run through ankle high streams, over snow patches, past stretches of moss covered everything, in sunshine, rain, hail, and wind and traipsing under, around, and  through 500 foot tall waterfalls through the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge in the Pacific Northwest.

The first event of the season is always a litmus test. Am I ready physically? Am I undertrained or overtrained? Am I ready mentally? Remember what this feels like? Have I finally figured out how to run long distances as pain free as possible? All great questions and in one ‘little’ run I’d have answers to all of them. Continue reading

Gorge Waterfalls 50k – Preview

The Gorge Waterfalls 50k is the first event of the year for me and it’ll be my longest run in a full 5 months. The run is this Saturday – less than 48 hours away – and I’m not nervous or anxious, but maybe I should be? Continue reading