02/27/2017 – 03/05/2017
After last week’s back to back marathon weekend, the next week feels like it should be an easy week. That was this week, except it turned out to actually be a hard week just as it was planned. With fatigued legs, I never quite know whether I’m teetering on the tired side of the line or the injured side of the fine line. A few years ago I would have probably plowed ahead not listening and not respecting the distance and effort. Even now I still fall for my heart and not my head. But right now, I think I’m thinking clearly and I’m on the right track. I’m not quite at the point where I need to run, but I’m definitely on the I want to run and it’s a good feeling. I’m confident right now, but not overly so. 15 weeks until Bighorn 100.
Questions to you:
• What’s your most severe running injury?
• Do you have a shakeout run or workout or distance?
• What is your ‘A’ Race this year?
01/30/2017 – 02/05/2017
This training week had a little bit of everything – rain, sunshine, snow, fartleks, long runs, friends, lunch runs and even a few firsts (for a friend). Set out this week with no real goal, other than to hit my mileage, but by my last run on Sunday, I had decided my weekly goal would be 50 miles and 10,000 feet of vert. I’ve made training plans in the past which incorporate dedicated hill workouts and prescribed speed workouts and they’re great, but I’ve also teetered just on that fine line of injury and peak fitness, more often than not crashing over to the injury side of the line. For this Bighorn 100 training cycle my core training plan consists of only hitting mileage (four week training blocks of three increasingly progressive weeks followed by one recovery week), maxing out vert (rough weekly goal of 10,000+ feet), and continuing to have fun while doing it all. It’s not much to ask for and yet I know from past experiences it will take perseverance to make it all the way to the end in one piece, both physically and mentally.
It’s 130 days until Bighorn…
Questions to you:
• What is your favorite hill workout?
• How is your training plan structured?
• What is your “A” race this year?