Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Training Week - 11/4/13

Well it has started.  Gina and I entered into the Lottery of the Uwharrie 40 miler.  We will be racing at the 11/11/14 Willis River 35/50k for the 5th time.  This race is on a primitive trail so there will be lots of log jumping.  So I've decided to start doing some stair climbs.  We are back in the racing game. 
11/5/13 - 7.75 miles.  Ran the usual 6 mile loop with a 1.75 mile cool down.  Threw in 10, 3 flight, stair climbs at Patrick Henry to get ready for the log jumping that will be done at Willis River.
11/6/13 - 8.4 miles running at the cove - Hi Dee Ho, Buck, and Hotel Loop.
11/8/13 - 8.7 miles in a track workout - 1k, 2k, 1k, 1k with 400m RI in between.  Very windy.
11/9/13 - Cycled 24.33 miles.  Up Mill Mountain to the BRP, down Starlight, up roselawn and sugarloaf and back.  A lot harder than it should have been since we haven't ridden for a long time.
11/10/13 - Ran 12.05 at Mill Mountain and Chestnut Ridge.
          Ran 4.2 miles in five fingers later in the day.
Total for the week - 41.1 miles running and 24.33 on the road bike
Feel pretty good but legs are toast from the week.

Training Week of 10/28/13

For all my friends running the Mountain Masochist 50miler I decided to do a 50 mile week, the first since the San Juan Solstice 50 miler back in June.  I rarely hit that kind of mileage but this was the week. 
10/29/13 - Did the usual 6 mile loop in 43 minutes and then a 1.5 mile cool down.
10/30/13 - Ran at the cove.  Did the Gauntlet/Trough loop for 6.4 miles.  Ran up horse pen and gauntlet in 31:48
11/1/13 - Ran 9.25 around the hood and greenway.
11/2/13 - 20 miles running on the AT from 220 to 311.  This was a doosy and the last climb up to McAfee's about did me in - http://connect.garmin.com/activity/398805676 
This was one of the faster trips across the ridge for me.  No a bad day considering I haven't run over 14 miles, on my long run, since 8/31.
11/3/13 - 7.4 mile running around VA western and Fishburn park.
50.55 mile for the week

Next week I'll take it easy and try to get on the bike to give my legs a rest.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Week of 10/28/13

I really wanted to participate in this year's Mountain Masochist 50 miler to be held this Saturday 11/2.  This would have been my 2nd run at the MMTR where I ran my 2nd 50 miler in 2003.  But, instead, I listened to my body and noticed signs of overtraining and decided it wouldn't be the best idea and sat this one out.  Instead, I decided I'll run 50 miles this week, a number I haven't hit since June when I ran the San Juan Solstice 50 miler (it's easy to hit a 50 mile week when you race 50 miles).
10/29/13 - Ran the 6 mile loop in 43 and did a 1.5 mile cooldown.
10/30/13 - Ran up the Gauntlet and down Trough for 6.4 miles.  Made it up the Guantlet in 31:45.
10/1/13 - Since I have a big run planned for tomorrow I decided to not do track work and instead just get in some moderate miles.  Ran 9.25 miles around Raleigh Court and the Greenway.
10/2/13 - Ran from 220-311 on the AT hitting the peak at McAfees.  This was the first time in a long long time I went up to the peak on this run.  Normally I just skirt around the peak staying on the fire road for the last 4.5 miles.  This was a tough day and Jason Captain and I finished it up in 3hours and 37 minutes.
10/3/13 - Ran 7.4 miles around Grandin Court and Fishburn Park.
Total for the week; 50.05 miles. 
Next week I plan to spend a little time on the bike instead of on my feet.