Fortunately, my training continues to progress. I broke from my traditional 2 weeks up/1 week down regimen that I have been using so that I could have a rest week over Labor Day weekend to spend some QT with my wife.
Fairly early into the training for my last 50 I feel into the habit of only running 3 days a week - doing two 6'ers mid-week and then one long day on the weekend. I made it to the finish with that strategy, but it wasn't pretty. This time around I am continuing my two mid-week runs of around 6 but am running long on Saturday and then doing around 8-10 on Sunday. My Saturday volume is creeping up much slower this time but I feel that it is making a big difference and that I will be better prepared come November when I toe the line at JFK. My volume for this month will end up being about 135 miles, which isn't to bad considering the way the month fell I really had two rest weeks in there. I plan to work on consistent 40-45 mile weeks in September and max out around 50 miles a week as I peak before my race. Overall, I suppose my volume is a little low for an ultra but its the best I can do with work and maintaining a life at home and at the end of the day that is what running an ultra is about....doing the best you can do.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
My training for the last half of July was fairly uneventful. I ran 29 miles the week of 7/15 and 30 miles the week of 7/22. I had planned to log a few more miles the week of 7/22 but it just didn't work out that way. On my Sunday run (on July 28th) I started to have some foot pain along the outside edge in the danger zone (aka stress fracture zone) so I backed off the pace and finished up my run. I was due for a crash week. Every so often I take a crash week rather than a rest week. The difference - I don't run. At all. A full seven days of no running. I'm usually a little stir crazy by Thursday morning but it seems to make a difference in my ability to continue ramping up my mileage. Like they say, we are an experiment of one. And just like that July is over...