Monday, May 14, 2012

Week 2: The North Face Endurance 50K Training

Week 2 in the books. More inclement weather, more variation in the plan, continued success in the new plant-based eating--vegan is definitely not all that difficult! Still a bit reliant on processed carbs, like tortillas, bagels, and so on, but not missing meat at all. Pizza is the one thing I still want. There are some decent vegan cheeses, so if I really want it, I can approximate it.

Monday: Core/10 Mile Ride
  • Rain, rain, go away, come back again after I've finished my ride--no such luck today, unfortunately, but no worries, ran 7 miles on the treadmill instead. Ever watched "Law Abiding Citizen?" This is one movie where I definitely sided with the "bad guy" Gerard Butler, who takes justice into his own hands, rather than rooting on the "good guys," aka Jamie Foxx, the DA.
Tuesday: 7 Mile Run
  • Another cool morning, but actually pretty nice for a ride. Sun came up as I was riding, minimal traffic, all in all a nice 10 miler. I'm thinking I kind of like this Monday/Tuesday switch--might be a different story once I'm into the meat of the plan, following a day of speedwork with a ride might feel better than another run. Wait and see.
  • Core: none. No excuses.
Wednesday: OFF
  • One of the few times I've looked forward to going into the office, but only because I knew I was meeting Gaigai for her field trip on the Chicago River architectural cruise. It was a slightly overcast, cool day, but looking at historic architecture never gets old, and really a different way of seeing it from the water.
Thursday: 10 Mile Run
  • This run was all about keeping the pace slower, more even,not allowing myself to run ahead of the right pace. Ended up being a good run, with plenty left in the tank. If I can continue with this controlled training, I have no doubt I can finish the 50K. The best laid plans...
Friday: Strength/Core
  • FINALLY got an Insanity DVD from the library, got ready, popped it into the player and...wrong DVD! It was an Insanity title, but it was recovery, not intensity. This day had started off poorly and this was just a continuation. Took it back to the library and went on with my day.
Saturday: 15 Mile Ride
  • Garmin died immediately after starting, odd. A light rain started falling, no big deal, but once I saw lightning, cut the planned 15 miles a bit short - 13.5 miles in all.
Sunday: Hills/Drills
  • 9 x slower hill repeats, started off tough, but felt stronger as it went on. For some odd reason I've always enjoyed running hill repeats. Garmin says I only had 84 feet of elevation gain, not sure how they calculate it, but I know that I ran up a hill that is more than 8.5 feet high. :)
Weekly Totals: 44.83 miles, 4:32:12.

(Training Plan adapted from Jeff Horowitz’ Smart Marathon Training)

Monday Weigh-In -- Original Weight (Day 1): 209.6, today 205.6, good to see the weight continue moving in the right direction.

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  1. LOVE that architectural boat cruise. Best part of one of my trips to Chicago. I lucked out and it was a perfectly blue sky day where you could see all of the buildings (no clouds obscuring the tops). Took way too many pictures, but I love the buildings and the lady that did the tour was an older lady who'd worked in the architectural industry as an assistant and knew all these great stories about the architects and their influences. Totally worth every penny for the tour.

    Congrats on a solid week of training. I like that you are flexible when need be.

  2. Nice job, dude. Don't worry, soon it will be unsufferabley hot and humid.

  3. Great training! You are brave and dedicated to go for the vegan option. I will not be able to do that.

  4. Chicago is such a great city for architecture--I'll bet that's a great field trip to chaperone (if you don't have to jump in after any wayward kids!)

    Nice solid week of training.

  5. Was Garmin calculating net elevation gain? Because if you ran down the hill every time you'd end up around 0, right?

    Great, consistent training. I could learn a lot from you! Probably beats my feast or famine method. :)

  6. Nice solid week Kovas! Way to go man.

  7. You really rock... Absolutely great training!

  8. Your training sounds great!! How are you feeling? I am doing a 50k next year so I will be in touch with 100s of questions.

    Good for you for going the Vegan route. I could do vegetarian, but vegan is scary. Mostly because of the lack of cheese.


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