Monday, June 11, 2012

Week 6: The North Face Endurance 50K Training

Compression is back, baby!

Monday: Core/20 Mile Ride
  • Nice morning for it, just a bit cool, decent ride, very little traffic. I don't think I'll ever understand the mentality of a driver who, on a deserted 4 lane road, feels the need to share a lane with me, passing by barely entering the other lane, and returning right just as soon as they are past me. Bizarre.
  • I have  a feeling core is not going to be a prominent factor in this training plan. Still keeping it on the schedule though - it could happen.
Tuesday: 8 Mile Run 
  • Not sure if it was the lower mileage last week or starting to wear compression sleeves again (not sure why I ever got away from that), but my legs feel much better overall. First longer run in Velocity 2.0s, felt really good except for a rubbing on right large toe - surprised by how good these shoes feel!
Wednesday: OFF
Thursday: 16 Mile Run
  • I was so impressed by the Vasque Velocity 2.0s on my 8 mile run Tuesday that I decided to push it and wear them for my 16 miler today - not a bad choice, definitely in the running for the 50K. First 12 miles to day were comfortable, not easy but doable, but last were tougher, seemed a lot more hilly. Glad to have that done, somewhat hard to believe that I'll be running twice as far come September. Didn't notice during the run, but some chafing issues will need to be dealt with. Really need to start working on nutrition on the run, will help in these longer outings!
Friday: Strength/Core
  • Today was Strength on the training plan, so I'm going to assume hiking nearly 3.5 miles with a 30+ pound baby on my back and almost 1,000 feet of elevation change, mostly via staircases can count. :)
Saturday: 20 Mile Ride
  • Beautiful morning for it. Legs felt a bit tired this morning, maybe from 16 miler Thursday and hike yesterday. 351 feet of climbing, so reasonable amount around here. Rode Dupage Greenway and then back through Greene Valley Preserve.

Sunday: Speedwork/Drills
  • First speedwork in quite some time, first time for this training plan. 8x400 meters, 200 meter recovery jog. Felt pretty consistent and, towards the end, relatively comfortable.
Weekly Totals: 72.45 miles, 8:56:57.

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


  1. Agreed that 30+ baby is strength work. Favorite line re: core work "It could happen." LOL

    1. I really wish I could consistently add core to my training--it would make a huge difference!

  2. Looks like a good workout week to me. 30lb baby on the back - like that. My baby is 16yo now so I'll skip carrying that. Backpack for me for my training then. :)

  3. Glad to hear you sounding better about the training, and nice job this week!

    I definitely need to start adding in core work. I'm sure if would have made a huge difference for my back at DK.

  4. Nice!

    Carrying little A up and down all those stairs was a great strength workout!

  5. Your training is going awesome! Your strength workout sounds pretty hard-core. Keep up the good work!

  6. Nice solid week Kovas! Might have to get some calve sleeves myself.

  7. well i'm not on a schedule but i didn't run on NRD either... shame on me, i know. i made thursday my personal NRD, that counts right? :) another great week kovas!


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