Monday, June 25, 2012

Week 8: The North Face Endurance 50K Training

TrekSta Edict Trail Running Shoes

Monday: Core/20 Mile Ride
  • First day with new Garmin, nice to have in front of me rather than on my wrist, but initially too dark to see - wasn't sure how to light up screen. Nice morning for a ride - straight out and back for all intents and purposes. 50 miles Thursday, daunting and exciting at the same time.
Tuesday: 8 Mile Run 
  • Windy and warm, humid. Even thought the public is not quite ready for it, halfway through I ran shirtless, to ameliorate some nipple chafing. Ran across a skunk, happily no oil was sprayed and I remained odor-free, at least skunkwise.
Wednesday: OFF
  •  Tuckered, a difficult night with Little Worker. Oddly enough, a diaper change was required at 2:00 AM, that has not happened in a LONG time! Guess he wants to keep us on our toes. Maybe being tired is good for me, got a lot of work done today, much of it that I had been procrastinating on for awhile.
Thursday: 50 Mile Ride
  • Somewhat dreaded doing this, but mapped out a seemingly endless course, laid out my kit, packed snacks, inflated tires, and froze water bottle Wednesday night in preparation. Not half a block from home it started raining huge fat drops and I gratefully turned home to lay on the couch. Of course the rain didn't last very long and then I felt guilty, but the ride will happen Friday instead, not a huge deal.
Friday: Strength/Core
  • 50 mile ride today instead. I'm always somewhat surprised when there are other people out at 3:30 - this morning there seemed to be even more than usual. Definitely very tough, but happily not quite as difficult as I had built it up in my head. Oddly, for the beginning of summer, it was very cool, almost cold sometimes on the bike. Figured out the Garmin and was happy to have it, such an improvement!
Saturday: Tempo 10
  • After yesterday's 50 mile ride and a sleepless night courtesy of Little Worker, opted to take it easy today and just relax, putter around the house. It's just the two of us, as Laima, Tazer, Gaigai and Munchkin have all gone to Michigan to celebrate Midsummer. Took a morning walk to the park and then an afternoon walk to see a train go by. Nice to have this bonding time!
Sunday: Speedwork/Drills
  • Speedwork at the track was questionable today, since I had Little Worker, so opted for a modified stroller run.

    Plan called for:
    1 mile warmup
    400 interval
    400 recovery
    800 interval
    400 recovery
    400 interval
    400 recovery
    Repeat 3 times
    1 mile cooldown
    What I actually did:
    8 min warmup
    2 min interval
    2 min cooldown
    4 min interval
    2 min cooldown
    2 min interval
    2 min cooldown
    Repeated twice
    8 min cooldown
    Worked out very nicely and pushing the stroller added a minor strength component to the workout. First run in the new TrekSta Edicts, I'm thinking they will be a good shoe!
Weekly Totals:  81.91 miles, 6:01:42. A little bit less than planned for, but a good week overall.

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

Monday Weigh-In -- Original Weight (Day 1): 209.6, today 204 - still a long way from where I want to be, but hopefully have turned a corner and will start seeing results.

This was a good week. I overcame my fear of that 50 mile ride, really listened to my body, adapted to circumstances, and overall feel pretty good, considering. FINALLY had a decent week of eating, at least portion-wise. Starting to pay attention, instead of eating how I feel at any given moment. That's huge progress, hoping I can keep it up! (TWSS)

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  1. Great week of training, keep it going!

  2. Those shoes are pretty cool looking--never heard of them.

    I commend you for getting in the long ride the next day after getting rained out. I hate riding in the rain and will avoid it whenever possible. You had a solid week!

  3. Those shoes are really trippy looking.

    And a big congratulations for overcoming that 50 mile fear!

  4. Wow - over 81 miles! Glad you are enjoying your new Garmin!

  5. Nice week of traing and congrats on the 50 mile ride!


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