Monday, July 2, 2012

Week 9: The North Face Endurance 50K Training

Monday: Core/20 Mile Ride
  • Great cool morning for it, but really windy and, as is usually the case in the Midwest, always felt like a headwind. Starting to feel like I might need a bike fitting again, lots of tension in my upper back and neck lately.
Tuesday: 8 Mile Run 
  • First run in Mizuno Wave 15s - unsure about 8 miles right out of the box, but amazingly comfortable. Will have to consider these for the ultra after a few more runs. Took off way too quickly, which I haven't done in a while, but these shoes make me want to run fast!
Wednesday: OFF
  • It's funny when my day off actually feels needed, totally random. Today was such a day, just wanted to keep a low profile and take it easy. Good timing! Some aches and pains make it seem not too bright to have run 8 miles in new shoes -- we'll see.
Thursday: 18 Mile Run
  • Woke up withsome ankle tendinitis, sore top of ankle from twisting it on a root Tuesday, and other aches and pains that didn't bode well for a run. RICE today and some foam rolling, hoping for quick healing and back out on the roads/trails soon.
Friday: Strength/Core
  • Woke up early, walked around, but enough issues to not chance it - 18 mile run scrubbed for this week. Frustrating as I have not had too many issues during this training. I don't blame the new shoes, I blame myself for not running smart. Hopefully speedwork on Sunday will still be a go.
Saturday: 25 Mile Ride
  • Rain overnight, but mostly dry, so it did not dissuade me from riding. Warm and humid but not hot yet at 4 am. Saw the aftermath of a horrific crash as I rode along the expressway frontage road, not a good morning for those people. Felt good to get out and exercise again, not an easy ride but felt decent.
Sunday: Speedwork/Drills
  • Wasn't sure I wanted to do speedwork this morning, but tired of not running. Plan called for 10x400 interval, 200 recovery, I did 6. Didn't want to injure myself further, struggled with the operation of the Garmin (duh) and...don't know why.
Weekly Totals: 57.88 miles, 4:31:50.

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

Somewhat disappointing week running wise, injuries definitely got the best of me this week. Symptoms include some plantar fasciitis in right foot, ankle tendinitis in left foot, and general soreness over parts of my legs. Definitely need to start a stretching regimen and, more than anything, need to drop some of this extra weight. Not all gloom and doom, however. Laima and I got our Wednesday dinner comped at our local bistro, Zest, and then tasted 9 new wines Thursday, from Alsace and Vinho Verde in Portugal. Had a nice afternoon at my in-laws' pool Friday, which was a good way to end the work week.

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  1. Still a great week of training - and great food and wine:)

  2. Hope you heal up quick so you can get some longs runs in next week.


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