Monday, September 3, 2012

Week 18: The North Face Endurance 50K Training

Monday: Core/20 Mile Ride
  • Today was a day that just didn't stop. With an all-day trip driving around Wisconsin looking at office space slated for Tuesday, lots of planning was going on. Cycling got pushed aside and just never made it on the day's agenda. Since I didn't have time to eat breakfast when I wanted (and I skipped cycling), I opted to try an intermittent fast. In my case, I didn't eat until lunch. Pretty much everyone agrees that eating a lower calorie diet is the way to go for longevity and long-term health (most people may not like hearing it, but the science is pretty conclusive). Now studies are looking at whether intermittent fasting can give some of the same benefits--in my understanding, intermittent simply means it is isn't ongoing and maybe doesn't last too long, but at this point, it's all up for grabs as the scientists sort it out. Anyway, it seemed a good opportunity and I spent the morning none the worse for wear.
Tuesday: 8 Mile Run
  • Really a nice morning for it, felt good the whole run, really feeling confident now for the ultra. Definitely feel like I can finish, now it's a question of enjoyment. This week's 20 miler will be a good indicator. Glad I got the run in before today's tour of Southern Wisconsin -- all day in a car!
Wednesday: OFF

Thursday: 20 Mile Run
  • Knew it wasn't going to happen today, too much on the docket workwise. Planned on making it up Friday or Saturday.
Friday: Strength/Core
  • A morning of working on the house, mowing the yard and other outdoor projects felt like plenty of work to me.
Herrick Lake Prairie

Saturday: 20 Mile Ride
  • 20 mile make-up run: 17 miles. This was a success/failure outing in every way. A success in that I wanted to quit after 1 mile, as my legs were dead, but continued running. A failure in that lots of walking was involved, but a success that I kept going. A failure in that I only got 17 miles in but a success that I got that far. The 20 miler a few weeks ago is an indicator that, on a good day, I can run farther. 
Sunday: Speedwork/Drills
  • After yesterday's long run, speed or hill work probably wasn't a good idea. Instead, spent the day hanging out with our baby, while Laima drove Tazer to his soccer tournament--3 games since they made it to the championship game. Nice to have a relaxing day.
(Training Plan adapted from Jeff Horowitz’ Smart Marathon Training)

Total Training: 25.26 mi, 4:30:44. Not sure what happened to cycling this week, just wasn't a priority. Hard to believe in 2 weeks I'll have run the Endurance Challenge, cheered Laima during her first trail half marathon, and enjoyed a weekend camping with the family!

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  1. Exciting that it's almost here! Those busy weeks kill me, too. Nice job pushing through on that 17-miler, though. Definitely takes some mental toughness.

  2. Not long now! I've got my 50km with camping weekend this weekend. I'm now trying to get my mind right for Saturday's challenge.

  3. On the home stretch! Nice long run and it's great you are feeling confident going in to the race.

  4. Ahh! Less than 2 weeks! Craziness! My 20 on Friday turned in to 16 because of the heat. I am hoping race day is better!!!

    I was reading a study about eating less for longevity this weekend. It actually made me think of my crazy uncle who told me I should fast a few days a week because it causes worms to live longer. I think a morning is much more feasible ;)


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