It’s hard to believe we’re already 2 months into the year and that the first goal race of the year is 5 weeks away. it’s always easier to take a recovery week when you feel like you need one and that’s the way I’m feeling this week. I don’t struggle with motivation to get out the door ever… and never have. that can some times be a bad thing when it comes to resting and absorbing the hard work. it’s a bit easier to dial it back when morning temps are in the single digits where I am back in the northeast.
as i get older resting is a bit easier to manage but the fact of the matter is that i just love to run and it’s fits in perfectly with my daily life. even an easy 4 mile jog around the “hood trails” with maggie and ruby makes my day. i don’t know how much longer i’ll race, or try to race competitively, but when I do hang it up racing front there’s no doubt I’ll still run.
we’ve been building back up since the beginning of the year so this “down” week comes at a perfect time. I feel like i needed some rest and also had to travel back east (boston area) for work and then onto Virginia over the weekend to meet Maggie and visit my family.
I’m really happy with things are going and stoked with how my body is handling the mileage. I definitely am not chasing miles but rather just following the plan and miles just seem to accumulate. last saturday was the first time either of us ahd run over 2 hours since sometime back in november. We also have not been running a lot of hilly routes thus far. Instead we have been focusing on building some speed/turnover and I think it’s paying off. I think our long run on sunday, which was by far the longest and hilliest run we’ve done in a long time, is proof that it’s working.
we were planning on heading out east and running some of the oriflamme 50k course but with the rain we decided to just run local. We headed out to San Elijo to get in 3 hours and some solid climbing. San Elijo handles the rain well and has some the longest sustained climbs close to us. the run went better than expected for both of us so another good sign. we ran out there quite a bit last year and saturday’s run was faster on every climb and also with a higher overall pace than any run we did out there last year. we weren’t trying to run faster but were just out there to log time on our feet.
the past 4 weeks have been:
- week of 2/3: 56 miles, 5,490 ft of climbing
- week of 2/10: 61 miles, 4,808 ft of climbing
- week of 2/17: 68 miles, 6,969 ft of climbing
- week of 2/24: 76 miles, 8,707 ft of climbing
i understand those aren’t huge weeks in comparison to a lot of other people out there but it’s about what my body can handle. I really haven’t felt like I’ve been pushing the limits but know that I have to be careful. I love seeing the training that others are doing and the huge miles people are putting in. Guy’s like Vargo, Price, Dominic, Igor, Josh, Guillamme, just to name a few, are doing some awesome training. Following along on their blogs and on strava is definitely motivating… but I do realize that my body can’t handle that kind of mileage… yet. I tried to force it last year but I will make sure not to let that happen again. I feel like 65-75 mpw is kind of my sweet spot right now. I’d love to get in some consistent weeks in that range and stay healthy.
up above is just the running. I have also been getting on my bike once a week on monday’s for some easy miles after the weekend. I am hoping the coming weeks to get out a bit more with the time change. I’ve also been getting in the gym 2-3 days a week at lunch to do strength, core, and injury prevention work. For a lot of people getting in the gym is a chore but it’s something I really enjoy… and probably more so because I can do it during my lunch so it doesn’t take any extra time out of my day. If I had to do it before or after work I’m not sure I’d have the same enthusiasm or if it would get done as regularly.
The plan for the coming weeks looks pretty solid and I’m looking forward to it. We have a lot of fun runs planned for the weekends and then soon enough it will be time to race. I have not finished an ultra distance race since the Bandit 50k last February. I tried twice last fall and failed twice. So by the time I toe the line at the Oriflamme 50k on 4/5 it will have been well over a year. I’m looking forward to getting it out there, running hard, and crossing that finish line.
Friday was a pretty awesome weather day. I love the rain and this past weekend didn’t let me down. Friday after work Maggie and I headed to Encinitas Alehouse and happened upon the remnants of a Drake’s tap takeover from the night before. All the kegs were still flowing and were able to get our hands on this year’s Hopocalypse.