"Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense."
- David Blaikie

Monday, May 25, 2009

Training Log: Week 2 for Hardrock

Week 2 of a 9 week training cycle for Hardrock 100.

This week's Hardrock picture (on my desktop background) served as a reminder of the many miles of uphill hiking I need to prepare for. I was expecting to identify more with the guy in yellow here, but had a great week.

  • Mon: 13 miles (am: 6 mi, pm 7 mi)
    Felt great in the am... wondering if I dreamed the whole MMT pacing thing. Afternoon run felt progressively crappy - may have been the big pastrami sandwich for lunch!
  • Tues: 12 miles (am: 12 mi).
    Retreat to forest roads for some easier footing after the rocks of MMT. 2 sets of pumpkin loops steady 18-19 mins.
  • Wed: 4 miles (am: 4 mi)
    Didn't feel like running much. All my energy is going into figuring out how to get my family to CO for the time between San Juan Solstice and Hardrock. My mental model is *Sabbatical*.
  • Thur: 8 miles (am: 2 mi, pm: 6mi stairs)
    Work! Feeling the time and energy crunch training has put on me lately. Trying to squeeze in a few miles anywhere.
  • Fri: 24 miles (am: 12 mi, pm: 12 mi)
    Feeling well rested! Snuck out early (4:20 am) for some easy miles, then 9 miles of stairs and 3 warmdown in the afternoon.
  • Sat: 25 miles (am: 19 mi, pm 6 mi)
    Felt a little tired toward the end of the am run, but coming back in the afternoon felt great.
  • Sun: 14 miles (am: 7 mi, pm 7 mi)
    Easily the best I have felt in months. The more I run the better I feel...?

Total: 100M

Feeling much more
comfortable with a couple weeks of training behind me. No tweaks and pains, or any real soreness except for a bad toenail situation from kicking a rock at MMT. Feeling ready to run each time out.

Next up...

Try to hold onto the mileage through a busy work week.
Continue to hit the stairs and start looking for some sustained downhill. Focus on stretching and core strengthening. Continue to blend in some faster paced runs.


Darin Swanson said...

Enjoying following your training. It looks like for sure that I will be at Hardrock with Ronda making it in. I am now training hard just to pace ;-)

Look forward to seeing you there!

Joseph Lea said...

Hey Darin! Great that Ronda got in. Looking forward to seeing you out there. Maybe we can link up out in CO before the race/