So, what's the connection? Well, last week marked my second consecutive in the 80's, and - surprisingly - I seem to be functioning and responding rather well to the training stresses. The last two weeks came out as follows:
- Monday - 6 miles easy
- Tuesday - 12 miles progression (last full progression mile in 6:12!)
- Wednesday - 10 miles moderate
- Thursday - AM: 5+ miles recovery; PM: 6+ miles recovery
- Friday - 13 miles with a lame/aborted progression
- Saturday - 9+ miles
- Sunday - 22 miles
- Monday -Elliptical, weights, core
- Tuesday - 12 miles, with 6 x 3 mins at 10K-5K pace
- Wednesday - 15 miles "easy"
- Thursday - 8.5 miles, easy
- Friday - 10+ miles, progressing to half-marathon pace
- Saturday - 15 miles, with 5 at marathon pace+10%
- Sunday - 20+ miles "easy" (but very, very hilly)
The first of these two weeks marks the end of my "base phase", and the idea is not to exceed that peak mileage during the next 10 pre-taper weeks, allowing the additional quality - which began last Tuesday - to serve as the new stressor. While I'm certainly tired, I can't believe I'm in as good shape as I am, handlign the volume and bits of quality with much success. In addition, I'm feeling strong in the core and upper body, only minimal hip soreness (and only intermittently) and am recovering well from harder efforts.
Last week's Friday>Saturday>Sunday sequence was unprecedented for me, and should serve me well as I prepare for the Holiday Lake 50++K on February 12th. This will be my first time running an ultra-distance with a bib pinned to my shirt, and I'm nervously excited about the experience. The course comes out to ~33.25 miles, and I have NO IDEA what a reasonable time/pace goal should be. I am thinking (hoping?) that anything under 4:45 would be reasonably respectable, but - mostly - I'm looking forward to joining the fraternity of ultra-runners, around whom I seem to have spent a lot of time, and for whom I seem to have a natural affinity. I cannot wait to be a bona fide part of their ranks.
On a non-running personal note, the rest of my life has not been easy of late, due to a number of reasons from which I will spare my dear reader(s). Let's just say that running is one thing over which I have control, where the results of putting in effort/work are tangible, and which demands of me only what I'm willing to give it.
More later. Someday.
Thanks for reading. -ESG/Ron