2011 Training Log – Week 21

Got some momentum going now. First 80 mile training week since last July. Very happy with that. Now I just need to hold on to this consistency and let it all sink in.

John Nevels posted the following on one of the email lists I subscribe to. He was helping a runner friend prepare for a 50K race when the topic of ‘what is the secret’ came up:

many explanations, some passive, some rigorous, some rather mystical, have been
put forward to describe this supposed secret, but i don’t think that all of it is warranted.

i think it can be summed up in one word:  consistency

it’s no secret, and it’s painfully obvious, but it’s also so incredibly
difficult, if not impossible to live by.

day after day after day after day is the easy part.
week after week after week a little more difficult.
month after month and year after year… this is when the idea is lost.

the tendency is to assume that something isn’t quite working right after a
year(s) of training without a pr or a win.  clearly some “trick” must be missing
from the training regimen, some miracle product, shoe, gel or mantra everyone
else has that i don’t.

but, as with most aspects of the ultras, patience – utter, total, mundane,
and relentless  patience – seems to be the key to this consistency.

determination, heart, drive, spirit – call it whatever buzzword you like, but
when it comes down to it, consistently, patiently, unrelentingly placing one
foot in front of the other.

this may seem obvious to many, but its simple, yet all-encompassing nature bears
repeating from time to time.  i know i need to hear it, and i suspect others do
as well.

I really liked that and wanted to post it as a reminder that I can refer back to in the future. Especially the “relentless patience” part. Just keep at it.

MONDAY
Activity Run Miles 11 Time 1:36 Avg HR 139
Felt pretty cashed today after working some big hours and late nights on the weekend. Also had sore legs from the faster run on Saturday and timed this one right at the 48 hour DOMS peak. Gut issues plus some reflux made this a real dandy. Got it done and will be better for it. I think.
TUESDAY
Activity Run Miles 10 Time 1:37 Avg HR 123
Extremely tired. Settled for a pace somewhere between a jog and a plod and got some miles in while trying to take it easy in the steady rain.
WEDNESDAY
Activity Run Miles 7 Time 1:08 Avg HR 126
Still feel like crap, but a little better crap today. Ran with a buddy from work, the time flew by. Laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe at times.
Activity Hike Miles 11 Time 3:40 Avg HR 115
Prep hike with the scouts for our 50 miler in July. Did this with fully-loaded packs, and man what a wake up call it is to heft that thing up on your back for the first time of the year. I dragged a bit, but got through ok. The boys all did fantastic.

THURSDAY
Activity Run Miles 10 Time 1:29 Avg HR 144
Pace doesn’t really show it, but this was a decent effort on the trails at the Boneyard. Finally feeling a little better. Was good to get the hr out of the 120s for a change.First run in the hot-off-the-press La Sportiva Quantum. The wavy sole wonder. I had it in my head that I wasn’t going to like these shoes, I have been steering clear of the trend towards bigger/softer shoes, but I have to say I liked these quite a bit. It’s only one run, but I was pleasantly surprised. They feel a bit heavy, and are too narrow for me. I think if I cut off the stretchy ‘scree guard’ and remove the insole, that will give my foot enough room. Interesting shoe and I’m looking forward to taking them on some rough terrain to see how they do.

Spent the evening slacklining at the park.

FRIDAY
Activity Run Miles 20 Time 2:52 Avg HR 144
One of my favorites, the steady 20 miler. Two 10 mile laps, with a one minute negative split. Heart rate was in the comfort zone, weather was great. Have a busy weekend coming up so good to get this one out of the way early.
SATURDAY
Activity Run Miles 6 Time :55 Avg HR 133
Easy jog around the neighborhood. Feeling yesterday’s long run a bit, but not as bad as I expected. Said hello to Mr. Heron.

Killed some time playing with the new camera while waiting at the airport.

DIA carpet

Running shoe mesh

Tower

Da plane

Zooming down the tunnel

SUNDAY
Activity Run Miles 5.5 Time :48 Avg HR 134
Treadmill.
TOTALS
Total Time 14:08
Foot Miles 80.6 Foot Time 14:08
Bike Miles 0 Bike Time 0

Pic of the week:

This week’s all-star cast, in order of appearance.

Posted on May 29, 2011, in training. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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