This Should Be Interesting…

A running post?  Imagine that.

Two weeks to go until my first race of 2013. Might as well kick off the season with a 100 miler!

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Things have been pretty quiet running-wise on the blog for the last few months. To sum up my activity since October:

Oct – Raced 50k, broke rib.
Nov/Dec/Jan – Limped through training, ate/drank a lot, got really fat.
Feb – Quit soda, eating a little better, still fat, running stronger.

Too little, too late??

My training leading up to last year’s Antelope Island Buffalo Run 100 miler looked like this:

10/2011 - 195 miles: Slickrock 100, Moab Trail Marathon
11/2011 - 234 miles: Woody's Pancake Run
12/2011 - 295 miles: Lots of training
01/2012 - 276 miles: Ponderous Posterior 50K
02/2012 - 259 miles: Psycho Wyco 50K
1260 total miles
60/wk avg

My training seemed really good last year. 60 miles a week seems to be my sweet spot, and to have that work out as the average for that entire period was very good.

This year:

10/2012 - 142 miles: Lake Perry 50K
11/2012 - 202 miles: Barely hanging on
12/2012 - 184 miles: Barely hanging on
01/2013 - 190 miles: Struggled through 25 miles at Ponderous Posterior
02/2013 - 237 miles: First decent month in a long time
958 total miles
45/wk avg

I have only run 6 times over 18 miles in this cycle vs. 14 last year. I basically crammed another month’s worth of running into last year’s training. Staring down the barrel of a 100 miler sitting on 45 miles a week isn’t exactly confidence inspiring. At least I have no lofty goals this time.

One thing I have been doing with some consistency is my Powerlines workout on the treadmill. I’ve done it 15 times in the past 2 months, and at 1 hour each that is some solid work. The cardio part is getting ridiculously easy for me, but my calves are always holding me back. I wouldn’t say they are getting better, but they are a little less bad lately.

So how did all that training translate to the race last year?

Not that well, really. I was in okay shape, but had a lot of issues in the race, ultimately finishing in 23:38 for 13th place.

The issues –

Coming off a 21:15 the previous October in Moab, I was convinced I could go near 20 hours at this race on an easier course. So of course I started way too fast for me, ran every climb like I was doing an interval, keeping up with (or ahead of) people that are better runners than me, and was dipping into the 6:00’s pace-wise on the downhills. Dumb.

I felt good for 20 miles.

Then I cratered hard.

The next 60 (!) miles were a blur of dehydration, fluid retention, mangled feet, and non-existent legs or energy. To make matters worse, I had not gotten any sleep the night before the race. As in none. Zero. Instead, I laid in my tent listening to the hurricane force winds flapping the rain fly like a machine gun. My back was pissed off in a major way from unloading water jugs the day before. I was a mess.

I finally turned things around a little for the final 15-20 miles and still got in under 24, which I was pretty happy with at the time.

This year?

Who knows… I am undertrained, overweight, and struggling with my chronically injured calves. On the other hand, I am cautiously optimistic and determined to run a whole lot smarter. Relax, no pressure.

My weight has not budged since November and it looks like I will be going into this year’s race 8-10 pounds heavier than last year. That doesn’t sound toooo bad (maybe), but it feels more like 15-20. Really.

I am eating better and have cut out the gallons of crap soda I was drinking. Despite all the running, it just takes forever for this 43 year old body to get the signal and turn things around.

168 last year:

Even that was still 7 over what I consider my ideal 161.

I guess it sounds like I’m pretty hung up on that. I sort of am, but not going to change anything else until after the race. I’m trying to think of this race as a stepping stone to the rest of the year. If I run smart and recover well, I should respond and be good-to-go for the summer.  Time to find out!

Posted on March 8, 2013, in run. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. You’ll certainly burn up a few of those pounds at the race. I’m going to try to get out to the island to support friends and watch, so hopefully I’ll get to see your PR.

  2. Woody Anderson

    Can’t wait! I believe your experience trumps all the rest. You will run a smart race and overcome whatever woes arise….because you’ve faced it all before and won.

    • Woody, thank you for the nice words! I will definitely be relying on previous experience. Hoping to minimize the drama – but then the stories aren’t as good…

  3. CB, you forgot to mention on this post how absolutely tough you are at these distances. You’ll be digging deep but you’ll find a way to run a great (and smart!) race out there! Looking forward to the race report.

    • I am humbled by the nice things everyone has said in response to what was mostly a whiny little baby post. Thanks, Jaime – the words will definitely be on my mind and help carry me through.

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