This week and next week are supposed to be my longest/hardest weeks prior to tapering for the Across the Years race. When planning out my schedule, I decided to do one very long run (Heartland 100) and then a series of 4 x 2hr runs over the course of 36 hrs. The longest other single run was 3:12 a few weeks ago. The point of any training program is to stress the body into adaptation. Obviously the higher mileage that you run, the more you need to do in your peak week in order to add stress.
I thought the 4 x 2hr runs would be a good way to simulate running the same pace on increasingly tired legs w/o the stress of another true long run. I have to admit though, it looked a lot easier on paper than it turned out to be. I couldn't imagine keeping up that schedule for more than the 2 days (for one thing, I didn't accomplish anything this weekend other than the runs and a whole lot of football watching). I was joking with my wife that it would really suck to be in the Ground Hog Day movie and have Sunday as the day I kept repeating over and over!
The main problem I had in the middle 2 runs was serious bonking. I don't usually eat or drink when I run for 2 hours or less, but by the 3rd run it was catching up with me. The final run ended up feeling much better as I carried some gatorade.
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Mon 11/26 – Walk 1:00:00.
Tue 11/27 – Walk 3:00:00 (uphill), run 2:00:00 (downhill) up to treeline on Pikes Peak.
Wed 11/28 – Complete day off.
Thu 11/29 – 1:15:00 (Cheyenne Canon uphill tempo run 35:40 - Season PR).
Fri 11/30 – 0. Walk 45:00.
Sat 12/1 – 7:00 AM – 2:00:00 on treadmill @ 8:10 pace.
4:00 PM – 2:00:00 on HS track at 7:50 pace.
Sun 12/2 – 7:30 AM – 2:00:00 on Monument Valley trails at 7:50 pace.
3:30 PM – 2:00:00 around Palmer Lake at 7:50 pace.
Week – 11:15:00 / 78 miles