Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10 milers? Why not! The build-up continues

Believe it or not, I'm feeling fantastic. With the multi-day 10 milers being part of my weekly routine now, I just "do" them. They're not difficult per se, but the end result is a much stronger me than in previous cycles. When you consider that I have been snacking on long runs between 16 and 31 miles every Saturday, I have really been having a very strong training cycle leading up to The North Face 50 miler in 7 weeks.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Calling all Fathers to a movie theater this Fall.

I'm really stoked about this film hitting the big screen later this year. At a time when our families seem to be falling apart, it's time for us Dads to step up and get back in the game..

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

2011 North Face Endurance Challenge - Open for Registration

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Late Summer vacation, 1,100 step workout and taking the Tuesday 10 miler to "a whole 'nutha level"

We decided to grab one final Summer vacation before school starts back, sowe took off to northern Georgia and the mountains that reside there. With some family living nearby, we planned on stopping by while in the neighborhood. Good times had by all.

One of the coolest things we planned on doing together on this trip was to climb down to the canyon at Tecullah Gorge. Having not been there before, this sounded like high adventure to us all.

High adventure it certainly was.

After the several hour drive from our home to Tecullah, we arrived at the state park and began our climb down to the canyon floor. The trip to the bottom involved multiple switchbacks along the side of the gorge and totalled just under 600 steps.

At the canyon floor, we were treated to beautful views of the towering waterfalls emptying into the basin. Understand that the climb down to this point was a bit tough on the knee joints, but we KNEW the climb back UP the roughly 600 steps was going to be tough. Mind you, we were moving during 90+ degree heat, so sweat was in abundance.

...and then I felt tiny, insignificant little raindrop.

And then, the bottom fell out.

Suffice it to say, the climb back out of the canyon left us soaked to the bone. Our three boys absolutely loved this adventure, and it was pretty cool to be there in the midst of it all. After the rain finally subsided, we were able to get into dry clothes. Much better...

As I continue my build up for the North Face 50 miler in October, my mileage continues to increase. I have suffered no ill effects of the additional training volume and I grow more confident every day, both for the 50 miler as well as my hopeful 100 miler debut in April.

Oh, and we're going all-in starting this week with 10 miler Tuesday's AND Thursday's....

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

10 miler Tuesday and the ecstasy/exhaustion of going longer

I had a great tempo 10 miler late last night, so my "Tuesday 10" streak lives on ! It feels great to be able to go out and run a nice tempo pace for a solid performance. These workouts are going to provide continued confidence as my training continues to get tougher.

On the subject of tough training, let me say that I am living proof of the benefits and balance that it brings. Without question, my running is getting stronger. I recover much quicker than I ever have before, and find that I have alot more resilience than I had previously thought. I have hard training sessions as well as recovery runs. I go long on the weekends and feel completely recovered within 3-4 hours. In fact, the back to back weekend long runs have proven to be relatively easy to complete. I know that my training plan is working for me, even though it's new territory in terms of mileage.

I will finish up July with around 175 miles of running. I am happy with that. I will run a 24 mile long run on Saturday, and I am excited about that too. We are now leaving the realm of where my marathon training long runs have taken me in the past, and I am okay with it. Anything I do now will only serve to help me on race day. If I can continue making forward progress, I should be standing on the Start line of North Face 50 mile in October, ready to run.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tuesday 15 and Thursday 10 sessions

Since getting back from vacation earlier this week, I have been getting in some really strong workouts.

After a couple of rain-induced rest days at the beach, I really felt the need on Tuesday to go moderately long, some I grabbed a solid 15 miler that night. I followed that up on Wednesday with a 6 mile recovery run.

The big change for me since focusing my training on ultra distance, is the fact that I have seemed to lose some speed. Since my workouts now do not really emphasize speedwork, my old marathon tempo sessions seem like a distant memory. For 50 or 100 mile events, speed just isn't in the equation.

Having this thought bouncing around in my head, I decided to go out late last night for a 10 mile tempo run. I didnt have a large amount of confidence that I would been able to dig that deep, but I felt pretty fired up about trying.

As I forced myself to a faster cadence and concentrated on quick turnover and good form, the pace began to get easier. By mile 8, I was having to work a bit but I realized that I was well within my ability.

I finished the run in just under 90 minutesome and felt very grateful for the result.

Remember, you are stronger than you think you are. You can do far more than you think you can.

Go get after it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Vacation at the beach; Continuing ramp-up

My wife, our three boys and I just returned from a trip to the beach for the 2nd time this summer. We've been really fortunate to have the ability to go down for a week or so, and we had a great time together as a family. We did some cool stuff together, swam alot, and had an all-around great time. I ended up only getting in two (or maybe three, I can't remember) runs in while in Florida, but it was nice to take a break. My body appreciated the recovery time, I know. I finished up last week with a whopping 25 miles. That's pretty weak for me, but like I said, I enjoyed the break.

Now that we're back home, I am back in the saddle with the ramp up to the North Face 50 miler in October. I ran a nice 15 miler in the wee hours of this morning, and that was actually a little more effort than I expected it to be. Having done a few 20 milers over the past 5 weeks, I didn't expect 15 to take much energy, but actually did. It's good though, because I had to work my way through the run, which is good practice.

Here's my training schedule for the rest of this week:

Tuesday: 6 miles (easy --> tempo)
Wednesday: 5 miles (recovery)
Thursday: 6 miles (hills)
Friday: Rest or 5 miles (easy)
Saturday: 14-16 miles (long)
Sunday: 5 miles (recovery)

I hope everyone's training is proceeding smoothly. It's hard to believe, but Summer is drawing to a close. I'm looking forward to those cooler days of Fall, but I know Winter is only around the corner from those cool days. I'm in NO hurry for dealing with the cold again.