For the second half of 2016, and the beginning of this year, I wasn’t sure when I’d register for another ultramarathon. I felt beat down after DNFing at the Jemez 50M race again for the second time in three years and was physically and mentally exhausted. From June 2016 until[…]Read More »
or: The Race of Ill Omens. Prior to last year’s Cedro Peak 45k, things didn’t proceed smoothly for me. This year my Jeep’s transmission died as we were driving to the race. I’m not a superstitious person or a believer in omens though, and the rest of the day went[…]Read More »
Mileage: ~53; Elevation: ~5400
This week was a bit of a break after last weekend’s big numbers. Overall, I feel good about my training these past six, seven or eight months and at this point I’m just trying to stay healthy until Leadville. In keeping with that goal, my plan is to alternate a big week of running with a week of consistency-focused running. I wanted everything to feel easy this past week, and for the most part it did.Read More »
Finally, a slump-buster week. June was a rough month for me. After my DNF at the Jemez Mts. 50M race, my motivation and enthusiasm for all things running was low. To put that much time and effort into a race to not have a positive outcome was tough mentally, not[…]Read More »
After spending any significant amount of time in the mountains, it becomes obvious that personal fitness and training are only a few of the many factors that determine success. Trail-running in general, and mountain courses specifically, are not sterile, precise environments. Unforeseen obstacles can derail the most well-planned and executed[…]Read More »
Mileage: ~54; Elevation: ~6,500′
Monday: 3.50M. Uphill recovery power-hike/run, followed by core endurance workout.
Tuesday AM: 3.5M hill repeats workout. 6×400 meter repeats.
Tuesday PM: 5M recovery run around the neighborhood, followed by upper body workout.
Wednesday PM: 10k easy run, followed by lower body workout.Read More »
Mileage: ~45; Elevation: ~4,400′
Monday PM: ~5k uphill recovery walk with ~1400′ gain. My legs felt surprisingly good for barely 48 hours after an ultra. This felt just like a recovery effort should, leaving me refreshed after finishing my walk and core workout.
Tuesday AM: ~3.5M uphill run. 6x400meter uphill efforts, with ~550′ of gain. Not a bad effort here either.
Tuesday PM: Half hour recovery run around the neighborhood, followed by an upper body workout.Read More »
I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the Cedro Peak 45k this past weekend. I had sampled part of the course (or so I thought), and wasn’t particularly enamored with it. I also wasn’t sure about my own fitness. I’ve been putting in lots of 20 miler long runs and B2B weekends recently, so in theory I should have felt well-prepared for 45k (27.9 miles) of running, but pre-race doubts aren’t an unusual feeling for me.Read More »
Mileage: ~43; Elevation: ~4,300′ Race week finally! Monday: Rest. That’s right, an actual complete day of rest from running. I believe this is my first non-running day since January, but I really felt like I needed it. I knew there was no real compelling reason to train today and that[…]Read More »