|The Wapack Trail|
|Another pic of Wapack Trail - MMT isn't the only place with rocks!!|
After a month of putting in 90+ mile weeks, I still had enough energy to run my biggest single training week of my life.
Monday - 6 miles on trails (50:04 - 8:22 pace). Beautiful day marred by tragedy at Boston. Shoes - La Sportiva Helios
Tuesday - AM: 15 miles on trails (2:04:42 - 8:19 pace). Ran the trails hard. Attacked the hills but legs felt smoked at the top of each one. Shoes - La Sportiva Helios
PM: 5.6 miles (49:38 - 8:52 pace) from house to Memorial Field. Ran very easy pace and met 25 or so local runners to do a mile for Boston. Shoes - Skechers Go Run 2
Wednesday - 10 miles of trails (1:25:04 - 8:31 pace). First run of the year at the powerlines. Super muddy, rocky and wet. Shoes - Montrail Fluid Flex
Thursday - 15.5 miles of roads and trails (2:04:49 - 8:04 pace). Ran the hilliest roads I can find in my area. Incorporated the steep powerlines trail section then did 2 one mile hill intervals (up and down). 2400 ft elevation gain. Legs were dead first couple miles then loosened up. Shoes - Hoka Bondi Speed
Friday - 10 miles of trails (1:25:03 - 8:31 pace). Ran very easy and felt great. Busted out one of my all time favorite shoes and remembered how much I love how they feel. Shoes - New Balance MT110
Saturday - 21.1 miles (4:55:41 -14:01 pace) Did the entire Wapack Trail with Adam, Ryan and Kristina. Excellent training for Massanutten. Nothing but rocks, mud and water. Lots of steep climbs with almost 5000 ft elevation gain/loss. Felt pretty good considering how many miles I have already this week. Shoes - La Sportiva Helios
Sunday - 30 miles (5:04:32 - 10:10 pace). Ran the Bow Snowmobile Trails. Met Ron for the first half and ran a very conservative pace as he is still recovering from Boston. The easy pace must have been just what I needed because the last 15 miles felt excellent at around a 8:30 pace. Shoes - La Sportiva Helios
Summary - 113.2 miles in 18 hours 36 minutes
I was dreading this week but in the end it actually turned out pretty good. Nothing hurts and I'm optimistic about getting one more big week in before I start the three week taper. This week also marks 3 weeks since I have had any flour/wheat, sugar (except fruit) or alcohol. For running fuel I have been using only dates and nuts. Most of the time I just pack some Larabars (peanut butter cookie flavor) I'm surprised at how well it has been working.
I spent a lot of time in the La Sportiva Helios as I'm leaning towards them as my shoe of choice for the big race. They have performed very well and I should have a review up on www.runblogger.com sometime soon.
|La Sportiva Helios|