Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Run 2014: Weeks 35 & 36

Week 35:
November 6
     6.41 in 1:21:59, average 12:47
     First full run in the dark. Low 40s F and sleeting. But fun! Does that make me weird?

November 8
     20.15 in 4:33:19, average 13:34
     A lovely run on the Indiana Trail 100 trail. We did one loop and then added a few miles at the end to make it add up to 20.

Week 36:
November 11
     Nothing for me but honorable mention for Justin. He's got mad skills.
     3.02 in 20:44, average 6:52
 November 13
     7.11 in 1:22:47, average 11:39
     A great run. Dark but dry. Pretty cold but no problems.

November 15
     15.96 in 3:26:34, average 12.57
     Scaled back a little for a rest week. Was cold and breezy. Around 20 when starting out.

After Nov 6th's cold, dark, wet run.

A good two weeks. Long runs have gone well. I'm pleased with our average speeds on the long runs. That average includes our stops. We're currently stopping at the same locations as the aid stations. So around miles 4, 9, & 14. This has been working well for me. I drink water between stops of course but stopping at certain times makes eating much easier for me. I don't eat and run well so this gives me a chance to focus on getting some food into me. Currently our snacks consist of: a full peanut butter and jelly sandwhich, six slices of ham, 7 oz of applesauce, a bag of Jelly Belly Sport Beans, and a package of Clif Shot Bloks. This is spread out over three or four rest stops with any extra being eaten after the run. In the car on the way home we eat leftover pizza and drink Nuun and water. And of course before we leave the house we have a large breakfast (eggs, pancakes, oatmeal, & banana). I know this sounds like a ton of food. But it's definitely not. We frequently have dinner at the usual time and occasionally we eat early despite having lunch between 1-2 pm. Let's just say that it's interesting keep us well fed given how much our training has ramped up in the last few months.

My ankles have been doing alright. I'm wearing a brace on each and that seems to be helping. My left ankle is fine between runs but the right one is sore when it's bent a lot (ie squatting). But it's doing alright. I had a little bit of a sore left knee after Nov 13th's run but by the 15th it was feeling fine and I didn't have any trouble with it. We've been doing about an hour of yoga after each long run. If you're looking for some good videos check out Yoga with Adrian on YouTube. She has several videos that work well for getting a thorough stretch in after a run. I'd start with the Yoga for Beginners video. It's one of my favourites.

We only have 5 weeks/4 long runs before the Huff 50K! Our plan at the moment is to do two more mileage increasing runs and then two taper weeks. We're really about there. We're both going to be breaking in new gore-tex shoes so that we have some backups in case it's pouring. Although if it's another year like 2011 (the year we volunteered at) we'll be screwed either way!

Here's hoping for dry weather!

Huff: 5 weeks

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