As I have said in my previous blogs, I have a sole focus of training for the World Championships in Daegu on September 4th. After today I will have 100 days until the race, so the time for training and building my base has begun.
I am starting this training season coming off a 4th place finish at the US 25k Championships in Grand Rapids. 4th place was good enough, but it was not what I was hoping for. I was 3rd in this race last year and I was looking to improve off of that and possibly get my first US Title. But, I didn’t have what it took that day, after a pretty solid first 7 miles my legs were done, and I fell off of the lead group.
After the race Greg (coach) and I decided that a break was in order before our long buildup to Worlds. So I took the next week very easy, 3 days off, then 3 days of 30-40 minutes and then another day off. Now I’m in the middle of week 2 of training, having run 40-65 minutes just once each day. Nice and easy build up, but don’t worry by the time July and August come around I will be doing 140 miles over 13 runs each week.
Here is a look at what a typical 140-mile week looks like for me:
Monday AM: 12 mi (Workout) PM: 6 mi
Tuesday AM: 14 mi PM: 8 mi
Wednesday AM: 14 mi (Workout) PM: 6 mi
Thursday AM: 14 mi PM: 8 mi
Friday AM: 12 mi PM: 6 mi
Saturday AM: 22 mi (Long Run) PM: Off
Sunday AM: 12 mi PM: 6 mi
Most of my distance runs are done between 6:30 and 7:00 per mile, long runs will get a little bit faster towards the end. It is a pretty significant workload at 7000ft. altitude, it is both something that I look forward to and dread at the same time. This week I’ll only hit about 60 miles, so I still have a ways to go to get to this goal mileage.
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