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More Base Building with a Few Obstacles

Training Block 3/5: for Rocky Raccoon 100 miler
09/12/2014

More Base Building with a Few Obstacles

The main focus for TB 3 of 5 is to steadily increase weekly mileage, as it’s another base training phase, and avoiding over-training and injury.  I began at the same weekly mileage that I had completed my last week of the prior training block, which was 60 miles.  What I had not planned for was getting sick, but looking back it was eventually going to happen as I was demanding more from my body and not allowing enough rest.  I first noticed something the morning after a massage when I got maybe 5-6 hours of sleep, and then went for a 7 mile run.  It was a rest week and instead of actually resting and getting enough sleep, I worked more hours and stayed up late several nights.  The day of the massage I did not drink enough fluids and so I think the toxins released during the massage just stayed in my body, and then the following morning’s run just made me more dehydrated.

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Base Building Phase

Training Block 2/5: for Rocky Raccoon 100 miler
08/03/2014

Base Building Phase

The main focus for TB 2/5 is building a base while listening to my body and taking care of it.  I also began recording heart rate data to see if there is any improvement over this period.  For the most part I hit my weekly mileage goals and felt comfortable with the increased mileage.  I also incorporated progression runs during some of my longer workouts and completed a few tempo workouts to get rid of the cobwebs.  There were two weekends with back-to-back long runs and those went well.  I’ll be doing more of these into TB 3/5 which will allow me an opportunity to begin mimicking race day fatigue, and more importantly doing so while properly recovering.

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Getting Over the Hump

Training Block 1/5: for Rocky Raccoon 100 miler
08/03/2014

Getting Over the Hump

My main focus for this training block is to start out easy and get back into a routine of running more consistently.   Only running 40 miles for the month of May and starting my training in June, I realize it’s going to be a much slower than usual progression towards feeling comfortable running.  The first step is and was the hardest.  There were quite a few days where I didn’t feel fresh and had little energy.  My legs were tired from being off for a while and it didn’t help that it’s heating up for the summer and humidity is upper 90%.  I didn’t hit all my weekly goals but I did get in 114 miles for this phase.

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