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Visit to Memorial Hermann Ironman Human Performance and Sports Medicine Institute

Training Block 3/5: for Rocky Raccoon 100 miler
10/24/2014

Visit to Memorial Hermann Ironman Human Performance and Sports Medicine Institute

I enjoyed this fourth training block the most.  This phase consisted of three consecutive weeks of building higher mileage followed by one week of recovery, as opposed to four weeks of training and one week off.  Now that my weekly mileage is around 80-90 and soon to be at 100 miles, my body needs more recovery time.  I’ve also allowed for two days a week as rest days.  The difference I’ve noticed is I’m feeling fresher for the longer runs while I’m increasing mileage each week, and I’m not having the pain I was beginning to experience towards the end of the last training block.

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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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