Training for the week 7/9 to 7/15 was exactly where I wanted it to be. Having lost the prior week with Lyme Disease, I was hoping to get back to high mileage, and after a rough beginning to the week, where my energy was still on the low side and I was still feeling effects from Lyme, medication, or both, I fought through it. The result was a peak week in my built up to the Canadian Death Race with my final long run (6 hours over 34 miles) at week’s end. A bonus was that at 86 total miles for the week, give or take 4, I hit the highest weekly mileage I’ve done in a long, long time.
Mon: 5 miles, tempo-ish – road
Tues: 5.65 miles, social – road
Tues II: 8 miles, tempo – road
Wed: 11.5 miles – trails
Thurs: 8 miles, easy start, tempo rest of the way – road
Thurs II: 5 miles, easy – trails
Fri: 4 miles, easy – road
Sat: 34 miles in 6 hours w/~5000 feet of elevation gain @ Wachusett Mountain – trails/mountain
Sun: 6 miles, VERT Race – trails
Total miles: 86 miles
Tuesday: 8 mile tempo run on bike path near work. Felt lethargic although went out aggressive and worked into tempo pace despite still feeling like crap. Solid run in just over 50 minutes.
Wednesday: 11.5 mile trail run, two loops in Ward Reservation.
Saturday: 34 miles in 6 hours @ Wachusett Mountain. Died about 4 hours in. Very humid. Ran roughly 5:45 of the time.
Sunday: 2.35 miles @ VERT Sasquash Trail Race, 15:08 (6:28 pace), on trails with some hills. 18th place overall of ~500, 4th Master.
Begin taper. Keep up some of the mid-week mileage, but start scaling back. I am now under three weeks out from the Death Race!