Fitness week recap – 8/12/2019

Week Starting 8/12/2019
 36.6 miles
 23.4 miles
Steps: 127,019
 (60.14 miles –  23.54 walking)

Impression: Another race week! I got so wrapped up in the return travel that I completely forgot to post my weekly recap. So I’m doing it a couple days late, in lieu of my weekly “review” post.

This Saturday I did the Marquette 50K race, which was a completely different race than the Badger 100K. Whereas Badger was flat and non-technical, Marquette was some of the most technical terrain I’ve run on. There were large swaths of easy running, but when it got rough, it got really rough. I’ll post more in my race report later.

Apart from the race I’ve tried to keep it low key last week, and so I only did a couple of runs and bike rides. The technical terrain at Marquette hit my legs harder than Badger, so I’ve probably got some slower recovery ahead of me before I’m back to 100%. Overall though, I’m feeling good and moving well. So far, the majority of the rest of my year is pacing duties until I get to Tuscobia. That means that training will be more general fitness and not targeted towards anything specific. I might toss in another race, but I haven’t decided yet.

Fitness week recap – 8/5/2019

Week Starting 8/5/2019
 12.3 miles
 34.1 miles
Steps: 77,168
 (37.05 miles –  24.75 walking)

Impression: Recovery week! I kept it really low key this week for two reasons. One, I had just run 62 miles. The second reason being that I have another race, the Marquette 50K, next weekend. These two weeks are going to be nice and simple.

I kept away from running until Friday to give my body time to heal. However, even by Tuesday I discovered that I was feeling almost back to normal. If there’s one thing I can take away from this entire training cycle and race, it’s how well I was able to bounce back. I feel like my weekly mileage was really strong, and I kept my pace slow and steady, and didn’t push for speed. That meant my body was able to do incredible things, but at the same time, recover from them much quicker than when I did my 50 mile.

I managed a bit of biking this week as well, including a beautiful epic, nearly 30 mile, ride on the Gateway Trail on Sunday with my wife and friend Abe. I did experience fatigue a bit quicker than I normally would, so it’s obvious that things are still not fully 100%. Plus, we were pushing the pace quite a bit, and that was probably more difficult on my body than it was ready for. It was still a great day on the trail though.

Next week… 50K on the bucket list.

Fitness week recap – 7/29/2019

Week Starting 7/29/2019
 67.9 miles
 3.6 miles
Steps: 195,536
 (95.67 miles –  27.77 walking)

Impression: Race week! This week was two small runs, a quick bike commute to the train station, and then the big race. I completed my first every 100K. I felt tremendously ready for this race, and everything was going great till about mile 50. After that everything fell apart and I learned some good lessons. I’ll write up a full race report later this week with all the details.

One of the bad things that happened to me, was that I got a couple of really bad blisters on the balls of my feet. I’m not sure how quickly I’ll be back to running, so this week might be another down week before I head out of town for the Marquette 50K next weekend.

Fitness week recap – 7/22/2019

Week Starting 7/22/2019
 24.3 miles
 62.5 miles
Steps: 105,642
 (51.94 miles –  27.64 walking)

Impression: The taper begins for Badger 100K. I kept my running mileage really low this week, and stuck to a proper taper. That means just under 25 miles completed. For my long run on Saturday I hit Afton State Park and got in an AMAZING 10 mile run. At one point I was feeling so good that I dropped everyone in the group and just cruised through the Snowshoe Loop, flowing with the singletrack like it was a ride.

I did up my bike miles a bit this week, including a nice quarter century ride with the wife on the Dakota Rail Trail. We didn’t take it easy on this either, and managed a 14mph speed for the average of the ride. I also managed to get in a solid push at the end, just barely getting a 5 mile segment under 20 minutes. I do think that I’m at the limit of what I (and my bike) can accomplish at this moment. I felt good throughout the ride, but I know that I probably can’t push it much harder than I did.

My hope is to still post this review next week, however I’ll be returning from my race, so there’s a chance it might end up on Monday morning instead.

Fitness week recap – 7/15/2019

Week Starting 7/15/2019
 44.3 miles
 22 miles
Steps: 143,483
 (72.56 miles –  28.26 walking)

Impression: This week is peak week before my 100K in two weeks. That meant that I had to put a lot of biking aside, and spend more time on feet. The culmination of the week was when my friend Mike and I hit the Luce Line trail for a long Friday night gravel run. Our original intent had been to do 20 miles on the trail, however, Friday also saw the highest temperatures and humidity of the season. The dew point hit 80 degrees in the afternoon/evening, and despite a quickly dropping temp, the first 4 miles of the run was miserable. We kept carrying on and I decided to cut the run at 15 miles. By that point, the toll from the earlier heat, and the oppressive bugs made me decide that it was enough.

Mike suggested a 5 mile run in the morning to round it out, and after sleeping about 6 hours I decided to go ahead and follow his advice. I then wrapped up the weekend with a 10 mile run this morning. It’s certainly not my highest weekly mileage ever, but it’s up there. I’m ready for a couple weeks of tapering before the big race. I’ll probably focus a bit more on biking the next 14 days as a way to keep cardio going, but keep pressure off my feet.