A belated 50 Miler Training – Preseason Week 1 Recap

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This week I decided to work on raising my mileage.  Unlike marathon training where I go for speed, my focus is time and miles.  More time on my legs, more miles, getting comfortable with a mental state of mind when I’m not running at my fastest.  For a type A personality whose always racing to reach her goal, pacing myself towards a 50 miler won’t be easy.  I burn out at races because as soon as I start I want to go at my fastest, which as anyone that reads enough running advice and articles, knows is not the best strategy for long distance.  I may get away with it at half marathons and to some degree at a marathon, but this stubbornness to go all out until I burn out won’t fly for 50 miles.

I decided my “official” training will start January 1st because with holidays and my own laziness I know it will take me a few weeks before I get used to doing double-digit runs on both days of the weekend and basing my runs on time vs. miles.  I’ll start my recap in reverse because all the action happens on the weekend and the rest of the week is just filler and fluff.  So here you go, the bad, the good and the boring.

Sunday – 6.5 Miles 52 minutes – Home Treadmill
It wasn’t exhaustion that kept me from running but pure procrastination until I ran out of time and had to get ready for a party instead of running.  By the time I was like o wait, maybe I should stop watching Vampire Diaries and go run, I had about an hour of free time so I banged this out because I figured better than nothing.

Saturday – 16 Miles – 3 hrs 15 minutes – 8 miles trail, 8 Miles road
If you want a real humbling experience, run the Skyline trail (hardest trail in the Middlesex Fells) with a bunch of guys training for 100 milers.  Yup, I joined the TARC group of ultrarunners in one of their billion mile loops they did that day in the fells and I got my butt handed to me literally twice as I tumbled and fell.  I did get a killer bruise to show off as well.  Did I mention I have a huge, like paralyzing fear of running downhill on trails, or going downhill on mountains.  The trail itself is probably around moderate level for hiking difficultly but the steep downhill parts paralyzed.  I did get a little better and more comfortable as I ran but definitely have a long way to go.  8 miles took me 2 hrs 10 minutes for a humbling 16:15 pace.  I ran 2 road miles to get to the trail and then 6 road miles afterwards to try to regain my confidence.  Those 8 road miles were about an 1 hr 5 minutes.

As NYC kid, I used to consider Prospect Park to be the wild terrain   Needless to say trails and trail running is not natural to me.  Hopefully TARC kids will let me tag along again in the coming weeks.  My 50 miler on my easier and flatter terrain but training on the skyline trail with people who are much faster and better than me will force me to get more confident and braver on the downhill slopes as I struggle to try to keep up.  I need to get more confident in my footing and conquer my fear of the downhill.

Friday – Rest! 

Thursday – 7 miles – 57 Minutes – Work TM Incline 2

Wednesday – 6.1 miles – 53 Minutes – Work TM Incline 3

Tuesday – 10 miles – 57 Minutes – Work TM Incline 2
Alternated between 7.3 and 7.5 MPH

Monday – 8 miles – 1hr 11 Minutes – Work TM Incline 2 & 3

Total Miles 53.6 Miles

So I wanted to get to 60 miles but my own laziness got the best of me.  Good thing this week was just a preseason training week ;).

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