It is official, I am registered for the Old Pueblo 50 mile run in Arizona. A friend of mine is running his first ultra and offered me a place to crash; how could I pass that up?! I think this race is right in my wheelhouse: hard, but not insane (see San Juan 50). Registration for the OP50 opened way later than I am used to and it was delayed a few weeks even. However, that may have worked out great for me. For this first time in many weeks, I am optimistic about how my body is feeling.
I have blogged about this before, but my plan is to increase the intensity of my workouts and decrease my miles. This is particularly true for my first race back. There is a chance I will come into the race under trained a bit, but if it means I am healthy, then I will take that. I don't think I have run an ultra at 100% yet. (I guess I did run the 2011 Leadville Trail Marathon at full speed, and that remains one of my best performances.) Anyway, I come up with a plan that blends together marathon training concepts (speed work and other various workout types) with ultra concepts (mostly just the weekend distance and sparing usage of B2Bs). I don't want to just jog around all day while ultra training. We'll see how well it works, but I am excited.
This week was a good one. I stayed on top of x-training and PT all week and the running exceeded my expectations. I feel like I am walking a tight rope, but I am just happy to be running again.
|Monday||Rest||P90x Legs and Back|
|Wednesday||5||Easy with my wife|
|Thursday||7||TM Progression with Hills|
|Friday||Rest||Iron Stregnth Workout|
|Saturday||13||MLR with buddies|
|Sunday||4||TM - Recovery|
|Total||35||About 2400 vertical feet|