Here’s another workout of the week. I know! Weekly, even.
Over the past couple months, I’ve been building the distance of my long trail run about 15 minutes per week. Yesterday was targeting 4 hours and I did that plus about 5 minutes. That’s a long time to be running, but probably only half as long as I’ll be going at Uwharrie 40. I try not to think about that too much.
The run went fine. It wasn’t about fast, just getting through it in one piece. At this point- about a month and a half out from the race- I have another big week that includes 3 hours on the course itself and a 50k in Carrboro. Two weeks after the 50k is some “speed work” in the form of a 10 mile trail run.
I’m not sure what kind of recovery will be necessary after the 50k, so I haven’t nailed down a specific training schedule yet for January. However, I would like to get out to Occoneechee Mountain for some downhill repeats to inoculate my quads against the brutality of 40 miles in Uwharrie will bring. There’s a big hill to roll down at the very end and I’d like to do it feet first. Also, if I can pull it off, a trip out to run some longer climbs in the mountains would be great.
Anyway, this is about my longest run to date in the midst of a couple of 60 mile weeks following several 50+ mile weeks. That’s quite good for me. In fact, I can think of only one other time I’ve run more than 50-something miles and I’ve probably run fewer than 15 50+ mile weeks in my life. With all the slow trail running, though, it’s working out.