Brief Training Update

Holy Cow, I ran a 50 mile week without a race. Ok, so my week wasn’t all that impressive, but […]

By on July 15, 2007 | Comments

Holy Cow, I ran a 50 mile week without a race. Ok, so my week wasn’t all that impressive, but a step in the right direction for a number of reasons.

First, I ran every day. I need to keep that up (or close to it) for a couple more weeks.

Second, I ran 55 miles. That’s not huge by any stretch (I ran 80 mile weeks for 8 straight weeks during the spring of 2006, but it’s progress.

Third, I got in three quality runs. On Tuesday, I aborted my standard workout while running 2 miles and then 1 miles at 165 bpm. I felt shitty and so I stopped … BUT then I jumped into my road running club’s track workout. 400-800-1200-1200-800-400 with 400 rest. My times were 76, 2:43, 4:02, 4:04, 2:37, 74. It was the first time other than my first Hadd mini-test that I’d run faster than 6 minute pace in a LONG time. On Friday, I ran my second Hadd mini-test, which turns out to be a quality day. Today, I didn’t end up doing the 20+ mile run that I’d hoped I’d do, but did run a quality two hour effort on the trails around Great Falls Nat’l Park.

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Founding Editor of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for more than 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.