The Week of May 26-June 1, 2008

Through Friday, this week was looking like a can’t miss winner, as I’d already logged 43 miles and a great […]

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Through Friday, this week was looking like a can’t miss winner, as I’d already logged 43 miles and a great workout. Then exhaustion hit and planned weekends runs of 20+ and 10+ pathetically faded to a day off and an easy 5 miler. Read on to see what went down.

Synopsis of Week’s Training:
The week began with a Memorial Day run out on my favorite stretch of trail in the Shenandoahs – the climb up Neighbor Mountain from Jeremy’s Run. I had planned to run Neighbor Mtn repeats, but I bagged it after one trip due to heat and, more importantly, my bum rib.

Tuesday, I ran from The Firm after work in hopes of meeting with another Goat (Haverford rather than the WSGMRT variety) for a run from Pacer’s, the running store where he works. I miss timed things thinking that The Firm was closer to Pacers and ended up pushing the 5 miles to the store only to find out my buddy left half an hour early that day!

Another Wardian Wednesday morning run, another moderately paced 10 miles. While I hate getting out of bed at 5:30 a.m. (5:30 p.m. is ok), I never regret making it out for these runs.

Damn, I forgot how much I love the track and running “fast!” For the fourth straight week I hit the track and reeled off 5 consecutive miles between 6 and 6:10. This week’s bonus mile was added in light of a new challenge that popped up earlier in the week. It turns out I will be pacing Andy Jones-Wilkins for 40 miles rather than 20 miles in just four weeks at the Western States 100. I’ll be ready, but in the mean time I’ll keep concentrating on some faster paced training as well as work on building up my confidence.

Friday dawned with no rest for the weary. Dreamchaser Jay Batchen was in town and Wardian got himself, Jay, and I together for an morning run in Potomac Overlook Park. I really enjoy POP early in the morning and got my heart rate up as Iron Mike worked me on its hills.

Ok, I got my rest for the weary on Saturday. Despite going to bed on time, I didn’t get up early for my planned long run. Long story short, I never made it out to run. Instead, I took a two hour nap, got lots done around the house, and went to bed early. While I didn’t fare much better running wise on Sunday, I was part of a trail running photo shoot with some of my WUS friends. Basically, I got half naked, slathered myself in stinky mud, and stood around looking pretty (ugly) for four hours. As luck would have it, one couldn’t have asked for a nicer morning for mud slathering and standing around in the woods. In the evening I logged my first run with my roommate… it only took a month after she moved in. I was still sleepy and only ran an easy 5. Apparently I was really tired.

WUSsie trail gods and goddess. Photo by Tom Sperduto

By The Numbers:
Monday – 8. Easy mountain miles.
Tuesday – 6.5. Moderate.
Wednesday – 10.5. Moderate
Thursday – 9. 5 miles fast.
Friday – 9. Easy/moderate.
Saturday – 0. Exhaustered.
Sunday – 5. I looked better than I felt.

Weekly Mileage: 48.0
Year-to-Date Mileage: 1000.5
Three Week Moving Average: 50.5
Year-to-Date Weekly Average: 46.0

Upcoming Training Goals:
Get in the miles and get in a long run already! Get in two hard runs, a long run, and enjoy the Wasatch Mountains!

On Thursday, I head to Salt Lake City for a continuing legal education class on Friday morning… I’ll be running much as possible the remainder of my three days in the Wasatch. I heart Utah!

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.