Training Recap: Dec. 25-31
The end of 2011! This week capped off my running for the year of 2011. It was a solid week of training and a great year. I ended the week with 134 miles, and the year with 5,710 miles.
One area of focus this week was: single! Single runs, that is. As you may know, when you get into high mileage training, training twice a day becomes a necessity at times, for various reasons. It is difficult to block off a single chunk of time that can fit in all that day's miles to be run, and it can be hard on the body to go too many times in a row. However, going long is the big idea when it comes to ultramarathons, so it is nice once in a while to remind the body of the way it feels to trudge on for twenty-plus miles on tired legs.
As a teacher, I had Christmas/New Year's break this week, so I decided to take complete advantage of the vacation and only run one time a day this week. It was also a good week for this because I was doing some traveling, and the relatively unfamiliar terrain and scenery provided a break in the monotony of my typical running routes. I was afforded the luxury of some nice bluffs in Iowa and Nebraska, which allowed for some decent climbing and descending. Here is how the week panned out:
|Sunday||19 mile run (rolling hills in Omaha, NE)|
|Monday||17 mile run (flat ground in Lincoln, NE)|
|Tuesday||17 mile run (flat ground in Lincoln, NE)|
|Wednesday||19 mile run (rolling hills in Lincoln, NE)|
- 10 minute warm up
- 3 x bluff climb
- 35 minute recovery run
- 1 x bluff climb
- 50 minute cool down
|Saturday||20 miles (technical trails)|