Training Recap: March 4-10

Hey folks! Exciting events on the horizon for me, and training is going great. This week brought 132 miles of running following a 30-mile Saturday long run. These high-mileage weeks after ultra-geared long runs of 30-plus miles are always interesting because the week starts with legs that are still trying to fully recover from the previous week's long run. This week transitioned fast though, partly because the six days before my Saturday long run were low key. By Tuesday morning my legs were feeling spry, allowing me to get in a solid nine-mile tempo run at 5:45 per mile pace on Wednesday morning.

My goal this week was to put in a solid effort mile-wise. I did not want anything too big because next week will likely be my highest-mileage week to date. (Actually, I guess it's this week, since this is a recap!) This brings up another interesting topic. Promises to Keep 135!!!

Please take a moment to check out the website. Promises to Keep is an event brought to us by My Team Triumph WI whose goal is “Honoring the 158 Wisconsin Soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.” It consists of a 135-mile route from Kenosha to Appleton. Two men, Roy Pirrung, and Brian Gruender will be running the entire 135 miles. I will be joining them at mile 65, and I will run the remaining 70 miles to Appleton. I am extremely excited to share 70 miles with these two, as well as the great service members who will be joining us along the way! I look forward to meeting some inspiring individuals, and I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday.

Also, coming up on March 15 is the official launch of Flotrail! I have already submitted my first blog for the website, addressing what it means to be an ultrarunner (to me at least), and some insight into what I will be blogging about in future posts.

Another fun thing I have coming up is with Pace Per Mile. If you don't already know, Pace Per Mile produces an endurance podcast, and I will be providing them with race previews, reports and recaps for endurance events in Wisconsin. If you are unfamiliar with Pace Per Mile, check them out. They have some great podcasts that address nutrition, training and products, as well as endurance-related interviews. I find myself clipping of lots of miles while listening to their podcast.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday 21.5 mile long run
Monday AM: 10 mile easy run
PM: 10 mile easy run
Tuesday AM: 10 mile easy run
PM: 10 mile easy run
Wednesday 10 mile tempo run
- 1 mile warm up, 9 mile tempo @ 5:45 pace
Thursday AM: 10 mile easy run
PM: 10 mile easy run
Friday AM: 10.5 mile easy run
PM: 10 mile easy run
Saturday 20 mile long run
Total 132 miles

March 2012 Training