The North Face 50M: Week 13

With the dark mornings and evenings, I have really had to stick to road running during the week lately.  It works and I am still getting my mileage in, but I miss the trails!  My legs were a little cranky this week from all the pounding, but I think they are getting used to it.  It definitely makes me appreciate those days I do get to run on the trails. 


8 mile road run

Pre-work run with the coworkers.

8.2 miles/1:19:17/9:40 avg

am: 7 mile road run
pm: 7 mile road run
1 hour yoga

I met up with Cate very early for a rainy morning run.  I didn’t look at my watch once until the end and was shocked when I saw the average pace.  I never run that fast anymore, and the best part was I didn’t even really notice!  I guess that’s what happens when you run with fast people.

7.0 miles/1:03:32/9:02 avg

At lunch I went to yoga for some stretching and I did my first “real” (assisted) handstand!  I am not a big fan of being upside down, but was proud of myself for trying and staying up as long as I did (with help, but still!).

I went out that evening for my double day and felt so great that I kept on running.  I do NOT know where this run came from either – I guess my legs just wanted to run a little faster than normal.  It reminded me of the days when I used to run sub 9s all the time.  It was fun for a few miles.

7.0 miles/1:02:27/8:55 avg

12 mile road run

Part solo, part with friends.

12.0 miles/1:52:15/9:20 avg

photo 6

6 mile trail run

Ahhh the trails!  My legs were feeling all the pavement miles this week and were achy, knotted and stiff come Friday.  I was so happy to get out on the soft dirt and it was even better than expected.  The rain from earlier in the week made the dirt so soft, it felt like I was running on pillows.  My legs were so happy.

6.1 miles/1:04:49/10:37 avg/802’ gain

photo 7

23 mile trail run

I have reached the point in training where the low 20 mile runs don’t seem so long anymore.  Hah!  I just wanted to get out and have a good run without pushing too much since I knew the next day I would be running really far.  I felt really strong and my achy, tired legs actually felt better half way through this run.

23.0 miles/4:14:39/11:03 avg/3082’ gain

(photo by Derrick Tsang)

30 mile trail run

Inside Trail Lake Folsom 50k!  A strong run I was very happy with.

30.4 miles/5:36:45/11:04 avg/2050’ gain

Totals for Week 13
Miles: 93.8 – a new weekly mileage PR!
Time: 16:13:44 (+ 1 hr yoga)
Elevation Gain: 7,142’

Two more big weeks of running between me and the already dreaded taper.  I am feeling strong and continuing to just make sure I stay healthy.  Vitamins, sleep, rolling, yoga, ART, etc. are all very high on my priority list right now.  I am hoping to really focus my long runs on elevation gain over the next two weeks to get these legs ready for a ton of climbing come December 1st!

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6 Responses to The North Face 50M: Week 13

  1. lauren @ Sassy Molassy October 31, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Solid week of training, Aron! It gets so dark so early that I stick to not only paved roads, but main streets these days for safety if I’m by myself, which is quite often.

  2. Jen November 1, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Congrats on your weekly mileage PR! I’m looking forward to the day that running 20 miles isn’t a big deal anymore – I’m running my first 20+ mile run this weekend!

  3. Nicole November 1, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    AWESOME week! Now I know why you didn’t join us on Saturday – you were out running even farther on the trails!

    I love when you have what feels like an easy run and your average pace is fast!

  4. Lisa November 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    You’re seriously my hero! I’m going to channel my inner Aron this weekend during my first 50 miler!!!

  5. greengirlrunning November 3, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    What an awesome week for you! And congrats on your mileage PR! I’ve been running with a friend who will be running the North Face Challenge marathon distance… so excited for you both! I’m running the US Half tomorrow as part of my last 20 miler before CIM. I’ll think of you running high 20s and 30s and hopefully my 20 will feel like a piece of cake ;) Wishful thinking!

  6. Marlene November 5, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    93 miles! Holy shamoly! Great solid week, even though you got stuck on the roads more than you’d like. Boo darkness!

    Awesome race!!

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