The North Face 50M: Weeks 14 & 15

Hello!  It’s been a while.

Now that my peak weeks have come and gone and it’s practically race week, it’s probably time to finish recapping all this running I have been doing that kept me from blogging.  Weeks 14 and 15 were my last 2 big weeks of training and were piggy backing off of 2 previous big weeks.

Week 14 – Week of October 29th

Monday: rest
Tuesday: 8.1 mile road run
Wednesday: am 8.9 mile road run, pm 6.1 mile road run
Thursday: 11.3 mile road run
Friday: 8 mile run Drive over 500 miles in the span of less than 24 hours to hold my brand new nephew for a couple hours.  This dropped my mileage a little bit (goal was mid-90s for the week), but I was more than happy to not run this day.

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Saturday: 26 mile trail run/5:07:27/4806’ gain

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I was reunited with Jojo after way too long.  We ran about 18 miles together in the headlands, including a new favorite trail and a ridiculous sunrise, then I tacked on another 8 to finish day 1.

Sunday: 26 mile trail run/4:56:53/3847’ gain

This run was tough for me.  I knew going into this weekend that the back to backs of the same distance were going to be a challenge and I was right.  I really think the 25/25 or 26/26 back to backs are a big test during 50 mile training and harder mentally than say 24/32.  There is something about having one day be less mileage than the other that just makes it a little easier on the brain.  I made this a little tougher on myself as well by purposefully making Day 2 solo.  Yay mental training!  On top of the mental aspect, my body never really warmed up and I just never really found a good groove… but I finished and kept myself together pretty well for not feeling great.

I have personally found that there is always at least one run during a training cycle where you really have to battle it out and dig deep.  Usually this is the run that you look back on during future training cycles and when times get tough during races.  This was that run for me.

I also happened to run into the Mt. Diablo trail half marathon that I ran last year as my “test run” before signing up for AR50.  That half marks a turning point in my trail running and it was fun to compare where I was last year to what I was doing this day.

Totals for Week 14
Miles: 86.4
Time: 15:29:21
Elevation Gain: ~9,000’

I ended up being glad that this week was a tiny bit of a step back mileage wise (especially since it was week 3 of 4) and gave me some good momentum going into my last big week.

Week 15 – Week of November 5th

Monday: rest
Tuesday: 8 mile road run
Wednesday: am 11.1 mile road run, pm 5.1 mile road run
Thursday: 7.3 mile trail run
Friday: 8.1 mile trail run, 4.4 mile road run
Saturday: 24.1 mile trail run/4:39:29/4275’ gain

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This was such a beautiful day for a run in the Headlands.  I met up with Jojo and Jessica to run a bunch of the North Face course.  We all ran about 14 miles together, then I tacked on another 8.

Sunday: 32.7 mile trail run/7:01:34 (moving)/7,697’ gain

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Inside Trail Mt. Tam 50k!  I ran the first 18+ with Jessica and Jojo, then the last 14+ with Jojo.  It was an awesome, tough day on the trails where I finished off my peak training and my biggest mileage week.  I think this weekly mileage will be standing for a while!

Totals for Week 15
Miles: 100.9
Time: 19:11:21
Elevation Gain: 14,580’

And just like that, I started to taper (and actually took tapering to a whole new level for me).  I promise it won’t be another 3 weeks for those recaps.

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5 Responses to The North Face 50M: Weeks 14 & 15

  1. Cate November 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    I am still totally in awe of your 100 mile week! You’re going to do amazing at NFEC!!

  2. Lisa November 25, 2012 at 5:15 am #

    Yay for new nephew!!! Yay for a 100+ mile week!!! Yay for all of it :)

  3. Rache November 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    Wow. You are going to kill it at NF50. Your training is so impressive.

  4. Marlene November 26, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    Way to tackle those last couple of big weeks. I’ve said it before but your mileage boggles my brain. ha!

    YAY new nephew. :) Congratulations!

    And hello race week!

  5. courtney November 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    congrats on your nephew! he’s precious! being an aunt is so awesome! also, WHOA AWESOME MILEAGE, nice work!

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