“There’s never a top to the mountain. Each summit just gives us a better vantage point for the next peak. How high do you want to climb? Give yourself permission to be a giant. “Realistic” is an interesting word we throw around, but we’re talking about going past your current context. Who cares if your big picture goal is a bit unrealistic?”
-Chandler Stevens, “Go Big: Be Your Own Coach” from Breaking Muscle.
“Being prepared means getting to the point where you can forget about all the preparation you’ve done, because you trust that it’s done. You can do all the training in the world, but if it doesn’t translate into trust and confidence in yourself, you’re never going to be able to relax. If you can’t relax, you can’t improvise, or respond intelligently to the actual situation as it unfolds in real time. ”
-Riley Holland, “Get a Samurai Mindset: Unshakeable and Invincible” from Breaking Muscle
“The idea is to be brave not perfect. It’s to be resilient not flawless, confident not complete. . . The best athletes don’t train to be perfect! They train to tolerate discomfort. If you cannot adjust, you lose. Life will never conform to your plan.”
-Eddie Pinero, “Your World Within”
“Average is the norm for a reason. Being exceptional demands extra effort, sustained inspiration and uncommon discipline. When we attempt to give flight to our dreams, we have to overcome the weight of opposition. Like gravity, life’s circumstances constantly pull on our dreams, tugging us down to mediocrity.”
-John C. Maxwell
Some of my fav quotes above, this training cycle!
I ran my 100 mile race, Mogollon Monster, on September 17, 2017. For the first 2-3 weeks, after the race, I did little to no running. I start with no running or exercise for about 5 days. Then, I sat on the bike for a few days. I ended the 2-3 weeks, post race with the bike and hiking on the treadmill, mixed with some running.
I started training for Lookout 50 in October. Here is a brief overview of the months post-100 and leading up to my race next weekend!
October 2017 (249.46 miles/32,455′)
- October 2-8: 48.33 miles
- October 9-14: 53.13 miles, 6504′ of ascent
- October 16-21: 74 miles, 14, 870′ of ascent
- October 23-28: 74 miles, 11,081′ of ascent
November/December 2017 (365 miles/65,636′)
- Oct/November 1-4: 75 miles, 11,833′ of ascent
- November 6-11: 74 miles, 11,507′ of ascent
- November 13-18: 73 miles, 13,753′ of ascent
- November 20-26: 73 miles, 16,341′ of ascent
- Nov/December 27-3: 70 miles, 12,202′ of ascent
My goal for Lookout 50 is 10:30, which is a 12:36 pace.
I like to try new things with each training cycle. Each race, distance, training, prepares my body for the race coming next. I work specifically with my trainer as I prepare in the weight room. I mix up speeds/climbing as I prepare with my training cycle.
For this race, I tried 3 new things. First, because of my time goal, my trainer suggested running parts of some of my running at race pace. I did this for a week and decided that I needed to get a little more uncomfortable. Race pace was not easy, but it was not uncomfortable enough. I decided to run 4/6 runs during the week, faster than race pace. I did this for the middle 6 weeks of my training. Second, I hiked on the treadmill for 3 miles at a time, rather than 2 miles at a time at an incline between 15%-18%. My race has a significant hill that is about 3 miles long. Finally, my trainer and I worked on power and plyometrics in the gym.
I am looking forward to race day!!