Last year the Ultra-Mega-Transect (it’s really called this) kicked my proverbial. 28 miles or so took 7hrs 45min, we covered 6,000 feet of elevation change including a 3/4mile uphill rock climb and I was sore for a week afterward. It was awesome but this year I resolved to prepare a bit better.
I’ve been “doing stuff” all year – what some would call training but it’s really too ad-hoc for that. I’ll document what I’ve done in the hopes that next year I’ll re-read this and actually get an idea of I did right and wrong.
Last year – training consisted of, in my own words [LINK]:
“I think I’ve done about as much as I could’ve given the time constraints. I’ve put in a lot of miles both trail and road. Mostly road. Some long runs. Nothing crazy.”
- I purchased a Weight Vest (the 40lb v-Force here [LINK]) at the start of the summer and have been doing the “Murph” and running hills with 25lbs in the pack.
- I ran most of the summer, 7-8miles on the road, 1-2 times/week.
- I swam a bit. Not much. I still suck at swimming.
- Last couple of weeks I’ve been doing the “long run” on the trails – 12 miles, 16miles, 20 miles, 24miles, and this weekend 16miles.
I’ve developed some weird nerve pain in my left leg/shin/foot – pins and needles type thing. Very weird. Also I think I hyper-extended my knee and mildly pulled my hamstring. I’m foam-rollering it and taking it easy the next two weeks. It’s hurting right now and continuously tightening up, even as I type this.
I’ve also been messing with my nutrition with varied results. Net-net Hammer Perpetuem does NOT work for me. Outside of running I cleaned up my diet and over the last 2 months I’ve lost about 15 pounds to get down to fighting weight.
The race is in 2 weeks. Overall I’m not sure if I’m better prepared or worse. Ignorance was definitely good last year and this year I think I’ve mentally psyched myself out.
Training has been different this year. Lot of reflection on my father. He was an amazing runner and would’ve have a lot of heartfelt advise delivered in the most caring, encouraging way that only he could. Drawing inspiration from other long-distance runners, Scott Jurek, Anthon Krupicka – those guys are un-be-lievable. I am sadly not even in the same stratosphere as my father or any of these guys but it’s good to have heroes.
Last year my average pace was 17mins. My simple goal is to break that. Run whenever I can. Leave it all on the mountain. Secretly I’m aiming for 14minutes a mile. “Let the pain go out your ears”. Considering the boulder field took something like 45 minutes for 3/4 mile last year I think this is highly unlikely. We’ll see how it goes.
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