Monday, May 31, 2010

Weekly Training Summary (Badwater Training Week 4 of 10)

Just a quick, few points about Week 4 Badwater training and what is to follow....
  • Despite all of the training and no taper for the Pineland Farms 50 Mile Trail Race, still managed to PR by over 15 minutes (8:49:19).  After mile 30 it was an absolute struggle to climb just about any hill as the legs had no interest in going uphill. Full race report to follow in the coming days.
  • 97.75 miles for the weeks puts the "Average Per Week Over 10 Weeks Prior to Badwater" at 100 mi/wk, well ahead of last year's total 10-week prior average of 43.35.
  • With 6 weeks left to train for Badwater, total miles since Umstead 100 is at 401.38, only about 32 miles less than last year's total miles since Umstead 100.
  • I'm not a big supplement person, but I've been using an energy drink for the last few months called PHIX and I am loving it.  It is not engineered for endurance running at all (only 36 calories), but I've been using it prior to long training runs, and drank one serving during the race on Sunday - for me, it has been simply amazing and provides a big boost with no crash when needed.  More on that in a separate post to come.
  • Jamie and David Donaldson are two great friends.  Next weekend I will head to Colorado to stay with them for 3 days of what I can only describe as "death training" and "hell weekend" with one of the best ultra runners around in preparation for Badwater. Jamie describes the planned weekend as follows, and I can only imagine that it will be insane for this sea-level living, average runner -   "What I was thinking is….Mt. Evans — a long road which takes you up to 14,000 feet and then you run back down (which is great training  for down Towne’s Pass).  Then some training work up Pike’s Peak in CO Springs (where Anton use to train all the time). Then this crazy thing called the Incline where Apollo Ohno trained for the Olympics."  Ok, seriously, just shoot me now.

Monday, May 24, 2010
AM - 6 miles in 53:56.
PM - Core work and weights.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
AM - Hill Repeats, 8.70 miles in 1:17:11.
PM - 9.5 miles in 1:27:16 - Ran with Peter L. at Rockefeller State Park.

Elevation Profile of Tuesday PM Run
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
6.10 miles in 58:35 at Rockefeller State Park.

Thursday, May 27, 2010
9.25 miles in 1:25:30 at Rockefeller State Park.

Friday, May 28, 2010
5.00 miles in 41:52.

Saturday, May 29, 2010
3.20 miles in 25:56 with Brian Krogmann.

Sunday, May 30, 2010
Pineland Farms 50 Mile Trail Race (New Gloucester, Maine) - 8:49:19, a new 50-mile PR.  Separate race report to follow.  Below is a comparison of the two elevation profiles of the race - Garmin vs Race Website (the Garmin reported 3,346 feet of gain).  The Garmin profile covers the entire 50 miles, while the Race Website profile only covers the 25k loop.  Still, interesting to see.

Garmin Elevation Profile of Pineland Farms 50 Mile Trail Race

Race Website Elevation Profile of Pineland Farms 50 Mile Trail Race
NEXT WEEK'S GOAL : Survive training weekend with Jamie.

Updated comparison of this year's Badwater training to last year's:


  1. A PR by 15 minutes?! Great news. Sounds like the Badwater training is coming along swimmingly. Have a great time during your "death training" in the West.

  2. Good luck on the incline, I went up it about 10 days ago and I'm still recovering :)