This is what happens when I try hard not to close my eyes in a photo.Overall, I was really happy with my training plan last year for Snakebite 50k. The mileage was challenging, yet doable for me. I didn't miss many workouts due to fatigue or injury (most 'misses' were due to travel or schedule changes). So for the most part, this plan is very similar to the 50k training plan version 2.0 that I developed last year. The mileage is basically the same except for a little shifting for races that I already had on the calendar. I will still have 2 non-running days a week because that works well for my body, and I hope to be going steady with my foam roller (we kind of have a hot/cold relationship right now). The big changes that I hope to make are in execution.
Green numbers indicate races.
In my lessons learned post after the race last year, there were several things I had wanted to improve in the future and I will focus on those items this training cycle.
- Time on feet: Only one run during my last 50k training cycle was longer than 3 hours, the Troop Trot 39k. This was partially do to the fact that most of my long runs were on the road or treadmill and my pace kept them all below the 3 hour mark. I am aiming to make sure that I have several workouts (probably the three 20+ milers) that keep me on my feet for over 3 hours.
- Time on Terrain: I was sore after both the 50k and 39k. Much of this was due to the different stresses that trail running puts on your body and the fact that I didn't do a lot of trail training. This round I am hoping to get in several long trail runs (which will also help with item #1 above). This will improve both post race recovery and muscle fatigue on race day.
- Continue to work on fueling: My fueling went well last year during the race (no barfing, no major bonk), but I did feel my energy drop on the 3rd lap. I plan on continuing to try to fuels and strategies during this training cycle to make sure I am getting enough during the race.
- Strength training: Though I did do strength training during last year's training cycle, I didn't make it a priority. This year I plan on not only making it a regular occurrence during training, but I hope to develop a few strength training routines that I can rotate through to make it easier. My current strength training habits lack organization, so this is an opportunity to work on it in general.
Thoughts? Comments? Feelings? I always open to hearing them!