Sunday, April 24, 2016

Base Week 2

Two weeks of base building down.  Many to go.  I kept the mileage at 33 this week.  My long run of 10 miles was a bit faster this week.  I had a strong finish similar to last week, but was a lot stronger in the middle miles.  I felt great all the way through, but after I finished I thought I may have gone a little faster than necessary.  I felt great the next day, and still haven't done any workouts so recovery was not a problem.

The best part of my week was running at 6 AM three times this week before 12 hour shifts at work.  I've really struggled to run before work over the past year, and running after standing for 12 hours sucks.  Sticking to that will be huge in getting my miles up.  After two weeks of 33 miles on 6 runs, I'll increase to 36 this week.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Base Building Week 1

My first week of base building is in the books.  My goal for the week was 33 miles with a 10 mile long run.  After my 6 and change today I finished the week at 33.79 miles.  My quads were a little sore on Monday and Tuesday but felt fine after warming up.  I took one day off, Thursday, after working a 12 hour shift.  My shortest run of the week was a 3 miler on Wednesday.  It felt odd to only be out there for that little amount of time.  My long run on Friday was awesome.  I started off slow with a few high 7 minute miles, picked it up gradually through out, and had a couple strong miles at 8-9 in 6:47 and 6:43.

One week down!  I'll do 33 miles again this week, then increase it the following week.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Update

From February into March, I had my best training block in a very long time.  I eclipsed 40 miles all four weeks and ran some incredible workouts.  In the past month I've also traveled to Portland, OR and Pennsylvania so my routine was messed up a little bit.  Despite this great month of training, I started to feel myself getting a little stale.  Sure I was going through some fatigue and soreness from the increased mileage, but it was more mental.  I've been doing 5k training for more than a year now.  Even with the massive improvements I've made, I really think I need to go through a different cycle of training.

I've thought about this for a few weeks and have decided it's time to work on my base.  Over the next 2-3 months I'm going to focus completely on base training.  Easy miles.  After a few weeks I'll throw in some threshold and some sprints to keep my legs sharp.  I'm also going to post my results weekly to keep myself accountable.