This was a good solid week of training. Nothing special, but I did finally get in a longer trail run. The walk-jogs I'm doing to recover and simulate the walking I'll do at Umstead 100 are nice changes to my normal routine. I basically have 6 months of training until the 100 miler. I feel ready to progress...with a slight hesitation due to my right arch being a bit sensitive. It's actually above the arch, toward the ankle (but not the ankle itself). An odd place for pain. I'll keep an eye on it. Otherwise, I feel my basic aerobic fitness is beginning to come back and I have no other nagging injuries. I hope to have about 40 miles for this coming week (Oct 1-7), then the week of Oct 8-14 will see my first fall ultra (Farmdale 30 miler). After that, the real training begins!
|Max Distance:||14.46 mi|
|Avg Distance:||6.34 mi|
|Avg Speed:||4.8 mph|
|Avg HR:||112 bpm|
|Max HR:||162 bpm|
I sure am keeping the average heart rate low! Guess the extra walking and slow jogging tends to sway the average. Of course, that 162 high heart rate is a bit of an anomaly...think that was when I was trying to catch another runner while running barefoot on Saturday. I caught them with 1/4 mile to go. In general, I'm trying to keep my heart rate below 150 to strengthen my fat burning and reduce the chance of injuries. Maybe one "tempo" run per week to build stamina and keep the leg turnover high.
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