This week: June 23rd – June 29th is one of rest. I have been diligent with my bathing; cold and hot with epsom salt. I have been diligent with my stretching, eating, hydration and sleeping. I have had a very good massage from my former coach Ingrid Butts…. this massage really opened up my hips and lower back and has resulted in a much more fluid feel. I have run 3 times up to 90 min.. with yesterday’s run (thurs.) feeling great. I have taken a couple of days off and am really chomping at the bit to get out there and run hard and long again. Next week it begins.
Fortunately I have several people in my life to hold me accountable to other areas of life; spiritually, mentally, work-wise, etc. Without my wife, my pastors, my friends, and my parents, I would be out of whack… they keep me in line, and I have so much else to do in life that I love and enjoy.
With all that said, my training since October has been focused on winning Leadville this year. I have huge volume and been extremely consistent for going on 10 months. I am very fit and very healthy. I intend to win Leadville 2008. My training is with much purpose, discipline, and toughness. I am gearing up for this race like no other.
My training plans over the next 8 weeks includes:
June 23 – June 29: 40 miles ish. massage, pool, recov.
June 30 – July 6: 160 miles, 1 intensity day, 2 long runs. core, pool work.
July 7 – July 13: 180 miles, 1 intensity day, 3 long runs, core, pool work.
July 14-July 20: 100 miles, 2 intensity days, 1 long run, core. Desperation week (youth trip)
July 21 – July 27: 200 miles, 1 intensity day, 4 long runs, core, pool.
July 28 – August 3: 200 miles, 1 intensity day, 3 long runs, core pool. Front-loaded.
August 4- August 10: 80 miles, 1 intensity day, 1 medium run, core, pool.
August 11 – August 17: 135 miles including race. core, pool. rest. Win.
The runs during the week will primarily be at Hartman Rocks and the Signal Peak trails. The weekend runs will include trips to Leadville, Grand Mesa, Taylor Park, Crested Butte, and Mill Creek. One thing I really need to improve upon is my technical extreme downhill running, and running at altitude above 12,000 feet.