I had planned on rolling through another triple-digit week of training. Instead, I opted to tone it down for a few days. After a solid 35-mile long run on the previous Saturday, I woke up on Sunday (April 14th) and felt great. Really. The legs were unhindered and my overall energy was solid. By that Sunday afternoon though – I was tanked. Fatigued. Sore. Tight. Tired. I tried to stay optimistic as I headed into the new week, but by the end of the day Monday I knew I’d have to keep the week fairly mellow. Generally speaking, I’m not sure what happened; but I am aware that the 225 miles over the previous 14 days was a large block of training, and I just needed to take a bit more time to absorb that work-load. I’m also thinking that I need to do a slightly better job fueling during long runs. I have a hunch that I’m under-fueling before, during, and after these 4 – 6 hour sessions – and as a result, leaving myself more depleted than I actually feel. Despite the fatigue, this still turned out to be a fantastic week. The weekend was filled with adventure at Zion National Park with the other ‘Elite Immortals’ on the UltrAspire Team at the annual UltrAspire Retreat. Tremendous Company. Great people. Incredible memories. Check out the details from the week that was below. Thanks for reading!
Monday – 4/15/13
PM: Woke up feeling tired and relatively unmotivated. This is rare for me – especially on a Monday morning. A sure sign that I need to take things easy for a few days. Had a productive day at WSCU and then headed out after work for a 1 hour jog on The Contour Trail. The first 15-minutes were solid, but then this devolved into a ‘survival-shuffle’. 1 hour training. 1 hour running. 7 miles running. SU/PU. Need to get some more rest.
Tuesday – 4/16/13
PM: Ran with Strategic Endurance Athlete Michael Bleakley. Headed out for a short and easy 45-minute run at lunch-time. Weather was fairly nice. Decent energy. 40-minutes training. 40-minutes running. 4 miles running.
Wednesday – 4/17/13
AM: Keeping things mellow again today. My body feels poisoned by fatigue. Whoa – that sounds harsh and dramatic. The reality though? I just need to prioritize sleep and focus on recovery again. I can tell that I’ve shirked my stretching and rolling routine for the past 5 days. Need to get back on it!
Thursday – 4/18/13
PM: Originally I was scheduled to travel to St. George, UT today for the UltrAspire Retreat at Zion National Park. Showed up at the Gunnison Airport to find that my flight was canceled though. So, I re-booked the same itinerary for the next day. Silver-lining? A productive day out-of-the-office. Solid day. In the later afternoon, Parr and I went out for a 1.5 hour run around town and various trails. Perhaps the most sluggish I’ve been all week, BUT – I can feel my brain coming back on-line. Good news indeed. 1.5 hours training. 1.5 hours running. 11 miles running. SU/PU.
Friday – 4/19/13
PM: Traveled from Gunnison to Zion National Park for the UltrAspire Retreat. Great day of smooth travel. Rolled into Virgin, UT around 5:00pm and did an 11 mile run out-and-back on part of the Zion 100 race course. The race was in progress and it was great to see many competitors in action. Beautiful run from ‘town’ out to the top of Gooseberry Mesa and back. Decent vertical gain! Beautiful evening. Psyched to be with the UltrAspire Team again. 1.5 hours training. 1.5 hours running. 11 miles running.
Saturday – 4/20/13
AM: Woke up in one of the most beautiful settings you could imagine! The VRBO house we were staying in was right on the boundary for Zion National Park. Peaceful. Quiet. Stunning. Headed out for a 1 hour run right from the house. Dropped 1200′ on to a ‘wilderness’ trail and then turned around and ran back to the house. Beautiful morning. Ran with several people, including Scott Jamie and Justin Angle. Later in the morning, we spent time running in small loops for a photo-shoot. Incredible day. 1 hour training. 1 hour running. 7 miles running.
Sunday – 4/21/13
AM: Woke up easily and peacefully. Headed out with Justin (Padre) Angle for a 2 hour run in Zion. Ran up about 1200′ from the Hop Valley Trail-head. Perfect morning. Not windy. Beautiful. Quiet. Great conversation with Justin. Solid outing. Body feels like it’s back to normal. Traveled back to Gunnison today. Trip was too short! Great trip though. 2 hours training. 2 hours running. 13 miles running.
Totals – Week of 4/15/13 – 4/21/13
9 hours training. 8 hours running. 54 miles running. Wiped-out and tired all week. Previous two weeks were a bit too much. Great weekend at the UltrAspire Retreat in Utah.
If you are connected with me on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+) then you likely saw the exciting announcement that I am now the official Ultra Marathon Running Coach for Life Time Run! Life Time Run is connected with Life Time Fitness and the Leadville Race Series, and has a proven track record of coaching athletes to success at shorter distance running races. I am fired-up to partner with Life Time Run to bring the same level of success to athletes in the world of Ultra Running! Our first official announcement included the launch of a specific coaching-package for the Leadville 100 Running Race THIS August. We are already seeing significant interest in this program! Make sure to take a look and pass along to anyone you know who may be interested. Psyched to spend quite a bit of time in Leadville this summer. Keep on it. Live well. Train well. DC