Training Week Feb 13-19
The shoe experiment is progressing well and I've already picked a couple of favourites, and one pair that just isn't doing it for me. On a random fueling note, I found an incredible energy-packed sandwich to make for long runs: Peanut butter, nutella, and bananas...on homemade bread. Mmmmmmm. Also, I started testing Hammer's Perpetuem Solids. They are...well...interesting. They get stuck in my teeth pretty bad, but they actually taste fairly good. For now, I'm mostly sticking with Hammer and Clif gels along with Powerbar "Energy Blasts" gummies. As usual, I still rely heavily on Larabars and Clif Bars for the big calories and the S-caps for salts.
Next week will again be a step back week before I go for my peak week. I had always wondered if I was capable of a 100-mile training week, and with this past week under my belt, I feel confident that it is. Shoot, if I really wanted to, I could go out for an easy 8-miler tonight to finish it off (but I won't). I am planning on doing an ultra-distance long run two weekends from now for my peak week as well. I have been toying with the idea of running the entire 42-mile Black Forest Trail in central PA as it features 8500ft of gain and isn't too far of a drive from State College. I back-packed it in 2006 and remember it being feisty. Sounds perfect...
Quick Weekly Recap:
After tough weekend, I went out for a nice-and-easy 7-miler along the bike path. It was an uneventful easy run. While there is a few hundred feet of gain on this run, I'm leaving it as zero.
I did a 4x repeat up/down Mt. Nittany in the morning, followed by another easy 7-miler that night. (My only 2-a-day for the week)
Mt. Nittany Repeats
Went for a mid-week long run from my backdoor to the top of Mt. Nittany. (I came down from the summit along the alternate north-east blue-blazed trail).
Mid-Week Mt. Nittany Long run
Monster hill workout. 4x repeats up gas-line cut, followed by a 5+ mile trail run along Tussey Ridge and eventually back to car.
Very easy bike-path run...the usual.
Notes: New wildcat climb is fantastic.
Went with the typical Rothrock 30k course (in reverse), but changed around one of the climbs to make it a little tougher (mile 12). Overall it was a good day and a good run. Fueling went fairly well and I had no toe pain.
Modified Rothrock 30k Hilly Trail Run
Notes: Great elevation workout. Perfect day.
This was a tough one. I came up with a new route that really highlighted the climbs. It ended up being a combination of two different out-n-backs. The day was beautiful...lots of sunshine and warm breezes. Awesome day for a run! Definitely tired tonight. The toe is still pain-free by the way...which is awesome!
Long hill day in Rothrock