Category Archives: 50k

Recovery month

Week of 6/4/12 – 6/10/12
Monday – 50K run.
Tuesday – Recover.
Wednesday – Recover.
Thursday – Recover
Friday – Recover.
Saturday – Recover
Sunday – Recover.

Week of 6/11/12 – 6/17/12
Monday – Recover
Tuesday – Recover.
Wednesday – Recover.
Thursday – 6/14 00:53:15 min run, 4 miles, 13’18″/mi, 161BPM. First run to test out legs since 50k ten days ago. Right leg problems at mile 2-3.
Friday – Recover.
Saturday – Recover
Sunday – Recover.

Week of 6/18/12 – 6/24/12
Monday – Recover
Tue 6/19 Light Stretch, 5 – 3min rounds of skip rope, Wall Ball squats, 1 mile step climber, 20min spin bike, 1 mile treadmill.
Wed 6/20 Light Stretch, 45 min spin bike, 1 mile treadmill. Evening Tae-bo DVD.
Thursday – Recover
Friday – Recover.
Saturday – Recover
Sunday – Recover.

Week of 6/25/12 – 7/1/12
Monday – 6/25 Light Stretch, 3 – 5 min rounds skip rope w/ crunches in between, 30 min spin bike, 1 mile treadmill
Tuesday – 6/26 1:17:06 hr run, 6 miles, 12’50″/mi, 162BPM. Second run post 50k. Legs held up this time. Slight twinges, but the wheels stayed on the whole time.
Wednesday – Recover. Tae-bo DVD.
Thursday – Recover
Friday – 6/29 30 min spin bike, 20 treadmill.
Saturday – Recover.
Sunday – Recover.

My Fat Ass 50k

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“[D]oing the 50k is not the hard part; training for the 50k is the hard part.”~Matt Sims, Rock/Creek Race Team

Intro:
In 2011, I planned my first 13.1 and quickly decided it was to be a scheduled long run for also completing my first 26.2. Actually I had three 13.1 events before the marathon. Registering for races was becoming an addiction. Typical. I scheduled a couple more 13.1 events after and only did one of them. I gave up my bib for the one I didn’t do. I couldn’t do. Life with two little boys was getting pretty hectic and could not afford all the away time on weekends doing these types of events. So I gave up signing up for races so I can be with my young family when they need me the most. It was also a good decision financially. Races aren’t cheap. Plus spending quality time with the family is a better investment. With this decision, plans of participating in the 2012 Diablo Trails Challenge 50k as a first 50k run was thrown out the door. Maybe some other time. I wasn’t going to give up running though. I just needed to create my own 50k distance event. So My Fat Ass was upgraded to a 50k.

Goal:

Complete my first ultra distance in 2012. General idea was do what I did before on previous 20 mile fat ass, but just longer.

Training:

First 50k training plan from Rock/Creek.

Night before the 50k run:
Too busy preparing gear and food to take with me and also for the sag wagon at the last minute. I wanted to make sure the kids’ evening routine went on as usual with dinner, bath, PJs, and usual tuck-ins. Managed to get a couple 10 minute naps before my alarm. When I got up at 3:00a, I manually flipped-on the coffee maker despite having set the auto timer.

Food:
Baked potatoes in some olive oil and lots of salt. Safeway run for some pretzels, chips, v8 juice, Safeway brand of Pedialite.

Pack:
A previous 20 miler the previous year climbed to 95 degree F temps and sucked. This time I cameled-up an carried as much liquid as I could.

70 oz water hydrapak
2 handhelds 270 calories each of HEED.
Bunch of Hammer Gels (vanilla and espresso)
Salt sticks

Run nutrition plan:
Throughout each hour take a salt stick, sip approximately 100 calories from a handheld and take 2 hammer gels.

4am start

Plan:
Head north from home in San Ramon to Walnut Creek (~15miles) and back mostly via the Iron Horse Regional Trail (which I once ran last year in my first 20 mile training run) and make up a couple more miles around the neighborhood to wrap up the full 50k distance.

How did it really go down?

Was too busy to get good sleep. After all the packing and while finishing last minute instructions for my crew (my wife), I nodded off. Must if been a couple minutes of a power nap. Despite having less than an hour till I was scheduled to wake, I laid in bed anyway just to feel it. I nodded off another few minutes and woke up to get ready.

I bypassed the auto-setting and manually started the coffee maker.

Gearing up is wonderful. The minutes spent doing it is somewhat meditative. Back when training muay thai, the time spent wrapping my hands, warming up with wrist and ankles rolls, stretching and skipping rope was no different. Focus and meditation. The calm before the storm knowing something epic and totally painful was going to go down.

Once geared up and sunblocked, I kissed my wife who was asleep in our bed. She woke and noticed I was about I head out. She bid me a safe run and I told her to kiss and hug the boys for me. “Tell them I love them”, I whispered. “I love you all.”

I stepped out of the house and into the cool and dark 4am morning. All was quiet except for a little breeze against the trees and the four consecutive beeps from my GPS watch which read “READY”. A quick small prayer and without any fanfare, I put one foot in front of the other and my inaugural 50k run began.

I ran the sidewalks and empty streets. First over a local hill, which offered a gorgeous view of the nearby city light under the moon hugging up against a cloud. Since it was dark, I ran on well lit streets. I knew at a particular point in the run, Norris Canyon, the morning sky would light up and that was when I’d hit the trail. I remember little about the first several miles in the dark. I remember seeing what seemed to be a California king snake, but flat. Must’ve been roadkill that some other creature dragged onto the pavement to try to wake my ass up this early in the run or get my heart rate jumping. It didn’t work. For some reason, my heart rate was lower than I was used to hitting. This also meant my pace was extremely slow. I figured the cold temperature and the fact that I haven’t begun to warm up was the cause. Not even my additional 7 pounds of liquid, nutrition, and iPhone from my hydrapak and handhelds caused any stress or strain. Since I was going to be out running for quite awhile, I was ok keeping my effort ultra conservative, because later in the day the sun was going to roast me and spike my heart rate. After all, the goal was to complete the distance. Going out above aerobic threshold was a sure fire way to blow-up in a bad way.

Trail to Danville.
Pete’s for a quick unload.
Trail to Walnut.
Light drizzle overcast. It never got hot and was overcast, windy, and rainy at times.
Felt like if I tried, I could fall asleep while running, but didn’t want to wake up in a ditch or bush.
Walnut back picked up nutrition felt little lightheaded.
Going back is a roughly a 15 mile grade within the valley.
Rain at Danville with my wife Zee as support crew.

Leg problems at 22.
Primary GPS dies after 26.2.
Last climb.
Crazy 14.5 loops cold and wind.

Hill and loops:
After I got the back up GPS (iPhone) switched on, I had a sense of urgency to finish. I knew I wanted to finish strong in the final 10K regardless of the left leg causing problems. Part of the urgency had to do with not wanting to run out of power on the iPhone and lose the ability to track my miles. At the same time, by choosing an alternate path, I wondered, did I just increase the distance I’d have to make up after the final climb and aid stop? From the start, I had estimated I’d only have to complete two miles from the base of the last hill. Knowing I turned-around sooner in Walnut Creek, and the course change in San Ramon, while maintaining a super slow shuffle, I quickly launched my iPhone Google map app to calculate the distance from my current position to the start of the final hill. It didn’t take long to get it calculated and …Crap! I killed the app and texted Zenaida who was waiting for me at the soccer field parking lot at top of the hill. She managed to text me first and wanted to let me know she had Starbucks coffee and a banana waiting for me. Yes! I can’t wait for that cup of coffee. Then I messaged her back and told her that I’d have to make up 4 mile after we meet up. I figured I could run a couple loops around our neighborhood, then later decided to run an unknown number of laps around the soccer field. This way she could keep track of me without without having to drive around.

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By the time I started up the hill, I knew my legs weren’t going to allow me to run. So instead I power hiked in an Anton-esque kinda way. Hand to help drive is legs down like trek poles by pushing down on thighs. See Anton in action here. Before I knew it I was at the top, crossed the road, cut the field, and climbed over a fence to get to the park where Zenaida should have been waiting. I texted her that I go to the soccer field and was now starting the laps. She pinged back that she had to hike it back to where I was. It turned out, she was waiting at the side of the road by the entrance to the parking lot to snap a view pics of me running towards her. We met up by the truck where she presented me with the coffee and I ditched the handheld. I didn’t feel I needed anything to snack on and was anxious and impatient about finishing.

Last 2 miles:

I was ready to call it quits. I knew my mind was giving up control to my body. I was trying to give myself permission to quit 30 miles in. With my pace so slow, a bum set of legs, Zenaida watching and waiting, and the thoughts of a post run steak lunch, I told myself I could call it quits now and just be thankful for having accomplished this much. Then another part of me thought about how close I was to completing my goal. I also thought about all the time spent leading up to this day. Plus all morning friends and family were chiming in on Facebook cheering me on. I knew deep down I could finish, I just was at the lowest point of the run, where I could teeter off or stay on. My equivalent of ‘the dark place”. After one of the laps around the field, I hobbled over to Zenaida and asked her if she thought I could finish. I’m sure she thought it was a stupid question. Then I admitted I was losing it and was ready to be done with it all. Then I told her I needed to hear her tell me I could complete the last two miles. She not only told me I could do it, but she ran with me between mile 30 and 31. She helped me get my confidence back. She’s awesome and helped me get it done. By the final mile my attitude had changed. I never visualized what finishing my first 50k would be like, but on this day, on the final mile, I told myself “Ahh f*** it. Just get it done. ” LOL.

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Post run soreness.

Day after soreness.

2 days after soreness and self-diagnoses of strained popliteus muscles. On ibuprofen.

3rd day wake-up feeling much better. Some leg tightness. Able to do brief job from parking lot to preschool. On ibuprofen. Bought foam roller and worked on hamstrings and right IT band.

4th day feeling normal. Right knee feels unstable but walking close to normal speed.

Week 14 (taper)

Week of 5/28/12 – 6/3/12

This is 50k training month 4 week 2 (taper week)

The 8-9 days before the race should consist of no more than 3 days running with no more than 30 minutes each run.

Target HR 154-164 BPM.

Monday – Rest.

Tuesday – 00:30:08, 2mi, 15’03”, 151 bpm.

Wednesday – Rest.

Thursday –00:30:01, 2.18mi, 13’45″/mi, 156 bpm.

Friday – Rest.

Saturday – 00:17:44, 1mi, 17’45″/ mi, pushing a jogger. Later in the day bruised my left forefoot slipping on the stairs. LOL

Sunday – Rest.

Week totals:

Mileage: 5.18mi

Hours: 01:17:53

Notes:

Tues: Felt crummy. Headache and tired.

Thur: Felt great!

Fri: Went ziplining. Followed with a huge lunch. Treated myself at REI to a new visor and nutrition for the 50k.

Upcoming week:

Jun 4 Monday 50k

Week 13

Week of 5/21/12 – 5/27/12

This is 50k training month 4 week 1

Target HR 154-164 BPM.

Monday – Rest planned.

Tuesday – Rest planned.

Wednesday – 1 hour in the morning, 1 hour in the evening

  • Actual: 00:54:47, 4mi, 13’42″/mi, 159bpm. Daytime.
  • No evening run.

Thursday – 1 hour in the morning, 1 hour in the evening

  • Actual: Rest.
  • Actual: Rest.

Friday – Rest

Saturday – 3 hour 30 minute run.

  • Actual: Rested.

Sunday – Rest.

Week totals:

Mileage:

Hours:

Notes:

Upcoming weeks

Week of 5/28-6/3 taper

May 29 @30 mins only
May 31 @30 mins only
Jun 4 Monday 50k

The 8-9 days before the race should consist of no more than 3 days running with no more than 30 minutes each run.

Week 12

Week of 5/14/12 – 5/20/12

This is 50k training month 3 week 4

Target HR 154-164 BPM.

Monday – Rest planned.

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  • Actual: 00:58:44, 4.27 mi, 13’44″/mi, 153bpm. 64°F Mostly cloudy 12mph winds, 56% humidity.

Tuesday – 1 hour in morning, 1 hour in the evening planned.

  • Actual: 01:23:03, 5.87 mi, 14’09″/mi, 161bpm. 66°F Partly cloudy 15mph winds, 52% humidity.
  • Actual: 01:00:01, 4.00 mi, 15’00″/mi, 148bpm. 52°F Evening, 7mph winds, 83% humidity.

Wednesday – 1 hour in the morning, 1 hour in the evening

  • Actual: 01:00:02, 4.28 mi, 14’00″/mi, 157bpm. 61°F Scattered clouds 12mph winds, 72% humidity.
  • Actual: 01:00:01, 3.86 mi, 15’31″/mi, 147bpm. Evening.

Thursday – 1 hour in the morning, 1 hour in the evening

  • Actual: 01:00:01, 4.45 mi, 13’29″/mi, 159bpm. 61°F Partly cloudy 17mph winds, 59% humidity.
  • Actual: 01:01:58, 4.45 mi, 13’55″/mi, 153bpm. 52°F Evening, overcast, 9mph winds, 77% humidity.

Friday – Rest
Saturday – 3 hour 30 minute run. Actual: Rested.

Sunday – Rest.

  • Actual:03:03:22, 12.56 mi, 14’35″/mi, 149bpm. Evening.

Week totals:

Mileage: 43.74

Hours:

Notes:

Monday: Due to the guilt of no runs over the past weekend and the shin twinge, has led me to go for an easy run today. Also sore throat and some itchy red eyes.

Tuesday: Run 1: No shin issue.

Sunday: Long training run from 9:30pm-12:30pm. Two handhelds with 300 calories each of HEED. Full 70 oz. hydrapak of water. Salt stick start and after 1st and 2nd hour into the run. Experience blurry left eye staring mid run. Had it before during other late night long training runs.Think the eye is tired. Temporary.

Upcoming weeks

This is 50k training month 4 week 1
Week of 5/21-5/27
Do same as last week.

Week of 5/28-6/3 taper

May 29 @30 mins only
May 31 @30 mins only
Jun 4 Monday 50k

The 8-9 days before the race should consist of no more than 3 days running with no more than 30 minutes each run.

Week 11

Week of 5/7/12 – 5/13/12

This is 50k training month 3 week 3

Target HR 154-164 BPM.

Monday – Rest. Actual: Rested
Tuesday – 1 hour 30 minutes planned. Actual: 01:05:49,  3.84 miles, 17’06″/mi, 141 bpm.
Wednesday – 1 hour 30 minutes planned. Actual: 01:30:01, 6.07 miles, 14’49″/mi, 156 bpm.

Thursday – 1 hour 30 minutes planned. Actual: 01:18:35, 5.42 miles,  14’29″/mi, 148 bpm.
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 3 hour 30 minute run planned. Rested.
Sunday – Rest

Week totals:

03:54:25

15.33 miles

 

Notes:

Sick Sat and Sun. Developed right shin pain on Sun.

 

Week 10

Week of 4/30/12 – 5/6/12

This is 50k training month 3 week 2

Target HR 154-164 BPM.

Monday – 1 hour run planned. Actual: 01:00:02, 4.56 miles, 13’09″/mi, 158 bpm. 72°F. Scattered clouds. 8mph winds. 53% humidity.

Tuesday – Rest planned. Actual: Rested.

Wednesday – 1 hour run planned. Actual:

Thursday – Rest planned.

Friday – 1 hour run planned. Actual:
Saturday – 3:10 hour run planned.
Sunday – Rest planned.

Week totals:

Notes:

The week’s training flubbed due to family illnesses.

Week 9

Week of 4/23/12 – 4/29/12

This is 50k training month 3 week 1

Target HR 154-164 BPM.

Monday – Rest.

Tuesday – 1 hour run planned. Actual: 01:30:44, 6 miles, 15’07″/mi, 151bpm. 68°F Mostly cloudy, winds: 10mph, humidity 60%.

Wednesday – 1 hour run planned. Actual: 01:22:48, 6 miles, 15’47″/mi, 157bpm. 68°F Mostly cloudy, winds: 8mph, humidity 60%

Thursday – 1 hour run planned. Actual: 00:56:00, 5.05 miles, 11’12″/mi, 170 bpm . 59°F, Mostly cloudy, 14mph winds, humidity 51%.

Friday – Rest. Actual: Rest
Saturday – 3 hour run planned. Actual: Rest
Sunday – Rest planned. Actual: 2:00:02, 8.51 miles, 14’06″/mi, 141BPM. Night run.

Week totals:
7hrs
25.5 miles

Notes:

Wednesday: 3 miles MAF, 4th mile around 160, 5th mile around 170, last mile 180+. Highest HR 202 bpm.

Thursday: First 2.5 miles at 160-169bpm. Miles 2.5-4 at avg 170-179bpm. Final mile 180-190bpm. Highest HR 194 bpm.

Sunday: 10pm-Midnite.

Week 8

Week of 4/16/12 – 4/22/12

This is 50k training month 2 week 4

Target HR 154-164 BPM

Monday – 1 hour run planned. Actual: 4.45 miles, 00:57:55, 13’00″/mi. Avg HR 160 BPM. Weather: 61°F, Scattered clouds, Wind: 13 mph.
Tuesday – 1 hour run. Actual: Rest.
Wednesday – Rest. Actual: Rest.
Thursday – 1 hour 30 minute run. Actual: 4.63 miles, 00:56:34, 12’13″/mi. Avg HR 164 BPM. Weather: 70°F
Friday – 35 minute run. Actual: Rest.

Saturday – 2 hour 50 min run
Sunday – Rest

Notes:

Monday: Felt good. Might need to adjust base range as a result of last Friday’s final mile where I got my HR up to 200.

Tuesday: Stood at my desk practicing one-leg stances to strengthen the lower body.

Thursday: Felt good. Might need to adjust base range as a result of last Monday’s final mile where I got my HR up to 200 again.

Week 7

Week of 4/9/12 – 4/15/12

This is 50k training month 2 week 3

Target HR 154-164 BPM.

Monday – 1 hour run planned. Actual: 7.54 miles, 1:48:25, 14’22″/mi. Avg HR 160 BPM. Weather: 59°F, Cloudy, Wind: 7 mph.
Tuesday – 1 hour run planned. Actual: Rested.
Wednesday – Rest planned. Actual: Rested. Sore right foot.
Thursday – 1 hour run planned. Actual: Rested.

Friday – 1 hour run planned. Actual: 5 miles, 00:59:08, 11’49″/mi. Avg HR 168 BPM. Weather: 54°F, Mostly cloudy, Wind: 12 mph.
Saturday – 2 hour 20 min run planned. Actual: Rested.
Sunday – Rest planned. Actual: Rested.

Notes:

Monday: Add some hill. Extended this run duration to make up for a missed 2hr run on the weekend. Nutritionally: 1/3 cup of coffee pre-run. I carried a bottle of low calorie G2 spiked with one plain GU gel.

Tuesday: No time to run. Took a rest day. By the evening, right foot and ankle soreness. Bummer.

Wednesday: Rest sore right foot. Had a burrito instead of a workout. Tried on the a Brooks Pure Trail model, NB1, and Merrill Road Glove. All possibilities. Picked up a box of plain GU gels and a bottle of salt sticks.

Thursday: Foot felt good. Ran in and around the office and up and down stairs. No pain. Resting today just in case. Should test it out tomorrow.

Friday: MAF range for 2.5 miles. Went zone 3, then on to zone 4 last mile. Highest BPM was at 4.46 mile mark and was 200. Fastest mile average at 8:36. Nutritionally: 1 salt stick cap before run. This was my first time taking salt caps. Also ore-run was 1/3C of black coffee. I carried a bottle of low calorie G2 spiked with one plain GU gel and generally drank a mouthful every mile.