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Better Late Than Never

Before this week quickly slips away, I better give an update on last week.

Last week was another solid block of training and I was feeling a bit fatigued early on. I think I was feeling some of affects of my first bit of higher mileage the week before. My energy levels were lower and I was looking for “treats” more frequently. By Wednesday I was feeling pretty much normal again. Plus the “treats” were all gone.

My weekday training incorporated 2-3 mile blocks in the middle of the run that included various types of speed/hill work. It definitely broke up the mileage and was a lot of fun. I have to make sure to throttle back my excitement a bit this early in my training to limit the risk of injury and burnout. (mental note)

The weekend including a 10 mile treadmill run due to the rain that had no interest in letting me run out the door. The long run of the week was a 21 miler during a beautiful morning. I really enjoyed the run minus the panic of running out of water at the 10 mile mark and the park I normally refill at had the water turned off. Luckily a 7-Eleven was nearby which provided the hydration reload. I also started feeling pretty fatigued with about a half mile to go so I decided to walk a bit. After a quick regroup, I cruised back home and noticed an even split. Pleasant surprise.

So what is happening this week? Hopefully it will be my first race start of the season. It will be a nice 26 miler at the CrossTimbers trail run. There also is a 50 miler happening at the same time but I am not in any shape for that distance yet. Twenty six miles should be a good distance to push my limits a bit but not completely smoke myself. The 5000 feet of elevation gain may be a bit more interesting for us flatland folks but I am looking forward to the challenge.

The Weekly Low-Down:

run: 54 miles (5 sessions: 5, 9, 9, 10, 21)

bike: 45 mins

weights/core: 1 session

Happy Training!

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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