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First Back-to-Back

Last week put the weekly volume near 60 miles and I was able to hold it together!

Over the weekend I completed my first back-to-back long run of about 20 miles each day. One of them was on the trail and the other road.

I did see my first snake on the trail as I was near the end of my long run. I hurdled or “spasmed” over the little guy as it came into my awareness just before stepping on it. Graceful it was not and fortunately I didn’t pull a muscle.

A guy riding a horse was approaching in front of me and if he saw this less-than-graceful maneuver, he probably had a pretty good internal laugh.

I was a bit sluggish starting the second 20 of the weekend but got into a pretty good rhythm after about 1.5 miles. I held my Easy pace at a fairly low heart rate for much of the run until the last 3 miles when it began to creep up.

Due to the family schedule I didn’t start my second long run until early evening and finished in the dark. It actually was surprisingly enjoyable as the sun disappeared and the temperature dropped. I liked it even though my energy level was quite low at the start but once the blood got moving, I was feeling pretty good.

There was no cycling on Friday as I took it as an off day to recover for the big weekend.

This week is a reduced volume week so time to start absorbing those last three weeks!

The Weekly Low-Down:

run: 58.53 miles (5 sessions: 8 miles-easy, 4×1 mile-tempo, 6 mile-easy, 18.27 mile-easy, 20.26 mile-easy)

bike: 0 mins

weights/core: 1 sessions

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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