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I started my second long run for the weekend at about 5:30 pm on Sunday and as I passed a shop sign, it read ‘100 F’. Gotta love Texas in July. The funny thing is, it didn’t feel all that hot with the nice warm (or hot) breeze coming from the south. My northern blood has really thinned out I guess. The run was four hours based on PE that included a four minute negative split! It was a surprisingly good run.

It was another back-to-back long run weekend and Saturday included a four hour trail run that continues to kick my butt. I tried to go easy on the “out” section but the PE continued to climb on the way back. It was a tough day but I got it done. Try, try again I will.

After finishing week three of my four week build I am actually still feeling decent. I was a bit concerned with so many back-to-back weekends but the body seems to be handling it OK. I am still sleeping fairly well and my energy levels are remaining fairly high/normal. That is a good sign for me.

It is great to have arrived to the final week of my build phase healthy and mentally feeling pretty good. This coming weekend will take it up one final notch with a 5 hour and 4 hour run. I plan to do them both on trails.

Then it is time to taper as the Superior Trails 50 mile trail run is a mere four weeks away. I am not really sure if four weeks is too long of a taper but I am just going to keep following the ultra training plan and see how it goes.

The Weekly Low-Down:

run: 64.16 miles (5 sessions: 8 miles-easy, 6 miles-easy, 6 miles- 4×1 mile at Threshold, 19.74 miles – easy/trail, 24.42 mile-easy/road)

bike: 40 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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