I used the Rosaryville Half Marathon as the first half of my last long run for the North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler. I love EX2 events, and thought it would be a fun way to knock out 13.1 on a new trail.
Training Update: 50 Miles in Four Weeks!
My main focus these days has been on the North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler in DC. I’ve been training for the past several months, and can’t believe it is already here. I thought I’d write a quick little update on my training progress, plan, and approach at this point in the process.
- The harsh truth I recently had to face: it’s not going as planned. Simply put, my weekly mileage is WAY off of what I had expected and planned for, even with some of the shorter plans I leveraged. I’ve also probably fallen a bit short with cross training goals, but you know, life and stuff.
- I’ve had some solid long runs: The two highlights were the Frozen Heart 50K and the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon. Although the later didn’t get me a ton of time on my feet, I threw down some solid mile times in the last five miles that really boosted my confidence. Also, for both runs, I was able to get back to full training shortly after, which means I’m healthy and recovering well.
- Strategy is defined: I have a pretty clear idea of how I’m going to tackle the race - everything from handling ups and downs, pacing, and nutrition. I’ll fine tune it the week before, but I feel pretty prepared (I’m going with two drop bags, in addition to what I’m going to carry).
- Confidence: It varies day to day. Some days I freak out about the low weekly mileage, but other days I’m happy with my cross training + nutrition + overall health. It’s hard to say if I would be feeling much better had my mileage been higher because of that last point - overall health.
- Staying focused: There’s still some solid training time left, so I’m staying focused. I’ll be paying extra attention to diet, sleep, healthy training, and general well-being so I’m feeling strong before I toe the start line!
So, here’s to the last month before the race! Looking forward to taking on the challenge.