I shall begin this post by offering the Mattress Firm one final chance.
Look, Mattress Firm, maybe I wasn’t clear enough. When I said I would offer my social media prowess as an amateur athlete sponsor for the fiscal year, I meant it. I don’t just stay at home on a Friday night, watch Dateline, and tweet at any random sleep store. So take it or leave it. But know this – every evening that I lay down on a 9 year old Ikea Sultan – I am not professionally snoozing on a queen size Serta BeautyRest. And I’m one day closer to answering the question… “What is my Sleep Number?”
Did I mention I’m now taking offers for running sponsors in 2018? #CrestWhiteStrips #Totinos #MattressFirm
I will not feel shame for tweeting hard at Mattress Firm. Now or ever.
I’m running the Dead Horse 50 miler in Moab, Utah next Saturday. The stoke, as the kids in jorts say, is on high.
It’s been a while since I’ve really done anything new in running, and I’m excited about the challenge. I’ve run 12 road marathons over the last 15 years and just needed a change. Switching gears and hopping onto single track with a view sounds super appealing.
I’ve been surprised at how easy it’s been to slide over from training for the Boston Marathon last April to training for the Dead Horse 50 Ultra (and eventually for the Rocky Raccoon 100 in February). I had raced the Pikes Peak 50k last summer, which had a decent amount of vertical gain (~9000′ over 31+ miles), followed by the Pikes Peak Marathon in August (~8000′ vert, topping out at ~14,115′ over the first half marathon ), so I’m not totally out of my element. But, dude, I’m from Kansas. It’s still a grind to climb out of our cul-de-sac on most days.
Here’s the basic template that I’ve used in training for Dead Horse vs the Boston Marathon:
|Boston||Aerobic Run / Rest Day||Tempo / Cruise Intervals||Middle Long Run||Recovery Run (occasional double)||Tempo or Aerobic Run||Long Run||Recovery Run|
|Dead Horse 50||Rest||Middle Long Run||Recovery||Aerobic Run||Rest or Recovery Run||Long Run #1||Long Run #2|
|Strength Work||A Split
Heavier leg day
Lighter leg day
|B Split + core work w/ mobility|
My hope is to be able to add a second focused workout per week outside of the back-back long runs before the 100 miler, but I take what my work week in the clinic and my energy level give me. One workout a week is plenty to shift mechanics and energy systems, and hopefully, decrease injury risk along with increasing top-end aerobic capacity.
I’ve been operating on a “minimum maximum” in prepping for Dead Horse next week. This means that I haven’t put in a ton of hourly volume or mileage for the race distance (average ~ 6 hours/week last 4 weeks, with 6000-7000′ vert for a race that has roughly 4500′ climbing), but I’ve put in enough to not ride the struggle bus or seriously risk injury. A 25 mile peak long run isn’t a ton for a 50 miler, but with 3500’+ climbing at altitude on my longer runs, it will do the job. My biggest concern on race day will be locking down the nutrition and hydration. My gut has a tendency to be non-cooperative.
I’ll pack some Tums. And ginger chews.
Normally, I like to be more prepared for a race, but this isn’t my “A” event for the year – I’m in it more for a learning experience. And I was going through a bit of a rough patch personally with some family stuff the last year or two, so I’m using the race and prep for Rocky Raccoon as much for emotional health as I am for getting lean and speedy (term used in an absolutely relative sense) again.
I’ll post more leading up to race day regarding strategy and packing list.
Please sponsor me. I need more split shorts.