Day 67, 10.6 trail miles. 1500 foot elevation, my legs are feeling it but in a good way.
I've got a ton of trail running to do over the next few months and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm going to try to do at least 2 trail runs per week with 2000 - 2500 ft of gain per 10 miles. Its hard to find that kind of elevation gain around here. I have a nice sized hill that's not too far that gains about 400-450 ft over a mile but that's about it. During the summer I plan on heading out once a week to a small mountain (1500ft). It will be a 90 minute drive each way, but it has several hiking trails where I can get 1250 feet of elevation gain over 1.5 miles (or 2.5 miles) depending on which side of the mountain I run up. Hopefully spending some long days out there will get me ready for my race. Other than that I still have to work out a training plan. It should be interesting, and hopefully in the end it will make me a stronger runner.
#914- 2 mile
#915- 4 mile my brain was more ready to run than my legs
#916- 2 mile
#917- 2 mile - kept it easy again, but my legs really felt ready to run more, will do no intensity next week but will be adding the miles back on
Day 68, 6.2 recovery miles. While I am getting my weekly miles built back up I am going to do it with heart rate and not concern myself with my pace., this is only running on the road though because when I hit the trails there is so much elevation change that I could not stay in zone 2 even if I walk the uphill.
Rich I am lucky where I live, lots of hills. I am in the Allegheny National Forest and along with the hills there are lots of trails to run. I am about 45 minutes away from the Oil Creek trail which is a tough trail to run. They have a 100 miler there every year and if you do one loop it is about 31 miles.
Good luck on your training and I think having self doubt motivates us, at least it does me, to train harder and work through issues on race day. I am sure you can swing a NY qualifying time and also get into Kona. I am new to swimming and I know if I put in just three days a week I get so much quicker in a short amount of time. I plan on getting in the lake at least three days a week this year when the weather warms up enough for some good cross training.