Thursday, December 26, 2013

100 Mile Winter Break Challenge

16 days...100 miles.  I call it the Winter Break Challenge.  Why?  Why not?

Last year, training for Ironman Lake Placid, I threw in a couple big volume "bike weeks" with good success.  Could the same work for running?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  But I had time...and had been hitting 40 miles/week.  So 100 in 16 days didn't seem like too much of a stretch.  The catch?  All the miles need to be outside...preferable on the trails or country roads.

Day 1: 10 miles at Forest Preserve...the toughest run of the week so far...
Day 2: Easy 6 around town, followed by 4 on the trails with snowshoes...
Day 3: Easy 5 on freshly fallen snow...
Day 4: Hilly 7...really pushed the hills...it was -10F when I left...my eyelashes froze...but it was awesome
Day 5: Christmas...rest
Day 6: Hilly, but easy 9 miles...

I feel better today than I did after day 1...that's a good thing, right?

50km on May 10th...Ice Age Trail...can't wait.