Monday, December 8, 2014

Week 34 - Running with the CRUD

Coloradans Running Ultra Distances that is. One of the great things about training for an Ultra is running with CRUD. This is such a great group and every run is a fun little adventure. And  some of the runs especially if Steve Bremner is along can turn into fun BIG adventures. 

Cap'n Jacks Trail with CRUD
The first time I decided to run a 100 mile race I sought out a group of runners that could help, motivate, and teach me how to take on such an endeavor. I found CRUD and they are the greatest group of runners that can be found anywhere. It was running with CRUD along with their ton of advice and support that got me to the finish line. When it comes to ultras, running is only a small part of the equation. Nutrition, logistics, crew, pacers, what to take, what not to take, how to train, how to start, and most important, the mental aspect, are all factors in running 100 miles. Hooking up with a group like CRUD greatly enhances one’s chance for success. Also training with such awesome people helps to make the whole journey a lot more fun. So naturally after I signed up to run The Burning River I’m back to running with the CRUD!

An Awesome Group to Run with!
Photo by Steve Bremner
As far as training goes, I’m still just preparing to train; hanging around in the 40 – 50 mile range, with the normal amount of cycling and some strength training thrown in. I don’t really think it is a good idea to begin training in earnest until February, about six months out from the race. In the meantime, my goal is to keep generally fit through the holidays and have a good foundation to begin serious training in February.

This Week’s Training:

Mon:
·         AM: Ride to work (8.7 Miles)
·         PM: Ride Home (8.5 Miles
Tue:
·         AM: Run (8.3 Miles), Ride to Work (8.7 Miles)
·         PM: Ride Home (7.7 Miles)
Wed:
·         AM: Run (6.6 Miles), Ride to Work (8.5 Miles)
·         PM: Ride from Work to Gym (10.7 Miles), Strength Workout
Thu:
·         AM: Run (9.2 Miles), Ride to Work (8.5 Miles)
·         PM: Ride Home (7.7 Miles)
Fri:
·         AM: Ride to work (8.7 Miles)
·         PM: Ride Home (7.7 Miles)
Sat:
·         AM: Run (15.8 Miles)
·         PM: Road Bike (25 Miles)
Sun:
·         AM: run (6.1 Miles)
·         PM: Mountain Bike (29 Miles)

Total - 186 Miles: Run - 46 miles, Bike 139 miles,