70 Miler Training Update

I had a really good first 6 weeks of training for the Laurel Highlands 70 miler. At the beginning of January, I was coming off a strong base of 25-35 miles per week from the previous few months and was ready to steadily increase my mileage. And after 6 weeks of training, I was well on my way to reaching my overall goals of averaging about 40-45 miles per week and peaking around 65 miles per week. (Keep in mind I am a somewhat of a "low" mileage ultra runner and by no means is this a prescribed plan for others.)

Week 1: 29 miles, Long Run 11.5 miles

Week 2: 36 miles, LR 14.7 miles

Week 3: 40 miles, LR 13.1 miles

Week 4: 33.5 miles, LR 12.3 miles

Week 5: 43 miles, LR 17.1 miles

Week 6: 37 miles (planned 43) , LR 18 miles

After 5 solid weeks of building, I felt pretty great and even edited my training plan to increase my weekly mileage totals for future weeks. My long runs kept getting longer and I felt stronger each day.

Week 6 was fatiguing and I pushed myself hard though I was tired and sore. But I was definitely looking forward to a "down" week during week 7 because I was traveling to Vermont for a snowboarding trip.

After 2 days of intense snowboarding and a 4 day break from running last week (week 7) I ran 5 miles on Thursday and felt a slight twinge on the outside of my left foot, but nothing that stopped me from running. I attributed it to residual soreness leftover from snowboarding and took a rest day on Friday instead of a planned run.

Then this past Saturday during my long run on thick ice topped with 2 inches of fresh powdery snow, I slipped on a patch of ice and turned my left ankle outward. This happens to me all the time on the trails, but I am used to bouncing back quickly without feeling any effects after my run.

snow trail run
A beautiful but crazy hard run

I didn't feel any more pain during the run, but when I woke up yesterday I felt a distinct pain radiating up the outside of my left leg, and connected the dots that it was from the ankle turn. It did not feel better throughout the day, so I took another unplanned rest day.

Week 7: 20 miles, LR 15 miles

Needless to say, I'm feeling kinda down today and I'm not sure where to go from here. I am RICE-ing my leg, and I'm definitely going to take it easy again this week because I am thinking 100% about the long game. Ultimately, I am only at week 8 of 24 of training and still have plenty of time to get ready for the big race. I'd rather get there in one piece than push myself into a worse injury.

So, hopefully this pain goes away during the week and I can get in some easy cross training and/or easy runs. But if not, I will reassess and revise my training plan as necessary.

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2 thoughts on “70 Miler Training Update

  1. Jessica

    If you think you're up to it you can join us tomorrow morning for an easy three miler ending at Federal Donuts. We're meeting at Broad and Washington at 7:30 in the morning.


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