Peak training is officially in the books. Somehow I've made it through 1000+ miles since December without ANY injuries and without missing ANY scheduled workouts. This is about the luckiest streak I've ever had while training for a race. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go find a huge piece of wood to knock on...
This weekend's 25-25-25 miler line-up kicked off a little differently than I had planned on Friday night. After work I ran into my friend Dr. Wade on the street. We had this conversation:
Me: "What are you guys doing tonight?"
Dr. W: "Heading to Old Town for some drinks, you want to come?"
Me: "Nah, I have to run 25 tonight"
Dr. W: (looking up toward the cold rain falling down as we spoke) "In this?"
Me: "Yeah, there's no way I could run 25 miles on a treadmill...."
...and with those last words, I knew I had sealed my fate for the evening. Basically, once I have a thought that I can't do something in the realm of running, my brain immediately makes it its sole mission to taunt and tease me until I get off my butt and accomplish whatever stupid goal I said I couldn't accomplish. Sadly for me on this particular Friday night, I cursed myself by saying I couldn't run 25 miles on a treadmill. So stupid, Dan...so stupid. Once I realized I had no option but to spend my evening on the hamster wheel, I thought about it a little longer and realized it would actually be a great mental training exercise to suffer through 25 miles of boredom on the 'mill. So much of running a 100 miler is mental, and this would clearly.....ahhh who am I kidding: It sucked. Plain and simple. Let us never speak of it again.
The rest of the weekend went well (outside, thankfully), and my second consecutive 96+ mile peak week is now in the rear view mirror. Last night I realized that adding the miles from these two weeks together makes 192 in total. That has to be a good sign, right?
Week Training Log:
Monday - Off Day
Tuesday - 8.5 miles - Hains Point Loop
Wednesday - 4.3 miles - Treadmill Death March
Thursday - 8.5 miles - Hains Point Loop
Friday - 25 miles - Treadmill Run (do not try this at home)
Saturday - 25 miles - Mt. Vernon Trail
Sunday - 25 miles - Mt. Vernon Trail
WEEK TOTAL - 96.3 miles
Let the Taper begin!!