BHS 100K

Here is some video and pictures from the 2013 Bishop Ultramarathon. I completed the 100K in 14 hours 22 minutes.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Training volume recommendations from Ian Torrence

2012 Xterra Lake Las Vegas 21K trail run
 Ian Torrance, adiUltra team ultrarunner and coach who has also been very active in the Las Vegas area has some good recommendations on running volume that I am planning to incorporate. See his blog for details.

Essentially the article details how you can sensibly increase your training volume, miles per week, until you reach your training ceiling.

 His list  benefits from increasing volume

"Volume Is Good

It’s true! Increasing weekly mileage brings increased performance. If we do nothing else but simply add to the time we spend on our feet each week, several beneficial physiological adaptations begin to occur due to this new accumulated volume.
  • The body will become proficient at burning fat, its optimal fuel source.
  • Muscle and liver glycogen, the major forms of stored carbohydrates in the body, will be more effectively amassed and utilized.
  • The size and number of muscle capillaries and mitochondria, the blood vessels and cellular factories that facilitate aerobic energy, will increase.
We’ll tangibly experience these internal gains in these ways:
  • What once were long runs become shorter runs.
  • Faster recovery after running up steep hills.
  • Desire to race farther.
  • For those new to the volume increase, personal records in ultra distances."
He states that each weekly mileage increase should not be than 10 to 15% which is what I have been doing. Then after each increase you should remain at this new level for 3 weeks so the body becomes adjusted to the work load which I have not been doing.  I had been increasing mileage every week by 10% until I need a break.  Well I came though that without any substantial injury and now I plan to modify by training with Ian's recommendations.

My build up for 5 weeks was as follows: 67, 72, 80, 88, 92 miles.  These average to 80 miles. So my next 3 week phase will be done at 10% more than this - 88 mile.  This week I will get in 60 to 70 miles.  Next week I run the Xterra 21k trail race at Lake Las Vegas and will probably do about 80 miles. After that I will start the 88 mile weeks and when I finish that I will be just 2 weeks out from the Bishop 100k on May 18th and that will be my taper time.

The one benefit of increasing volume that I am noticing the most is that long runs are seeming shorter. I have already noticed that a 10 mile run feels short to me and a 20 mile run, which use to be my longest long run is not so hard to complete anymore.  Anyways, that's the plan. It feels good to put it down in writing.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Another recovery week and 2XU compression gear

My graph

My legs felt like they could use some more rest so last week I backed off the mileage a bit to a  total of 50. I had planned to put in several 20 milers during spring break, but every time I got close to 15 miles my right hamstring started feeling the strain so I cut it short. Again I became bummed because of this; I never imagined I would become down on myself so fast but it is happening again.   Everything I fall short of reaching a goal I set for myself I start to lose hope. I really need to stop that. I am felling better today though and I hope to put in  20 or so tomorrow.

I am trying out some more compression gear this time from 2XU (pronounced 2 times you). So far I am loving this stuff.  I tried the Elite Compression Tights on a day when it was 80 degrees F and they were very comfortable. I don't know if I want want to run in them if it was much warmer though.  What else is cool about them is that I can easily slip ice packs under them after a long run to further reduce inflammation.  I definitely feel they are reducing muscle soreness and fatigue and I am going to keep using them and let you know how it goes.  Incidentally I am 6' 2", 185 lbs and have a 34 inch waist and the medium long tights fit me well.  I was worried that the medium would be too small but they are just right.  I also trying out a pair of 2XU Calf Guards.  So far I like them better than the CEP compression socks I had been using before.  The CEP socks are made from a knit material get torn really easily which is annoying when you pay $40 a piece for them.  I always get tears in them on the inside heal where I accidentally kick myself from time to time while running.  The 2XU Calf Guards are made from a solid stretch material that won't tear as easily and seems to give better compression too.

What do you all do to stay positive when you have trouble reaching your goals? I would love to hear from some of you.