Posts Tagged ‘strolling jim 40 miler

04
May
09

Strolling Jim 40 miler race report.

strolling-jim-logoWell, I did it.  I finished my second strolling jim 40 miler.  The experience was very good overall but it was a bit of a stressful adventure at the same time.  First I will start with the weather.

The southern USA from Oklahoma to Tennessee was being blasted by storms and tornadoes.  The race start location was no different.  It rained several inches the day before the race and just getting to our bed and breakfast was a chore because several roads were completely flooded out.  Lighting was actually hitting the ground only feet from the bed and breakfast too.  This increased my stress level about running in the race.  It kept raining all day and all through the night.  When I got to the race start it was pouring with lethal amounts of lighting crashing down, flash flooding everywhere, and possible tornado watches.  Basically the news people were telling everyone to stay in and stay home.  They were giving emergency instruction on flooding and shelter.  Did that stop any of the 95 runners????????????????????? Continue reading ‘Strolling Jim 40 miler race report.’

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31
Mar
09

Two big weeks of running before the taper to 40 mile ultra-marathon.

strolling-jim-logoGoooooood morning everyone.  I wanted to share my running schedule with you all today.  I have two big weeks of running left before I begin my taper (reduction in milage).  Runners taper prior to a significant race so that their bodies can get fully recovered for the race effort.  Tapers last anywhere from 2-4 weeks.  The weeks just prior to the taper are usually the biggest running weeks.

As you know I will be doing the Strolling Jim 40 miler ultra-marathon in Wartrace, Tennessee.  You can see my on the entrants list.  Another cool thing is that an occasional reader of run4change will also be there doing the early start with me.  Although I am quite the introvert, it will be nice to meet him.  So for the next two weeks I am going to be pretty busy with my running.  I have some hill work, speed work, and some pretty long long runs coming up.  Here is the schedule.

Week 1

Mon & Tues & Sat:  Off  

Wed: 6 miles with 5 hill repeats @ 5k pace

Thurs: 6 miles easy

Fri:  6 mile tempo run with middle 3 miles @ 10k pace

Sun: 35 mile long run

Week 2 (The point of this hard week after a 35 mile long run is to give my body one last chance at learning how to run on very tired legs)

Mon & Tues:  Off

Wed: 6 miles with 6 hill repeats @ 5k pace

Thur:  6 miles easy

Fri:  6 miles with 12 x 400 track work at 5k pace and 1 min rest between repeats

Sat:  6 miles easy

Sun: 2o mile long run with last 10 at race pace

So there you have it.  This is what I will be doing in my final preparations for the Strolling Jim.  My goal is to break the 7 hour mark.  Last year I got 7:51 so this year I want at least a 6:59.  You get a different colored shirt for each hour category so I am hoping to get a red shirt this year.

26
Mar
09

My hardest workout EVER!!!!

This is the Strolling Jim 40 miler course profile

This is the Strolling Jim 40 miler course profile

As you can see, my 40 miler ultra-marthon in May is going to have a lot of hills.  It is notorious for its hills actually.  So on to my hardest workout ever.  Last night I had on my running schedule a hill workout.  These workouts are done a 5K pace on a hill that is a half mile long.  The point is to run up hill for a half mile at 5K pace and then run back down the hill.  Repeat this 5 times and do some slow running afterwards and my 6 mile hill workout is finish. Well…………………

To my surprise, this workout kicked my butt royally.  My lungs were burning, my legs pretty much could not do anymore, and I almost puked.  It took more mental gusto to finish the 5 reps than it took me to finish the 50 miler that I did.  I got my first hill rep at pretty close to the right pace but the rest of them were one minute per mile slower.  I just could not do it.  I am not saying that I did not want to do it, I actually could not do it.  I am strong in the mental game and can really push myself but this was just impossible.  Even at one minute per mile slower I was having an extremely hard time about 3/4 up the hill.

I talked it over with my coach and he said that this was OK because I had never done this before and it was completely new to my body.  We shortened up the rep from 800 meters to 600 meters but are keeping the pace at my 5k speed.  That is going up a big hill at 6:33 miles.  I have another hill workout next week on Tuesday and I am hoping that it will be a little easier.  I am sure it will get easier as I get more experience in this type of training.

Also, last night my WW program went perfectly smooth.  No bumps and no problems.  I ate right on program.

10
Feb
09

I got in! Whoohooo Yipppyyyy!

I got confirmation today that I have been registered for my favorite of all races: The Strolling Jim 40 Miler.  I wasn’t worried until I read the website this last Friday.  I noticed that they changed things around and that the race was capped at 50 runners on a first come first serve basis.  So I sent in my registration and money right away.  So happy to be in.  It’s gonna be great and I am going to set another Personal Record there.