North Face Endurance Challenge Training Recap: Weeks 2 and 3

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Week 2 of training was (as expected) much harder to execute than week 1. Fortunately things felt a little easier in week 3. My cross training suffered a little bit because both my swim and run groups are on hiatus for a few weeks, so I have to make myself swim on my own. That doesn't sound like it should be hard, but it is a little bit challenging to do a swim workout alone. 

I feel like I rallied for week 3. It helped that the weather improved for the weekend so we were able to do a long run as well as a hike. We've had a lot of rainy weekend which makes hiking sound less desireable. 

WEEK 2:
Monday:
Rest - tech swim was cancelled due to pool clarity issues.

Tuesday:
Track torture - 3.3 miles. Since it was the last week of run group, we played a "fun" game. Scavenger hunt trivia. 

Wednesday:
Swim -1500 yds, 31:00 (2:04/100yd) - another "fun" game. You roll the dice which corresponds to a set.

Thursday:
Rest

Friday:
Rest - I was supposed to go to sport conditioning, but I chose to sleep in. 

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Saturday:
Long run - 7.6 mi, 2:00 (15:34 avg pace, 1,050 ft elevation gain). We ran/hiked straight up instead of taking the more gentle, long way around. It was good...until we heard rustling in the woods, at which point we decided to turn around and head for home. We chose the long way around for our trip home as it was nicer on our knees. 

Sunday:
Rest - again, no hike because it was POURING rain. 

WEEK 2 TOTAL:
Run: 10.9 miles, 1,109 feet elevation
Swim: 1500 yds

WEEK 3:
Monday:
Sport Strength - 60 minutes

Tuesday:
Run/hike -  3.6 miles, 57:00 (15:31 avg pace, 525 ft elevation gain). Rolling hills in heart rate zone 2. Had to dodge a moose (#AlasakProblems) and saw a giant owl swooping through the woods. It was pretty cool!

Wednesday:
Rest

Thursday:
Run, speed - 5.2 miles, 55:48 (10:44 avg pace, 259 ft elevation gain). Ran to the track, did 10 x 400 @ about an 8:00 pace, ran home. I was supposed to do 12 x 400, but I decided that since I almost barfed on the last one and still had to run home that it was ok to only do 10. 

Friday:
Sport Conditioning - 60 minutes

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Saturday:
Long run - 11 miles, 2:31 (13:47 avg pace, 1,007 ft elevation gain). We ran and out and back along Powerline Pass. It was all fine and good until we were headed uphill into a 20 mph headwind. Fortunately we didn't have to endure that for too long. Just long enough to really appreciate how nice things felt on the way back down...

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Sunday:
Hike - 6 miles, 1,510 ft elevation gain. A sunny day was ll the motivation we needed to grab the dogs and head back into the mountains. We didn't summit anything, but it was good to get out and walk uphill.

WEEK 2 TOTAL:
Run/Hike: 25.7 miles, 3,301 feet elevation