"Gaze upon my mighty week of training and tremble."
Here's what my week looked like:
Monday: 10 miles in 100.5 (HR=130)
Tuesday: 10 in 104 (HR=127) in deep snow
Wednesday: 10.5 in 104 (HR=132) wind chill= 6
Thursday: 10 in 105.5 (HR=121) wind chill= -6, snowing
Friday: 10 in 105 (HR=122) heavy snowfall
Saturday: 10.5 in 104.5 (HR=128) wind chill= 0, bad footing
Sunday: 11 in 105 (HR=133) wind chill = -3, very bad footing
So, that's 72 miles in bad weather, though much slower than I'd like. Last week, I improved from 11 minute miles to 10 and this week I went from 10 to 9.5 (and about 9 yesterday). I included the average heart rate for the runs, which show that I'm not working too hard and am improving slightly.
I now feel I'm in shape to do the Superior 100 in 35 hours, +/- 3 hours, which means I think I have about an 80-85% chance of finishing, if I just stay where I'm at and don't improve. I hope to get my average pace down to 8.5 min./mile, which with some decent long runs, should get me a nice mid-pack finish and, with careful training and racing could get me as low as 27 hours and a top-3 finish.
[And I'm up to 11 push-ups before my form falls apart.]
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