Week two of training for the 2021 Badwater 135 was less busy than week one, because I’m tapering for a 100-mile race this weekend, but I still kept fairly busy. I’ll list my workouts below, but I had my first crew meeting via Webex — that was fun getting to see everybody, but it was also a bit of a reality check. It’s getting real, and I have a great team of people ready to fully commit to helping me, but I also have a ton of work to do to get ready to make sure I don’t let them down. I like the pressure, it’s pretty motivating.
I had to do a little scrambling to get my crew together for this weekend but I’m all set and pretty excited. The race I’m doing is one I’ve done before — it’s a very flat course in Kansas that I ran for my first 100 in 2019 and I ran it again last year but DNF’d at mile 81 because of hypothermia. Super frustrating to DNF that late, but it is what it is, you keep on running them and learning from them. I’m down 15 pounds from my last 100, I’m stronger, and I’ve totally changed my day-to-day nutrition and long-run fueling, so I added this basically as a test to see how I run with my lighter body and different nutrition.
From there, I have Keys 100 down in Florida in May to add in the heat element along with any potential nutrition adjustments I make. Kind of nutty to think I’m running a pair of 100-mile races within seven weeks as tests/training runs, but here I am. Badwater don’t care and is very unforgiving. I have to be ready. I’m excited about this weekend, and a little nervous because I know how I do is going to swing my confidence considerably one way or the other, but I need to be careful and not mentally overlook this. While it’s not the toughest race I’ll run this year, or even the toughest race I’ll run before Badwater, it’s still 100 miles. And that’s a long ways.
OK, that’s where I’m at, here’s what I did last week (oh, I dropped another two pounds, 210.0 this morning):
- 6.04 easy miles in the morning
- One hour, 3.7 miles at 9.5 incline on the treadmill at lunch
- 7.06 easy miles in the morning
- One hour, 3.7 miles at 9.5 incline with a 20-pound weighted vest on the treadmill at lunch
- Chest/arms lifting at the gym after work (six stations, five sets of 20 reps each)
- 9.27 easy miles with strides in the morning.
- 8.2 miles with 3x 1200/400 intervals with 400 recoveries in the morning
- One hour, 3.7 miles at 9.5 incline with 20-pound weighted vest on the treadmill after work.
- 4.11 easy miles after work.
- One hour, 3.6 miles at 12.0 (Gundy told me to up the incline so I did) on the TM after running
- 30 minutes, 2.0 miles (faster pace but less time) at 12.0 on the TM before lifting
- Back/shoulders/abs lifting at the gym (7 stations, 5 sets of 20 reps each)
- 6.04 easy in the morning
- Weights at the gym, chest/arms/abs. 6 stations, 5 sets of 20 reps each.
- 14.06 easy miles at night (was supposed to do this Saturday, #fail)
- Totals for the week: 54.81 miles running, 16.7 miles power hiking on the treadmill, three lifting sessions.
That’s it for week two … hope to be back with a good recap from Kansas next week!