I did have the benefit of taking a week and a half off for the holidays, and since we don’t participate in the festivities, it was pretty easy to wake up early with my wife and get the mileage in. She also is training for the Way Too Cool 50K in March and is really working on building her base and endurance.
So why all of the elevation gain when the first up race, the Surf City Marathon, is flat? I am working on both strength an thinking in terms of the Way Too Cool 50K 5 weeks after and Diablo Challenge 50K in April.
This is the elevation profile of each race:
Surf City Marathon (February 2nd)
Diablo Challenge 50K (April 19th)
To be honest, I was a bit afraid that with my focus on trail and steep hills that my pace would be affected for road running. I have made some gains in the past couple of months, especially when taking advantage of the Wednesday group runs. However, I found that my road pace has continued to drop, with the most recent 7.7 mile road loop on the Ygnacio Valley Canal trail averaging 9:22. Take out the first mile “warm up” and the pace is 9:02. Much better than the 9:47 that I had settled into. So the trail running actually helped instead of hurt this time.
While I felt that I might have bit off more than I could chew with this schedule, it is looking more and more as if things are going to work out fine. Let’s see how January goes.