43 - 1,000' up/down on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
44 - 2,000' up/down on Shut-In.
45 - 2,100' up/down on Shut-In to Sleepy Gap.
46 - 2,650' up/down on Shut-In (1,400'), then some up only on treadmill (1,250') *
47 - 2,215' up only on treadmill. **
48 - 1,400' up/down on Greybeard Trail.
49 - 3,800' up only on treadmill 6%/6mph. (119,131,133,133,133,135,134,136,137,137,141,144) ***
Another big week for me, my 3rd in a row now. Perhaps I shouldn't call these big weeks anymore if I'm feeling very capable of this. Was right around the 10:00 mark for time on feet and still feeling strong. Still not seeing any signs to pull back yet, so I'll keep doing what I'm doing.
* = Was feeling really good on the climbs on this run, but very weak on the descents. So I eased way up on the way back down the trail and went home to get a little more up only on the mill since every other part of me felt strong. What happened today led to a very important discovery in my training that I will talk about in the Side Note.
** = After a nice, easy and steep warm up I did 1h/1e for :30/3 miles at 6% with the hards being at 8mph and the easy at 4mph. I felt very controlled and thought that I may have picked the right speeds for the workout today because the max and min HR's for each 2 minutes were staying very much the same. The last rep my HR started at 129, then maxed at 157 at the end, then after the 1 minute recover at 6%/4mph it was back down to 129. Just for fun I decided to remember my 1 minute recovery from the last rep in :15 second increments - 157,153,147,138,129.
*** = Had every intention of doing 10-10.5 miles at 6%/6mph today. As a matter of fact, the first 15:00 were so bad that I must have said to my self 100 times during that 15:00 that I wouldn't run more than 30:00-40:00 today. After 30:00 though I started feeling good and after 40:00 I was into quite a nice rhythm. Then for the next hour my HR and PE hardly budged so I thought this would be a good time to go for the full 2 hours, something I hadn't planned on doing for another 4-5 weeks. Looking back at the 10 miles I did like this 2 weeks ago I noticed my HR being the same at miles 11&12 this week as it was for miles 9&10 2 weeks ago. Legs felt great and are very comfortable at 6 mph. It may be time to increase the speed of this run with the idea of building from 90-120 minutes again.
Side Note - I believe I discovered, perhaps, the most important run I do every week. During Tuesday's run (day46) the down hills were just tearing me up, my feet and ankles felt brittle, but every thing else felt strong. I looked back at the prior weeks and noticed that on Monday or Tuesday I always hit the mill for an easy up only run. The past 2 weeks I was out on the trails on Monday and Tuesday adding more downhill miles to my body, which caused the weak, brittle feeling I had Tuesday. I carry alot of mass. If the East Africans call this guy a fatty, then they would think I'm a contestant on The Biggest Loser. Anyway, it's very important for me to do less downhill vert than up vert simply because of the added stress it puts on my body. The mill can get a little boring, but I've learned how necessay it is for me to recover from the descents on the trail.