Sunday, June 7, 2009

Whew!

Well I'm thoroughly hammered. This has probably been the most rigorous four weeks of training that I've ever experienced. And although I feel like I've been working my ass off, my body is holding up quite well (knock on wood).

If I'm not ready to compete at States right now, then I never will be. Really, I'm not one to exaggerate, so you'll just have to trust me. For as hard as I trained in 2006, I don't think that I matched the likes of these past four weeks. But don't tell anyone. Right now I'm not being discussed as a contender, and I like it that way. I flew in under the radar in 2006, and I hope to do the same this year.

My mileage has been relatively low (85-95 miles), but I haven't run any "junk" miles. Don't get me wrong. I've certainly run some easy recovery jaunts, but I haven't run a step just to add 2-3 worthless miles to a weekly total. The bulk of my weekly mileage has come between Friday and Sunday.

Each of the past 4 Fridays have been spent running repeats up and down Mt. Si. For three weeks in a row, I ran 2 times up and down (6400 ft. of ascent). Then to cap off this block of training, I punched out three repeats this past Friday. All three ascents were negative splits. Saturdays have been the big, long runs. The first Saturday of this stint was 69.88 miles in 10:37 as part of a twelve hour race. The ascent was minimal, only 4k, but it gave me some real confidence going that distance after a hard day before. Each of the next two Saturdays were spent at Tiger Mountain, running 12 peaks. It's a local run in which you hit all six summits of Tiger out and back, for a total of 12. The run logs over 9000 ft, covers 34 miles, and takes just over 6 hours. This past Saturday I opted for a slightly more runnable course. I hammered out two loops of the Cougar 14 miler. Again, this is a staple local run. I ran the first loop in 2:09 and the second in 2:03. 28 miles. 5300 ft. of ascent. Not too bad after triple Mt. Si's. And each of the last 4 Sundays I've spent leading the Seattle Running Company trail runs. These runs are typically 2-3 hours and cover 14-16 miles on hilly terrain. So in three days I've been knocking out 16-18 grand of climbing.

Hopefully, it's still just my mom and sister reading this, because I really do hope to avoid the pre-race hype. I'm writing this mostly to satisfy myself. I can certainly feel how hard I've been working at this, but it's nice to take a moment and put to paper (computer screen, in this case) the training I've put in. Well it sounds good, so let's see how it all plays out in less than 3 weeks.

12 comments:

jhalekas said...

You'd be amazed who reads these things.

Don't worry, we know you'll be a contender out there.

-Jasper

Brian Morrison said...

Damn, Jasper. Now you decide to tell me you're reading my blog. Couldn't you have commented on Pearl Jam or something? I'm only kidding, of course. See you in 19 days! It sounds like you're feeling pretty ready to go too.

Matt Lonergan said...

Great training Brian. You probably don't know me but I do frequent your blog. As Jasper said....everyone knows your a contender. I'll be pacing Olmstead...see you down there.

Your Sister said...

You're a freak! I tried to run up Flattop Mountain last week which is only about 1,500-2,000 feet of elevation gain and had a pretty difficult time. How you can do triple Mt. Si's is beyond me. You better kick some ass at WS. FREAK!

Brian Morrison said...

I'll take that as a compliment, Aubrey. Thanks.

Kendall K said...

Brian, good luck at States. I'll be watching the web-cast and tracking a bunch of people. Been running into any familiar faces on Tiger or Si? I would expect Scott and Krissy are regulars at this point in time. Should be an interesting race for both the men and women this year.

stickinthebut said...

The monster has awoken! doubles-triples-peaks, please let the world know were still buried in the high country.......and this ANIMAL is ready explode!!!!

-BOO YA-

Dave said...

good luck, brian - enjoy reading your blog and look forward to the webcast. -dave (in japan)

Hart said...

i'll be there of course.. but i've got the whole nuun office fired up to watch the live broadcast and my twitter page!

i'll be cheering for you man! good luck and taper well.

http://twitter.com/theMattHart

Jose Suarez said...
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Jose Suarez said...

Hi Brian,

Your buddy Jose here. I'm glad you blogged about your last four weeks of training. I've been wondering how you're are doing -- and now I know. So glad you are going into WS so strong. I'll be volunteering at Rucky Chucky and pacing a middle-of-the-pack runner from there; if you want me to have something special for you at Rucky Chucky, just let me know. All the best...

Rogue Valley Runners said...

B Morrison, probably providing the best draft at Western States. Or is that slipstream.

Time to post again. I mean June 7th Brian, Carly loves your writing too much to wait this long.

hk

PS - the verification word for blogger was "coctupe." Please ask J. Dean if he know what that is.