The buildup in mileage over the past 5 weeks followed by a slight taper this week put me exactly where I wanted to be for the 2011 U.S. 15k Trail Running Championships in Spokane, WA on May 14th. Although I didn’t have the amount of base training under my belt that I did for this race last year (it was held 2 months later in the Summer in 2010), I still had enough to defend my National Masters Title. As it currently stands, I have won 4 U.S. Masters trail running championships in the last 12 months.
The heavy training prior to this week zapped my immune system and I came down with a pretty serious head cold 2 days before the race. It slowed me down a little, but I really don’t think it was much of a factor in the race. Now that I have defended my title, I can focus on getting healthy and ready for the U.S. Half Marathon Trail Championships in Bend, OR on June 12th.
- Total Training Time – 11:02:41
- Total Running Time – 11:02:41
- Total Running Miles – 75.4
- Total Elevation Gain – 7,325′
Monday May 9th – 02:24:50
Tuesday May 10th – 02:029:21
Wednesday May 11th – 01:22:50
Thursday May 12th – 00:47:51
- Road Run – 6.07 miles, 47:51
Friday May 13th – 00:00:00
- REST Day – 15 hours of travel to Spokane!
Saturday May 14th – 01:52:18
- Race Warmup – 2 miles, 19:29
- U.S. 15k Trail Championships – 9.76 miles, 59:10 (7th overall, U.S. Masters Champion)
- Race Warmdown – 4.12 miles, 33:39
Sunday May 15th – 02:05:27
- Road Run – Alki Beach – 14.04 miles, 2:05:27
Weekly, Monthly and Yearly training totals can be found at http://runningraw.com/training.html