Tag Archives: Training

Week in Review: July 4th – 10th, 2011

On the training front, this week was ‘scheduled’ as a base builder. The plan was to get my mileage back into the 90’s and then 100’s the following week in preparation for the Mt. Ashland Hill Climb on August 6th. … Continue reading

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Week In Review: June 27th – July 3rd, 2011

The best laid plans of mice and men… This week my manly plans had me feeling like a mouse. A mouse that played chicken with the cat…. and lost. This was all thanks to the Cranmore Hill Climb, which served as the U.S. Mountain Running Championships this past Sunday the 26th. Continue reading

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Weekly Training: June 20th – 26th, 2011

Having a great race at Mount Washington last week was a huge confidence builder. Running well on trails is one thing, but to do well in a mountain race you need to have a pair of mountain legs. So heading into the U.S. Mountain Running championships on Sunday, I was confident that I had a chance at another U.S. Masters title. Continue reading

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Weekly Training: June 13th – 19th, 2011

Keeping up a substantial training load while in the middle of an important racing season can be a challenge. You don’t want to train too much and show up to your races tired, but you also don’t want to taper too much and lose fitness for races in the future. Continue reading

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Weekly Training: June 6th – 12th, 2011

Failing to plan is planning to fail. But even the best laid plans are mere guideposts on your journey. My plan of not taking any rest days was quickly derailed this week by various elements and I had to simply re-adjust. Perhaps my legs needed a day or two to freshen up. I always try to see the best in every derailment… Continue reading

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Weekly Training: 5/30/11 – 6/5/11

Training has always been experimental for me. There are some athletes that follow the same plan day in and day out for their entire careers. I have never been one of those regimented souls. The unknown has too great a pull on the decisions I make in regards to my moving forward in life. This approach has not been without downsides… Continue reading

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Weekly Training: 5/23/11 – 5/29/11

There is nothing quite like the brilliant neon green of a New England Spring to motivate one to explore the plentiful wooded trails in the area. Rather than dreading the relentless mileage that I’ve been putting in, I’ve been looking forward to it each and every day as an opportunity to discover my surroundings. I’ve enjoyed it so much that I tallied an epic 109.7 miles… Continue reading

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Weekly Training: 5/16/11 – 5/22/11

Keeping up a heavy load of training while traveling is always a challenge, especially when you are reliant on the schedule and transportation of others. The key is to break it up into smaller chunks and get it done as early as possible. Of course it’s a lot easier to do this when you have the stunning scenery of NW Washington and British Columbia as your backdrop. Wow! Continue reading

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Weekly Training: 5/09/11 – 5/15/11

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 … Continue reading

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Tim VanOrden’s Running Raw Update – May 11th, 2011

Another year has ticked by and I’m beginning my 43rd lap around the Sun. With a solid year of training and racing behind me, I’m entering into the 2011 USA Trail Running Championship Series in the best shape of my life. In the past few weeks, I’ve set two new lifetime PR’s and the season is just beginning. On May 14th, I’ll be attempting to defend my championship title at the U.S. 15k Trail Championships in Spokane, WA. Continue reading

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