TransRockies Run Training Recap: Weeks 1-4!

If you didn’t see it, I’ve signed up for the 2018 TransRockies 6-day staged 120 mile run in Colorado. I have started a flexible training plan to build up my base mileage over the next six months and feel ready to start more intense and coached long distance running training in March. It feels weird to be writing training recaps with the run still 11 months away, but it has been nice to finally have a fitness goal to work towards over the past four weeks. This is the first of my monthly updates on TransRockies Run training, the rundown for weeks 1 to 4.

It was tough to start “training” on vacation because being on the road, in a hotel, in a different city, makes it hard to begin a routine but I still got in the mileage I wanted. I absolutely love having spin classes to compliment my running, but I still need to learn how to balance my running and strength training. My first Monday leg workout left me SO SORE for almost four days and it made running feel impossible so I need to modify my strength workouts to help and not hinder my runs! Functional strength training is so important and is something I am continually learning how to do.

Week 1 – August 14 – 20, 2017 – 26.48 miles

Monday: 60 minute spin class & 60 minute leg workout

Tuesday: 4.05 miles (9:07 min/mile)

Wednesday: 6.01 miles (9:32 min/mile)

Thursday: OFF

Friday: 5.0 miles (9:09 min/mile)

Saturday: OFF

Sunday: 11.42 miles (9:31 min/mile)

Week 2 – August 21 – 27, 2017 – 28.08 miles

Monday: 60 minute spin class

Tuesday: 6.04 miles (9:04 min/mile)

Wednesday: 3.82 miles (8:54 min/mile)

Thursday: 5.12 miles (9:30 min/mile)

Friday: OFF

Saturday: 13.10 miles (9:14 min/mile)

Sunday: 60 minute spin class + 5.0 mile walk

Week 3 – August 28 – September 3, 3017 – 29.08 miles

Monday: 2 X 60 minute spin classes

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday:  4.25 miles (9:37 min/mile) + 3.40 miles (8:36 min/mile)

Thursday: 3.41 miles (8:48 min/mile)

Friday: 10.12 miles (9:27 min/mile)

Saturday: 32.07 miles cycling (23.3 km/h)

Sunday: Whistler’s Summit hike (5.62 miles) + Maligne Canyon hike (2.28 miles)

Week 4 – September 4 – 10, 2017 – 35.18 miles

Monday: 5.0 mile walk

Tuesday: 4.68 miles (8:55 min/mile)

Wednesday: 8.10 miles including 5K Time Trial (23:42)

Thursday: 3.43 miles (9:10 min/mile)

Friday: 5.10 miles (9:10 min/mile)

Saturday: Canmore Triple Crown (13.87 miles; 8490ft elevation gain)

Sunday: OFF

These first four weeks of ‘My Year to TransRockies’ were riddled with some sore feet, shins, and calves, but nothing unreasonable. I saw a physiotherapist to have IMS needles done in my calves to reduce some of the knots and he gave me some great stretches and exercises to work on my ankle and calf mobility. I finished these four weeks with a bang, completing the Canmore Triple Crown which is a challenge to complete three of Canmore’s local summits in one day – Lady MacDonald, East End of Rundle, and Ha Ling. It was incredible and felt so good to spend so much time on the trails and practice some fuelling and gear strategies.

CURRENTLY…

Latest gear purchase: Ultimate Direction Adventure Vesta

Favourite fuel: GFB (Gluten-Free Bites) in Coconut Cashew and Nuun in Tropical

Proudest moment: completing the Canmore Triple Crown

What I’m working to improve: mobility and stretching, stretching, stretching

Feeling about TRR: EXCITED. I was reading a few of the recaps and stories from the 2017 TRR, as it wrapped up just as I started training, and I was overwhelmingly excited for next year’s adventure.