I’m starting to think about MdS as a restful vacation with a bit running thrown in. I’m not underestimating the desert...
So here’s the complete training log for Bandera.
Leadville 100 in August and then donut-eating and sloth until the first week of November — when I ran 9 whole miles.
So as far as a “Manatee to 100k” training program goes, I’d say it was pretty well designed.
What do you think of this as a book cover?
My biggest take-home is that if I have let my fitness decrease to manatee levels, it’s going to take more than 2 months to get into PR shape. How’s that for some brilliant critical analysis?
I think if I’d worked harder to run faster during training, rather than just logging miles, it would have paid off. That said, I think the high mileage served me well, and I don’t know how my body would have handled both during the eight weeks I gave myself.
I did an okay job getting sleep until about two weeks before the race. Being less sleep-deprived would have been helpful. Having kids in my 20s would have been helpful too…
All-in-all, I feel like I’m in a solid place to train for Marathon des Sables. I’m going to train for the Woodlands marathon on March 5th as part of that. Then I’ll do two of the 3 Days of Syllamo. And then onto the desert!