50k A Month- April Reflections
28 April 2020
- 400+ km is a lot of data, and that's not counting the training in between. In considering that and what I've noted, I don't believe I can account for every factor that got me to where I am.
- I have remained uninjured throughout this experiment. My daily running streak has continued unbroken, but it hasn't all been 100% pain-free. I have had some intense heel pain since June 2019 (possibly heal spurs). My shins have been pretty sore some days. Nothing debilitating.
- I didn't have a particularly great training block going into the first one in August. I did fine, but I was ultimately disappointed in how I performed at the end.
- I had a great build up to Black Canyon in February. I specifically tried to back off at Pass Mountain and I could have pushed harder at Coldwater.
- The solo 50k in December down the Black Canyon trail was something I'll remember forever. So much fun. But also a lot of downhill.
- Contrast that with the last one this month, which was miserable. Even more solo. On the run I decided that the cumulative fatigue was unproductive going forward. If I can't recover I've only accomplished being in perpetual recovery. I don't think that's something anyone signs up for.
Which brings me to the trends. My finish times correlate fairly strongly with elevation (.67) and temperature (.65). That is, more elevation or hotter = slower and harder. This makes me question the cumulative fatigue theory. Harder conditions are harder, and that shouldn't surprise anyone.
Finish Time vs Elevation in Meters