Backing it up

This week signals the start of serious mileage accumulation. The aim was to get the Paluma Push out of the way so that I could concentrate on the last 8 week build up to the Glasshouse 100 miler in September. Although I still have two cross country mountain bike races between now and the race, I should be able to get away with pure running and less biking.

Ironic that the first day of the program started with a rest day (Monday), but already two days in and I've logged 50km. These have been done as morning, afternoon, morning, so not a lot of recovery between each. Tomorrow (Thursday) I have a 6 hour run planned in the morning, followed by a 1 hour barefoot run in the evening. This is a huge volume over such a short period of time, but I feel that I need to train fatigued to a certain extent, to mimic race conditions at the 100km plus point of the race.

The rest of the week continues in similar fashion. I have a trip to Darwin on Friday, returning to Cairns on Saturday, and then heading out for a 4 to 5 hour run in the afternoon.

Sunday is up to 3 hours, probably split between morning and afternoon.

Backing up sessions is what I enjoy the most. That feeling of fatigue makes me feel that I earn a rest day every now and then. It becomes easier once you gain momentum, and providing you eat and drink correctly, the body adapts to this routine and one can tend to miss this feeling in periods of downtime.

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