Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jemez Bound

As a lot of you already know, I ran Jemez (or at least 17 miles of it) in 2008. The race report is here. Anyway, I've thrown myself, once again, into the fray. Training commences tomorrow on a whole new level simply because flatlanders are at such a disadvantage when it comes to mountain racing. The altitude doesn't seem to bug me but the inclines and declines just fry my quads, so I'll be hitting the gym at least 3-4 times a week, working on lunges and so forth and hopefully I will have the time to get out to Horseshoe Bend for some good hill repeats as well. I'm really looking forward to getting focused again. My racing season has been, so far, a big letdown due to time constraints and absolute lack of discipline in training. Gotta bring the heat now.


DavidH said...

Awesome! Have a great little block of training before playing in NM.

I have been wanting to get out there the last couple years...I will have to wait yet another as the three mile jogs won't cut it.

Enjoy the journey!

olga said...

Squats with heavy weights for downhills. Practice hard power walking on grades above 7% as you won't be running them there. Treadmills are good. Practice hard power walk in general, before you need to walk. Sub-4mph should be your goal, on the hills. Jumps up the bench. Step-ups on the bench with dumbbells. Good luck, it's a beautiful course!

Mark C. Smith, "The Naked Runner" said...

David- Thanks! I'm looking forward to it myself!
Olga- I REALLY appreciate the strength training advice. It will be put to good use, believe me!! Thanks again!

Rick Gaston said...

Nice race you've chosen there. I just looked at the altitude profile. Good for you man, throwing yourself back at it. Hitting the gym is genius especially the part about lunges, do them with medicine balls. Plyometric squats are great too.