TNF ECS 50K Training – Week 8

Well, I’m officially halfway through training. Eight weeks down, seven weeks to go until race day. I think training is a lot like a marathon, though. You’re not really halfway until mile 20. But I ran 20 miles on Saturday, so that’s gotta count for something! Here’s a recap of last week’s 50K training, as part of the Weekly Wrap link up. This link up is hosted by the lovely HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin’.


Monday – Cross training: Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred level 1 workout. We got nearly 7 inches of snow and a nice layer of ice on top of that throughout the day.


Tuesday – 4 mile easy run with ‘Sven’ (the treadmill) in the evening after work.

Wednesday – 4 mile hill workout with Sven after work. I actually had enough daylight to do this workout outside, but the snow hadn’t melted much at all and I wanted to get in a quality workout. So back to the treadmill I went. I did six quarter mile hill repeats for a total of 624 feet in elevation gain. This was a tough workout for me. I managed to pack in more elevation gain than last week when I did seven repeats during a five mile workout.

Thursday – 4 mile easy run at a park in a nearby town. The snow pretty much hadn’t melted at all on 90% of the trail, which made for a really pretty run.


There were even some parts of the trail I ran on where pretty much no one else had been. That was pretty neat. I also spent nearly 3/4 of a mile running up hill on snow that had a layer of ice on top. So much for an easy run! My pace was easy, but my calves were screaming during that part. It was a lot of work running uphill through that snow!


The only downside to this run was that I severely underestimated how much colder it would be running next to the creek and river. In the summertime it’s nice, but this time of year I really need to remember a pair of gloves and an extra layer on top.


Friday – Rest.

Saturday – 20 mile long run. I also ran the Blacksburg Classic 10 Miler as part of my long run. I ended up doing 8.5 miles before the race, running the race with Barry, and then finishing the final 1.5 miles afterward. I felt great during my pre-race miles, but the actual race and the post-race miles were pretty tough. Full recap coming later this week!

I got to watch the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets doing their obstacle course during my pre-race miles. It’s hard to tell but in the distance there’s a cargo net that’s REALLY high in the air!

Sunday – Rest. I was fairly sore from Saturday’s run, particularly my quads. But that’s to be expected, since I had issues with cramping the final four miles. Other than that I primarily felt fatigued and most of the soreness was gone by last night after moving around most of the day.

Total Miles: 32 miles

Despite Saturday’s tough long run, this week was a good one for me. During the week my runs felt good and it was a big improvement over week 7. The sunset keeps on getting a little bit later each day, and I’m looking forward to doing more of my weekday runs outside.

Who else raced this past weekend? How was it?
Are you good at dressing for the weather conditions when working out?
Daylight savings: yea or nay?

14 thoughts on “TNF ECS 50K Training – Week 8”

  1. 624 feet of elevation gain in that short distance is unreal. Was Sven pointed to the ceiling? LOL. Your snowy pictures from Thursday’s run look so peaceful. Congrats on getting your 20 miles accomplished, and the 10 mile race as part of that. Do you wish now you had waited to run the extra miles afterwards? I guess I’ll have to wait for your recap! Thanks for linking with us Meagan.

    1. No, haha! Thus far I’ve been keeping my hill repeat lengths the same (quarter mile) and I’ve been working on increasing the percent incline. For that run I was doing them at 8%. I think I may start decreasing the grade just a bit and increasing repeat distance. Or maybe I’ll be able to start doing them outside!

      I don’t wish I had waited to run the extra miles afterward, but I do wish I had done a few things differently. One of the main things would have been to not have so much time between my prerace miles and the race.

  2. I’m looking forward to Daylight savings. Once the weather got nice to run after work, we fell back an hour. I want that extra hour to enjoy the spring weather that’s coming.

  3. Wow Meagan I’m so impressed with your 20miler plus a race! I love seeing the beautiful pictures of the snow but I only wanna see pictures none of that stuff down here, lol! Thanks for linking up with us! Have a great weekend!

    1. Happy to provide the pictures 🙂 We often have snow on and off from October through April. But this year I’m hoping we’re about done with the stuff. It often makes training on trails a challenge and puts me on the treadmill more than I’d like!

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