Back To Mammoth. Back To Basics.

There have been many changes for Lindsay and I in the past 2 months.  All of which have been for the best.

We recently moved back to Mammoth Lakes after realizing that working for a company like Mammoth Hospital/SPORT Center is impossible to beat.  I now understand how being happy with your employment impacts every aspect of your life.

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VO2 max testing Deena Kastor in our Performance Lab. (Photo Credit: Andrew Kastor)

I was in denial that my professional life could negatively impact my personal life or running career.  However, after several months of difficulties with personal relationships, struggling to recover from workouts and races, a relatively unsuccessful early Spring road circuit, and very short/failed track season, the writing on the wall became clear.  A change was needed.

After we made the move, Lindsay and I fell back into our normal lives in this little mountain town as if we had never left.  A HUGE thank you to all of our family, friends, coworkers and SRA teammates for making this life change all the more effortless.  We truly are surrounded by great people.

For running, my coach, Mike McKeeman, and I decided it would be best to hit the reset button both mentally and physically before entering any additional races.  Knowing my love for marathon training and true enjoyment of the process to properly prepare, we decided to erase everything else from the Spring season and focus on Grandmas Marathon in June.  

After a short break in training, I am happy to report that for the past 4 weeks things have begun to click nicely.  I’ve been able to run some great altitude workouts, I’m recovering well, and more importantly, once again enjoying training.  With 5 weeks left, and work to be done, there is every indication of a successful race June 21st in my birth state of Minnesota!  Run Happy!

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Sweet new Brooks racing kit!

Quick recap of the past 4 weeks:

8 Weeks Out

AM

PM

Mileage

Monday

10

4

14

Tuesday

10

4

14

Wednesday

Green Church Broken Tempo: 1mi, 2mi, 3mi, 1mi, 2mi,  all 3 min rest;  4:58, 10:28, 16:01,  5:06, 10:40

0

15

Thursday

12

0

12

Friday

10

4

14

Saturday

10

4

14

Sunday

Round Valley, 6:13 avg: 4 easy, 4 quick, 4 moderate, 8 quick

0

20

Total

 

 

103

7 Weeks Out

AM

PM

Mileage

Monday

9

4

13

Tuesday

Mammoth Track: 15×300 w/30 sec rest. All 51s

4

14

Wednesday

12

0

12

Thursday

10

4

14

Friday

Green Church Tempo: 3x4mile, 2.5min rest- 5:24 avg

0

17

Saturday

10

4

14

Sunday

Green Church, 6:19 avg: Miles 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 all between 5:17 and 5:23

0

22

Total

 

 

106

6 Weeks Out

AM

PM

Mileage

Monday

10

4

14

Tuesday

14

0

14

Wednesday

10

4

14

Thursday

Mammoth Track: 4x2mile with 3min rest. 10:26, 10:25, 10:23, 10:20

0

14

Friday

10

4

14

Saturday

10

5

15

Sunday

American River Trail, 5:53 avg: 13 at 5:30 avg

0

22

Total

 

 

107

5 Weeks Out

AM

PM

Mileage

Monday

9

5

14

Tuesday

Mammoth Track: 15×300 with 35 seconds rest: All 52s

4

14

Wednesday

10

0

10

Thursday

Green Church Tempo: 10miles, 5:25 avg

0

18

Friday

11

4

15

Saturday

10

4

14

Sunday

Round Valley, 6:12 avg: Final 12 alternating between 5:20-5:25 and 6:10-6:15

0

24

Total

 

 

109

 

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3 thoughts on “Back To Mammoth. Back To Basics.

  1. hypernayte says:

    Tim, while I realize that the above workouts and times are probably second nature to you (and the result of a lot of work), they amaze me. It’s really cool to see how well you perform for the marathon distance and how well your body appears to hold up. I’ll continue to stalk this blog for my own personal knowledge and gain. I’m selfish like that.

  2. Thank you, Nathan. And nothing wrong with a little stalking here and there 🙂 The secret is a slow build up and consistent year in/year out training. I’ve had relatively uninterrupted training for the past 12+ years. That with proper guidance has allowed me to adapt well and respond to the workload.

  3. Johne24 says:

    This design is wicked! You obviously know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog well, almostHaHa! Wonderful job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool! cbgaceedaded

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