Training – August 2016 Summary – inc. Courchevel X-Trail 33k

Monthly Summary August 2016

Device: Garmin Forerunner 630

Monthly Totals:
Total Miles: 273.19 Miles Weight: – Avg Pace: 7:59 m/m Time: 36:21:05

August and back to the Alps, unfortunately we didn’t get out in 2015 and after a DNF in the Courchevel X-Trail 54k in 2014 I wanted to have another shot at racing in the mountains. This time the Courchevel X-Trail fell right in the middle of our trip giving me a week either side to acclimatise and get some good runs in, unlike 2014 where I drove 12 hours straight from the UK to get to Courchevel and arrived the day before the race (4am start).

So the plan was to get some decent training in whilst enjoying my birthday and some family holiday time. To try and get the legs ready for the ups and down the first run of the trip was from Sainte Foy Tarentaise to Bourge San Maurice (10.68 miles) and didn’t my legs know it, the rest of the week I spent running up and down the forest and ski runs of St Foy with a maximum distance of 5 miles plus some longer family hikes with Florence in the backpack.


Sunday 7th August was race day and the weather was also much better than 2014, I had a plan that I wanted to get done within 4 hours but it was still a bit of an unknown with the 2200m of ascents.

Courchevel X-trail 33k (18th) – 03:52:33

The result was better than expected with 18th overall and inside my 4 hour target, I said when I finished ‘I would be good at this if I could run down hill’ as so much time was lost on the technical descents but WOW what a race.

My final week was a mixed of shorter runs up and down in St Foy with one longer run of 14 miles from St Foy – Le monal – Tignes Le Lac down from one side of the valley and back up to the lake in Tignes.

The rest of the month was supposed to be back into marathon training proper with the target PlusNET Yorkshire Marathon in October.  The main long run effort being the White Star Running Bad Cow and as you can see from the Strava title i didn’t go to plan – Bad Cow Marathon Day 1 (DNF) Something not right.

It seemed the old injury of the psoas muscle was returning, so a change of plan with an increase of stretching and core work and steady running would see out the month with a aim to return to marathon schedule for a big September effort.

Diet & Weight

Build up month two, no weight recording June – September to concentrate on recovery and building up mileage and avoiding any niggles.

Switching to a balanced diet with a few treats that coincide with holidays and special occasions.

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