Phase 2 is all about the long run. I want to log as many 18-22 mile runs as possible before I get to phase 3. I also plan to hit the stairs hard in phase 2. Mon – Thurs will mostly be maintenance and recovery for the weekend. I anticipate the Sat-Sun combo of stairs > long run to be very tough, but should pay huge dividends once I can get back on the trail.
Planned Vs. Reality
The winter was warm and dry so I didn’t need to hide in any stairwells like I thought. I mostly stayed consistent with phase one and built up my long runs and focused on back to back work with about 12 hours of recovery. Typically I would do Thursday night, Friday morning, Friday night, Saturday morning and Sunday morning, before taking a day off on Monday. I didn’t do as many 18-20 milers as I hoped, but I got a few in and finished with a 50k. Overall, I’ve learned that I don’t need all the miles I thought I did. Recovery and diet became just as important.