Flashback to 2009 Haliburton Forest 100 Mile Training


I’ve kept a training log since I began running year round in 1982. As a runner, and a coach, I’ve always found it fascinating and informative reading old training logs. I also have old books and manuals that contain detailed training logs from some of the greatest distance runners of the past hundred years including Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zatopek, Lasse Viren, Derek Clayton, Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter and Ron Hill. And coaches like Arthur Lydiard, Jack Daniels, and Bill Bowerman, just to name a few. I’ve always felt that so much could be learned from combining the latest training philosophy’s with knowledge from the past, combined with my own trial and error on myself.


I was reading through some of my old training logs recently and was reviewing one of my best training blocks from 12 years ago as I was preparing for the 2009 Haliburton Forest 100 mile. I’d had a really good buildup that year throughout the winter, spring and summer of consistently high mileage (up to 24+ hours per week of running) that included on average 2-3 hours per day of running, combined with lots of hills, decent speed work, strides/accelerations, and many solid long runs. I also tended to do lot of double workouts where I’d often run twice per day to get in extra mileage, while being able to run it faster. I did include some basic core work and other exercises to keep me structurally healthy, but other than that, didn’t include any other cross training. Just run!

The majority of my training was done on the trails around our home in Yarker, but I would usually go to Frontenac Park and Gould Lake at least a couple of times per week to benefit from either longer trails, more challenging hills, or both. Specificity is so important with running, especially on technical terrain, and these two trail systems nicely mimicked the Haliburton race course. We also made a few trips to the Adirondack’s High Peaks Region that summer for training weekends to get in some long, sustained mountain running. The training was hard, but my body was adapting to it and thriving on it.