Hope it all works out well jon. Distance isn't be all and end all for this though, if you have the time I reckon a good hilly fast walk in place of the odd run might offer benefits if that strains the calve less.
Going ok here, my only concern is a slight lack of long days out up till now (an extra day per week sould be nice). Apart from 9hrs on feet on BGR support at start of last month my last long day was a 50 back in april (most other weekends LSR have been 4 hrs or less). Time to remedy this though as a few weeks left to peak I figure. I'm sneaking off mid-month to do two days walk/running on the Cambrian way which is hilly/mountainous I understand. And the 30m Peaks skyrace (peak district) in early August should be a good 6hrs or so on feet I figure.
Hi jon. if the 610 has a breadcrumb map view thing for following 'courses' then it is probably possible. Thing is I'm not sure you can do it in garmin connect as I think they've tried to cut out the functionality for uploading courses other than those created in connect. Trying to push people who want to follow tracks/routes towards fenix models I reckon.
I digress, assuming works for 610 the other complication is that you need the old garmin software, Garmin Training Center. That link should take you to where you could download as doesn't appear to be offered as a download from garmin anymore. Compared to Connect its pretty 20th century, but last time I checked it still works with my Garmin 910xt and you can upload a .gpx that has been converted into a .tcx.
1. get .gpx file 2. go to gpsies site convert page 3. browse .gpx file, change convert to dropdown to 'garmin course TCX' 4. click 'convert', save to pc. 5. go into 'garmin training centre' (I've not got software on PC I'm typing on so below is from memory so wording might be slightly out) 6. of 3 tabs along top I think the 3rd I 'courses', click tab. 7. (from file menu I think) choose to import course. 8. select your .tcx file. ok 9. course appears and you can select it and should show a crude course overview in right panel. 10. turn on your garmin and wait while till started up. 11. right click the course and export to garmin (I think it is export option). 12. uploads to garmin. go to courses and check it is there. On my 910xt I can choose different options to edit course name and see distance and breadcrumb overview (validates upload and seemingly ok).
...although being realistic and with a target event of 70m with 7000 metres asc, I'm unlikely to get near that many weeks. Just do the best I can, this week hope to do near 50m and 3000m (most of this in a 6m hill reps session I've done this morning and a 24m outing on Sunday). Though with 7.5 weeks to go some weeks I should do a bit better as I have a few days on Cambrian way planned and the Peaks Skyrace start of August.
Hi Snap! My only difference from you there is I'd say that you don't need to be banging out say 70m every week for months before if training for that distance. A few weeks of that near peak would be enough for me as long as I had done a few build up events at regular intervals along the way (e.g. a 30-50 at some point and about a 40-60% distance LSR about a month before).
Similar compromise here Muzza2 as have 2.5 year old). Means I can rarely find time to do big mile weeks comprising lots of hilly trail and do less yearly miles than at peak in 2012. And I do probably max 5 to 10 whole days or overnights-days away a year now. But with more efficient use of time I've definitely become a better long distance trail runner (and better all round runner). One thing I didn't touch on above is that I do a few road runs each week out of necessity, but try and make these count with a 'every run has a purpose attitude - no junk miles just to record a big weekly target.' E.g. my typical week when training for something hilly - at present TDS - is something like below:
Sat or Sun - LSR (most weeks on hills, aiming for 200 foot-per-mile asc and desc - so plenty of walking. Most weeks done on Yorkshire Wolds so climbs or 150-500ft and lots of them. Usually an early start to be done by 10-11am. Occasionally swing a longer pass to get a 20m+ in or go to an event - e.g. did a couple of legs BGR support a few weeks back) Mon - 'Loosener' run after work (usually 3-5m around Hull town centre) Tue - leave car at home and AM short run in to work with quite heavy pack containing breakfast, lunch, work clothes. PM - hard session (e.g. reps, fartlek, tempo) to get home. Wed or Thu - flat/hilly trail run after work (depending on time available as flat trails closer to home). If really short of time my I run from office and do continuous ascents/descents of service staircase in local 13 storey building. Fri - before work, trail run, different to the Wed/Thu run (will do hills this day if did flat that day).
Doing the commute runs on Tuesday gets me some good miles in as 3m into work doesn't take me that much longer than my car commute would. And doing the hard run home means I get lots of miles in short time. Things like this reduce my away from family time a lot.
6 hours one day at weekend is plenty and gives you some drive time to find a hilly area to log a few hours in OR a really long run wherever to work on your endurance.