I've come through 103km (64 miles) of running so far this year all at a very good pace (I'm ahead of target) so naturally eager to think more deeply about the next 8 months before Pike's Peak. I've had trouble with my Achilles for four days so only looking to add a short 6k run today. If the situation has improved by tomorrow hopefully I can get the remaining 30km I have planned done but I won't take any chances as these weeks are just the ramp-up and the real mileage all lies ahead.
One great session I read about for Pike's Peak was this: After each long hilly run, find a staircase or a step and do a session of "Step-ups" on it. This is a great idea as it simulates the fact that you have to navigate the infamous 16-Golden Steps staircase at the very final stages of the Pike's Peak Ascent when the air is at its thinnest.
It's also a great idea in general as it builds the right type of strength for uphill running and uses a movement that is incredibly specific to steep inclines. I'll be trying this session once I get a bit fitter. Until then I have implemented Step-Ups into the strength exercise regime I am slowly starting. I try to get a step at least as high as midway up my quads to get a proper exercise out of it. Doing this with a dumbbell in one hand is even more fun!
I'll be hoping for more creative sessions that mimic the trials and tribulations of the Pike's Peak over the coming months.