PM: 5 miles (1,000') easy. Falls long. Crazy windy out, but without the cold I just laughed at it.
Tues - Noon: 7 miles (1,600') easy. Falls - Spring Creek - Stout - Herrington - Spring Creek - Soderberg - home long. Sunny. Left hamstring still a bit weird but should be gone by tomorrow.
PM: 10 miles track. Hot out, but went with the long sleeve to get a good sweat going. Workout was 4 x 800/300, w/100 jog after 800 & 400 jog after 300. 800 'featured event' to get warmed up. Digits: 3:04, then 2:36/56, 2:38/54, 2:33/53, 2:37/56. Started these out with the intention of doing half marathon type pace, but ended up pushing harder.
January: 440.5 miles (45,850')
February: 304.5 miles (39,200')
March: 469.5 miles (67,100')
April: 427 (62,000')
May: 509.5 (92,500)
Total: 2151 miles (306,650')
Avg: 430 miles (61,330')
Weds - Noon: 8.5 miles (800') easy on the Valley trails. Right leg felt a bit jacked in the ankle and groin from the track yesterday, but should be good in a couple of days.
PM: 5 miles (1,000') easy. Falls long.
Thurs - AM: 2.5 miles easy at Heil Ranch outside Lyons for a PI photo shoot with Darcy (and Alistair).
PM: 8 miles (2,200') Horsetooth TT. 3 mile warm up, then Horsetooth at 80%: 25:36. Hot and windy out, but a pretty controlled effort for a third-fastest ascent ever (on tired legs). Encouraging.
Photos: Don Karle
Photos: Don Karle
Fri - AM: 6 easy (600'). Valley.
Sat - AM: 33 miles (8,000'). Dirty Thirty.
Sun - 6 miles easy (1,400'). Ran the Teva Mountain Games 10k course (after the race) with Alex as his warm down. Lots of slop, snow and crustiness.
Total: 104 miles (18,600')
May was a record month for me, and I doubt I'll ever record that kind of monthly mileage again. It's not that the running was that much of a grind - the mileage actually came pretty easily - it's just such a mental effort to constantly be trying to find time slots to run and then be ready to go at the drop of a hat when the opportunities arise. It's like being a runner 'on call.' The key for me is getting up early and being done with a lot of my runs before the family is up. It also means depriving myself of sleep and drinking record amounts of coffee. Surely not a sustainable proposition.
Anyway, with the mileage and vert now in my back pocket, it will be interesting to see what results the training yields. I know I'm fit, I know I'm durable, and I know I'm mentally prepared to work through some hurt. Will it be enough? I'll find out soon enough.
Had the opportunity to talk Hardrock this weekend, before, during and after the Dirty Thirty race. I'm definitely more excited about experiencing that event than I am Western States, but my competitive instincts are also very much in overdrive, which means both races are currently front and center in my running mind. I know that I recover quickly, so I'm still hopeful that I'll be able to put forth a respectable effort in the San Juans. But first some rest.
I'm thinking 80 miles, 50 miles, & 20 miles in the three remaining weeks to WS, with 2 or 3 more runs in the 20-25 mile range. Between WS and HR I am envisioning lots of sleep, very little running and a good amount of hiking.