A great week. I was able to get out and run many miles on varying terrain this week. I will recount ‘the week that was’ for you all in a minute, but first I must congratulate a couple of my friends. Ryan Burch is now settled into Gunnison with a full time ‘suit-wearing’ job and everything. It is so great to have he and his wife Megan around; I can’t even tell you how great it is. Ryan took the victory at the Antelope Island Buffalo Run 50 miler outside of Salt Lake City this past Saturday. (http://www.buffalorun.org/). He ran splendidly and is setting himself up for a very nice season indeed. He will no doubt have a post up on his blog (http://www.ryanwburch.blogspot.com/) in no time. Congrats Ryan; nice job. I am getting a little nervous as I must race this guy in 3 weeks down in Fruita. Another friend of mine, Benn Dunn, who I have had the pleasure of running with several times in the past couple of months won the Moab 12 hour race this past Saturday. (http://geminiadventures.com/24hoursofutah.html). Congrats to him for his 65 mile run in about 10.5 hours…. that is pretty darn fast. He is setting himself up nicely for a great result at the Massanutten 100 in May. I am also going to have to contend with Benn at the Spring Desert Ultra 50 miler in a couple of weeks. Good luck to him. Also; buddy and running freak Tim Parr is still rolling forward with some solid marathon training in preparation for the Boston Marathon in a couple of weeks. He is training well and I was fortunate enough to run with him twice this last week; both times we ran up Signal Peak. Parr keeps the atmosphere positive at all times: we even made up a song about Signal Peak during one of our descents on Wednesday. (Don’t ever ask me to sing this for you; but feel free to ask Timmy).
As for the training week; like I already wrote; things went well. Here is (day-by-day) the breakdown of the week in running).
PM: Ran Signal Peak and add-on again. 2 hours. 14 miles. I like repetition. Ran this with Parr. I was feeling great on the climbs. Parr and I made up a song about Signal Peak. Oh man… the good times. SU/PU.
AM: Hard 21 miler on roads. 2.5 hours. 21 miles. Solid run. I felt effortless at times on this run. It was nice to ‘open up the stride’ again. Flashes of brilliance as my fitness is coming around. Feeling good. Ran with music for the first time in a very long time. I ran out Gold Basin Road; so most of the run was on pavement, and some was on dirt. SU/PU.
PM: 1 hour skate ski in Magic Meadows in Crested Butte with one of the athletes I work with.
AM: 60 minute easy run out on Contour Trail. Felt effortless and like I was ‘floating’. Good run. Then a full strength session at Main Street Gym; core is feeling strong. The rest of the body is feeling weak (in the weight room)(strong during running).
Saturday, March 27, 2010:
AM: Ran the full Spring Desert Ultra 25 mile lap race course. This took way longer than I thought; 4 hours. I ran the whole time; no stopping, no walking; but I guess it was slow. Good long run; I did not feel bad; but I did not feel great. I think I crammed too many things in from Wednesday through Saturday. Moving forward.
Sunday, March 28, 2010:
PM: Just a 40 minute jog around the trails. Felt good to do just a recovery jog. Body is absorbing the training.