The Hay Is In The Barn.
Monday: Off. Monday Group Ride Week 2 - 25 mile loop around my neighborhood and an afternoon swim at Purity Lake.
Tuesday: 5 miles. Whitaker Woods Week 5. Ran quick for the first mile but felt Cranmore in my legs after that. Was grinding so hard that I missed a turn on a course I've run for the past several summers so at least the effort was there.
Wednesday: 10 miles. Over at Sebago Lake for the day, did 11 laps in the heat. Tested out the Clifton 5s.
Thursday: 4 miles. In the midday heat, getting my body adjusted to the potential of a hot hot VT100. Headed over to Black Mountain and weed whacked most of the FNV5 course.
Friday: 2.5 miles. Ran FNV5 and also flagged the course (2.5 miles).
Saturday: 8.5 miles. Escorted Hilary on part of her 20 mile run. Squall joined.
Sunday: 22 miles. Loon Mountain Race followed by some bonus miles at home.
Total: 50 miles // 8.8k' + 3.5k' (hiking / biking).
Last week of solid training before going into Vermont. I learned many lessons trying to prep for 100 miles and feel like there were a lot of things I did well but many things to improve upon. Overall I got greedy and jumped into some races that I probably should have let go. I also tested the limits of the "Ski Season to Run Season" transition and learned how that needs to be dialed back to prevent injury. Overall, I'm fit and have no doubt that I can handle the race but chances are I won't be as competitive as I know I can be. The other week when I ran for nearly 6 hours, that was what I needed more of - conditioning the body for the long haul. I have a feeling that around mile 60 my body will want to quit, something that I could have pushed back to say 75-80 miles with more time for 6-8hr runs. We'll see - I did get workouts, race efforts, and six runs in that were 20mi+. On the downside, I'm fending off posterior tibial tendonitis which has made me back off the last few weeks when I should have been laying down the hammer. It's not a show-stopper by any means, just something I need to address after the race. Since this will be my first 100 miler, chances are I'll be shutting things down for a few weeks but part of me is hopeful that I can hop in a the Ragged 50K on August 11th.
The next two weeks won't be much different. I'll try to get 50 miles in this week, and 25 miles leading into the race along with some riding, swimming, and hiking.