|The Trail towards Hope Pass|
I recovered really well from the VT100. It was actually strange. I had almost no soreness and was able to show up bright and early Monday for work without the usual "crab walk" that usually happens. The week after VT I ran 29 miles, the next week 54 miles and this week was a hair under 60. The running streak is still alive too. As of today I have run 223 days in a row for a total of 2379 miles. I think that if I get to one year I'll take a day off and kill the streak. It is becoming a "thing" and I don't want it to turn into something that I "have" to do.
Last Sunday I ran the "Mansfield Loop" with an incredible group from Vt. It is a 26 mile loop that has everything from trails to fire roads to rocky trails on "the chin" at Mount Mansfield. Along with my coach, Jack Pilla, there was Aliza Lapierre, Nick Yardley, Todd Archambault, Serena Wilcox, Scott and Joyce Holsten and Bob Ayers, Jr. I was actually nervous to run with this group, even though they are all friends of mine. They are a speedy group and I haven't been feeling so speedy lately, just tired.
|Speedy group, taking a break.|
|Much steeper than it looks|
When we got to the top the entire group was hanging around chatting and there was no pressure to hurry up and continue. Jack gently refused to let me leave and after eating and taking a rest I decided to continue. As we started the more rocky trail and we switched to a faster hike/occasional run I felt better. The rest of the run was a blast and the views from the top of Mansfield were incredible. After making it back to the parking lot we took a quick dip and all met at the local store for sandwiches and ice creams. The total trip took 6.5 hours and was a blast.
|View from the top of Mt. Mansfield|
|Todd coming down one of the ladders|
Today for my long run Jack had instructed me to run 30 miles of "Big Hills". He wanted me to do some mountain hiking/running to help prepare me for the upcoming race. I couldn't find anybody who wanted to join me for a Pemi-loop of in the presi's so I decided to go to Pats Peak.
I've posted here before about running there. The Mountain Bike course is 5.15 miles and each loop has about 1000 ft of elevation. Not as tough as the White Mountains, but I figured it would do. The plan was to do 6 loops. I have never done more than 4 so I knew it would be a big undertaking. I started off well, running the entire first loop, but I quickly knew that it wasn't in me to do the full pull. I ended up doing 3.5 loops plus a power hike up the steep access road. It came to a little more than 20 miles and took me almost 4 hours. I called it a day and for the first time in a long time I actually listened to my body and didn't push it.
So its time to taper, rest my tired body and get ready to take on the altitude in Colorado. Part three of the Potentially Painful Summer, here I come!