week of april 7th thru april 13th, 2014 (mm 66)

Monday

rest day — feelin’ a little tired.

Tuesday

6 miles, 1:15. +800′ vert. Perch #35. early morning outing with Stubbs. body felt blehhh until the last 1/2 mile. not for any particular reason. my toughest outings are always the early ones (generally with stubbs and jay-bo) but it’s good to get through it and not stop (“can’t stop won’t stop”). That in itself is good training for Leadville. It just feels crummy sometimes though.

Wednesday

sick.  feeling crappy/tired/stuffy since yesterday’s run.

Thursday and Friday

felt lousy again on thursday, felt decent on friday but thought better of pushing it.

Saturday

6 miles, 1:04, +800′ vert. Perch #36. After three long days of no exercise it felt great to finally get back on the trail. the Hokas felt pretty good and I pushed the pace a little. tried to stay as patient as I could the last 4 days, opting for rest rather than pushing myself and getting sick again. It pushes my last two long runs (prior to Quad Rock) off to next weekend and the following, but hopefully that won’t matter come race day.

Sunday

a little tired today but mostly had to catch-up on school/internship work before two big weeks–so when it started blizzarding outside I decided that was a sign to stay in and work.  i figured the week was a bit of a wash anyway so I’ll rest it up today and hope for a solid week.  Tough to only go 12 miles when this week and next are supposed to be my big lead-up weeks to Quad Rock.  

Weekly Totals

12 foot miles, 2:20, 1200′ vert. 

Trying to stay patient — my goal is Leadville not a PR at Quad Rock.  Tough to not be out there though.

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week of march 31st thru april 6th, 2014 (mm 64)

Monday

25 miles, 5:51,+5800′ vert. This was the QR 25 mile loop (for the 50 we do the 25 loop twice) so it was good to see how I was stacking up. This was a PR (I think) by about five minutes, so that’s good. Kept the heart rate low until the end. First 23 miles felt pretty good. Last 2 my legs all of a sudden felt like concrete. Energy was good all day though. Good to get in a doozy this early in the week. First sighting of 2014 of the fabled Abert’s squirrel. He was a quick little guy–escaped before I could get a picture of him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abert’s_squirrel

Tuesday

6 miles, 1:08, +800′ vert. Perch #32. a nice jaunt after yesterday’s throw down. knees held up, legs a little stiff but not bad.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

off–travel to Alamosa and AppleTurkey

Saturday

6 miles, 1:10. great morning run with Jeff. Fun joggin’ and chattin’ with a good friend in an awe-inspiring place–nothing beats sunrise in the SLV. Jeff is a wealth of ultrarunning knowledge and always inspires me to keep going. His Leadville experience and wisdom will sure help later this summer!

Sunday

10 miles, 1:54. +1450′ vert. Perch #s 33 and 34. nice to stretch the body after 5 hours in the car. Despite the rest of Colorado getting lots of rain/snow in the last 24 hours, the trails near FoCo were quite dry. Did a Perch repeat and kept the pace/HR smooth. two big weeks to go before taper-time.

Weekly Totals

47 foot miles, 10 hours, ~9000′ vertical gain (192’/mile)

Great long run on Monday, a little short on mileage and slope but not bad.