After the thrashing I took in the Canyon during the Rim to Rim to Rim, I figured it was time for a Recovery Week. The Sunday after my run, I had to go to Miami for work all week, so the timing was perfect.
I ended up running pretty easy all week. Keeping each run right around 1hr. The highlight was running 7miles on the beach the evening Hurricane Sandy blew through. I should have probably stuck to the treadmill, but I had never run during this type of weather, so I decided to take my chances. If nothing else, I had the beach to myself outside of the 5 surfers contemplating riding the giant waves.
After a week of running on Miami beach, I was SUPER STOKED to be back in Flagstaff. On Sunday afternoon, I decided to head out for a long run. My plan was to leave my house, run 7miles of trails over to Mt Elden Lookout Trail.. Summit Elden.. then Head down the road to home.
On my way over to Elden Lookout Trail, I was feeling pretty good, so I decided to run the extra half-mile to the trail head and see how close I could get to Eric Bohn's Elden Lookout Trail FKT.
As I got to the trailhead, I stopped for a quick stretch then headed up the steep, rocky trail. I could really feel the "rest" in my legs. I was able to push very consistently up the entire climb. Before I knew it, I hit the summit as my watch read 35min 35sec. Just good enough for a new FKT.
The way down I kept it pretty chill and was home in blink.
All together, I was very happy with both the rest week and how solid I felt on the Sunday run. Now it's time to press the training hard for the next 3 weeks (incl Bootlegger 50k) before starting my taper for North Face 50mile Champs in San Fran.