Wow.. it's been way too long since my last post.. First things first, a little "catching up".... then I will jump into "what's next"...
"Catching up" - - After a July / August where mileage was my number one priority, I raced the Imogene Pass Run. Coming into the race, my quality runs were not so "quality", but my base was VERY solid. As such, I felt very strong throughout the race, but was unable to "breakthrough" with a fast race. I ended up in 2nd Place Overall - - 1st in my age group (35-39).. and ran the course in 2hrs 18min. This was fast enough for a new age group course recording breaking the previous record that stood for nearly 30 years..
After recovering from Imogene, I immediately stepped the miles back up, but migrated towards focusing a little less on mileage in exchange for some VERY long efforts (30+miles).
On back to back weekends I ran 33 and 36mile Canyon runs. Both runs, I had to battle 100 degree temps, but came out strong. On the 36miler, I ended up accumulating 10,000 feet of climbing and a TON of cramps over the past 4 miles.. This run definitely put me in the hole, but after focusing on "recovery" last week, I feel like I am "back".. and I was able to run a very solid San Francisco Peaks run last Saturday.
"What's Next" - Well, my training has been solid and I am feeling VERY confident about where I am at. This whole summer and fall my focus is set on the North Face 50 Mile Championships on December 1st in San Francisco. Before I get there, I have my sights set on a few other races...
(1) Oct 13th - NATRA Soulstice Race
(2) Oct 19th - R2R2R FKT attempt
(3) Nov 10th - Bootlegger 50k ... then...
(4) Dec 1st - NF 50 Mile Champs
It's gonna be a busy fall, but I am really looking forward to racing again.. just got to stay healthy.. and stay focused.