In a nutshell: on the morning of July 13th (Saturday) I threw down a 14M trail run - and while I wasn't sure how it'll go (I struggled with 4 miles juts a couple days prior) - I was not only pleased, but fully back. Running one my of my loops, I got my "normal" time at it (not fast, but not slow, just what I do when I just go run), and that allowed me to determine I am ready to begin a next training cycle. Having gone last year through adrenal fatigue due to jumping into training too early had made me extremely cautious these days.
Later that night I went to volunteer at the 2nd in series of night races of Tejas Trails Capt'n Karl 30k/60k. Below are a few photos of the fun times (first by Cris Strong, next three by Melissa Fisher).
Next week I was full-IN for the training! "Killed" my ladies at Bootcamp, did a hill road loop, a hill repeats treadmill workout, an interval workout (800's), all the weights, and then tackled a 17M run with 10 Hill Of Life repeats on Saturday! Funny how the flat portion felt horrible, and the hills were awesome, I actually ran parts of them - with all the support of random other "repeaters" and consuming VFuel gel chased down with EnduraFuel. Legs and mood - A+++!
So, by Sunday I was pooped and dragged my legs through some technical hills of an 8M trail loop. That and I am in a desperate need of more yoga! My hamstrings are screaming! But next week is going to be as busy, and will have an drive-up-North short race to add. Ah, that recovery time was good...
I am excited to begin this next stage of the year getting me to Grindstone 100, and while I am at it, I signed up for Ozark 100 a month later after this one to support Larry and his (3rd year!) trip to have him run ahead of me and settle the score:) We shall see how that goes...
Did some freind's duties, seeing some friends this week, managed some family (Russian side of it) disasters as well as I could, smiled, laughed, made decisions, and, well, keep on living my life.
What I am guessing you are up to as well:)