Along the way I have once again confirmed a few tenants about running. Although these are probably widely known they always seem to naturally reveal themselves during training.
1) Recovery is hugely important. Not just in macro-cycles (a few weeks off once or twice a year), but also micro-cycles (a day or two off weekly and a down week every three weeks. After running at a fairly high volume for the past ten years, I can definitely tell when my body is getting worn down. Although many running books prescribe recovery periods, I think the more you run the more you can play it by feel.
2) Heat sucks! Seriously, it sucks both ability and motivation right out of me. This is a prime reason I've started to race later in the winter and early in spring.
3) Tendonitis is a fact of life for runners. Almost every little ache and pain is some sort of tendonitis that is best managed with ice and ibuprofen.
Anyway, I've recently completed big week with 56 miles and over 7,500' of elevation gain. It's been a great week of running trails in North Georgia and Tacoma WA. Yesterday's run accounted for almost half of that at 21.5 miles and 3,600', most of which was up and over Rocky Top on the beautiful Benton McKaye Trail. Add in the Sunday just prior and the eight day total is 74 miles and 11,000'. Needless to say it's time for a little rest and ice (see above). Which makes me extremely happy to be waking up to eggs, bacon, coffee, and no run on the schedule this morning.
|COLD Ice Bath After Sunday's Run|
I'll probably run very little this week to recover and get ready for Saturday's race, the Assualt on Pine Mountain. A week ago Sunday I ran a double on the course. It is a short 8 mile trail race with plenty of single track and a couple of steep mountains thrown in. The footing is not too technical. The course suits me well but it is a little short so I'll have to try to go out fast. Normally I conserve and hold back but I might have to stay with the leaders from the start on this one in order to have a chance for the win. We'll see!
|A Couple of Fun Climbs in the Assualt on Pine Mountain Race this Saturday!|