After joining Matt for half of his run Friday night at Afton, I was wondering about the hip that I seem to keep landing on. Saturday, I was in no shape to run, so I power-walked in the afternoon until a thunderstorm cut me short; I walk differntly than I run, so I developed a blister right where I always do when I have to walk in races. Note to self: prepare your feet before Voyageur.
Sunday had me wanting to get in some sort of training while I still could and not interfere with running Voyageur on Saturday. I went out yo Hyland and ran with Paul Hasse, who I've missed maybe 20 times in the past year. We saw Kurt and his crew out there and then some of the local legends appeared and I got to walk with them for a while (they'd run hard the day before, but they were out the next day). One of the best things about ultrarunning is that one gets to meet people who've done what you want to do and you can ask them questions. A lot of what Paul had to say fits in with what others tell me, but I couldn't work the details into the framework of what I already believe. He commented on how many races I've been doing (and he didn't know about some of them - not many know I raced the day before Afton, for example) and said what I know all too well - I have to pick and choose now that I'm too old to recover fast. The trouble is that I'm a newbie still at this and need the experience; I want to run well this year, not when I'm 50.
Note to self: focus on the big race in September.
When I posted my plan for training for Superior, I received a number of e-mails from people all making the same suggestions. It's not enough for me to do something because everyone else does it or because it's worked for someone; I need to understand why I should do it. I could see that there was a flaw in my logic, but I couldn't see how to correct it without abandoning everything I know. I think I get it now.
Notes to self: Drop the Wednesday run to 30 minutes and add the dropped 70 minutes to the weekend, making for longer back-to-back long runs. Think in terms of miles, rather than minutes again; 11 miles in 100 minutes on the road is not equal to 100 minutes on the trail, but to 11 miles on the trail - this is going to mean many more hours of training. Since the Wednesday run is now a recovery run, switch the speedwork to Tuesday.
Note to self: Be sure to make comment about how "Ziegenfuss" translates as "goat-foot."
Aid Station: Eugene Curnow
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