I ran 66 miles last week and will be over 70 this week, with my first 20 miler since August, when I dropped out of Lean Horse and nearly dropped out existence (at least in the blogosphere). I've been getting in some speed work which has been disgustingly slow, but snow and cold aren't conducive to fast running. I've crunched some numbers - of course - and I'm in about 5:15-5:30 Superior 50K shape right now, far from the 4:35-4:40 I hope to run there. Plenty of time to get in shape again.
If you go look up my finish time last year, remember it came after the Ron Daws 25K, Zumbro 100 Mile, Trail Mix 50K, Chippewa 50K, Runnin' in the Ruff 10K and Ice Age 50 Mile in the six weeks before it. 265 miles of trail races in seven weeks: Run Race Repeat indeed! Can't afford to do that again.
My foot and ankle injuries stopped waking me up in the middle of the night and I find I can run without pain if I stay on my toes, so hills and speedwork are coming before endurance this year. Today's day 3 of a headache, the longest I've ever had. Otherwise, same old, same old.
The US will win a ton of medals in events that have "freestyle," "synchronized," "rhythmic," "dance," or "halfpipe" in their names. Except freestyle swimming - that's a real sport.
I analysed the results of the RR 100. Crowther's time was okay (9 minute miles for 15 hours and I call it just okay!), but isn't in the league of Gary Robbins' CR at HURT. Liza Howard's time, on the other hand, compares to a 9:02 at Bandera, which would've beaten all the women AND all the men, and to 23 hours at HURT. I don't know much about her, but if she can run hills, she's an early favorite for this year's Western States.
Keeping it pervy
Just discovered Scottish runner Lucy Colquhoun and added her to the "Girls allowed to beat me in ultras." I don't read her blog, I just like the pictures...