I felt I needed to get in a real long run to assess what condition my condition was in (and great, now that song'll be stuck in my head). Unfortunately, the temperature dropped 30 degrees after I decided to do it and I railed at the weather gods for 60 degree weekdays and 25 degree weekends.
I managed 20 miles in just under 3 hours and did not enjoy it. It was a slap in the face which has me rethinking my plans for the year yet again. Beating Helen at the Superior 50K might not be possible, even if she has a great (or terrible) day at Miwok just before it. I'm going to struggle to break 5 hours - which, given it took me 7 last year, is quite respectable - but Helen could've run 4:40 last year in the bad weather and she's undoubtedly in better shape this year (or at least more experienced on trails). She recently wrote about starting to do hill workouts and intervals, so she's getting serious just as I'm starting to question myself.
I'd hoped to get in better shape as the year progressed and take a shot at a very fast time at the Superior 50 Mile in the fall, but I'm not getting there. There's something about my advanced decrepitude that just makes it harder to run fast...
I'm thinking about doing the Superior Sawtooth 100 Mile instead. I need to get that monkey off my back. And I've thought about how I'd do it, with 4 basic workouts per week:
Tuesday: 18-19 miles in 2:40, with 10x3 minutes fast (about 5K pace)
Thursday: 13-14 miles of hills at the Brickyard
Saturday: 7-8 miles at marathon pace, plus 10-12 easy miles
Sunday: 23-27 miles, preferably on trails.
That gives me enough miles, back-to-back long runs and adequate hills.
Now I just have to actually do it.
Going up the country
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