So it has been over a year since my last post. Of course, last year I did the same thing: training a lot, signing up for a bunch of races, getting hurt and DNSing every race. So this October when I broke my collar bone riding, it gave me plenty of time to think about what I was doing wrong, for me, to be able to run and race without destroying myself. No coach, just my version of me and running.
Thankfully, I was able to run about 10 days after the broken clavicle. So broken and grateful, I took things easy and slow. I ran 3 days a week for a 3 week block. Then 4 days a week for a 3 week block and everything was happy. After that came the ramp up in volume. I got myself up to 60 miles per week just in time to taper for the Way Too Cool 50km. which was yesterday. I dont think I nailed the tapper, but at least I wasnt tired going into the event.
I ran a really good first 16 miles in a quick 1 hour 44 min. Then I just stalled. Breathing easily and with good energy, I just could not turn my legs over on the 2nd half of the course. Clocked a 4:17:07. Fairly certain I can go much faster but I had a good time. Not too beat up today and I wasnt sick to my stomach after the race. Not only that, but my bro David Leeke had a stellar day too! The carpool and post race beers were wonderful. Pumped
Really excited to have happy feet too, Altra Olympus 2.0s are what I chose yesterday. Tons of mud, rain and creek crossings. No prob for my Altras
Up Next is Miwok 100km…….time to train the vertical