Weekly Summary: May 17-2305/23/2010
Mon-AM: 13 miles (2:00) Green Mt. up and down Back, 2800′
Unexpectedly quick 35:55 trip up Gregory-Ranger. 1mi barefoot
Tue-AM: 13 miles (2:00) Green Mt. up and down Back, 2800′
Got this in early before hopping a plane to CT. 1mi barefoot.
Wed-AM: 9 miles (1:03) Roads in Connecticut
After doing the NB group run, tacked on some easy miles with Greg T. All the humidity, oxygen and foliage made me nostalgic for Nebraska.
Thu-AM: 9 miles (1:07) Roads in Connecticut
Easy shakeout before flying back home.
PM: 15 miles (2:07) Green Mt. up Front down Back, 2800′
31:29 PR with splits of 6:05 and 17:55. Stomach was off, which slowed me down a bit. First time I’ve run this route in a while, so it was good to get back on it. Yesterday’s easy day really helped out the knee, too. 3mi barefoot.
Fri-AM: 14 miles (2:03) Green Mt. up and down Back, 2800′
Pretty sluggish after the late run last night. 2mi barefoot.
PM: 14 miles (2:01) Green Mt. up and down Back, 2800′
Ran at 2pm to start getting some heat training in, ~80F. Didn’t eat enough between runs and I was really bonking the last 20min or so.
Sat-AM: 15 miles (2:12) Green Mt. up Back down Bear Cyn, 3000′
Legs tired as expected after yesterday. Already over 80F in the AM.
PM: 8 miles (1:06) Goose Creek+2mi barefoot at Kitt
Ran at 2pm to get some almost 90F heat.
Sun-AM: 15 miles (2:06) Green Mt. up Front down Bear Cyn, 3000′
Went up the mountain in a surprisingly casual 34:50. Legs still tired.
PM: 8 miles (1:03) Public Library+5mi barefoot at Kitt
-Hours: 18h 48min
2010 Summits (Day 143)
It felt really good this week to get back into some respectable schedule of mountain running again. At some point this week I was descending Green Mt and the distinct feeling that I was in the right place, doing the right thing, living the right way hit me hard and I realized that it’s been a long time–almost four weeks–since I’ve been back in the rhythm of daily running.
Speaking of rhythm, last week someone asked me in the comments section whether or not I have a coach, especially in light of the fact there he couldn’t make out any discernible “rhythm” in my day-to-day and week-to-week running. The two weeks preceding this one certainly had no such rhythm. It was all about listening to my body (my knee, specifically) and doing what I thought it could reasonably handle. Which, come to think about it, is really all that limits my running most of the time. I can definitely feel a rhythm in my day-to-day running when the training is going really well.
During the build-up for Miwok my running generally fell into a pattern of: Monday & Tuesday, go easy and recover from the weekend; Wednesday and Thursday, hit a little bit more vertical and push the climbs if my body was feeling like it; Friday, easy day; Saturday and Sunday, big volume days with tons of vertical and an especially long run on Saturday. Repeat. Of course, this was all in the context of running up Green Mt every day–even easy days–but my fitness has progressed to the point where I can maintain volume and vertical while twiddling with the intensity knob on any given day to produce variability in the day-to-day output.
However, the most important thing is that there is no set “pattern” in my running, by design. That is intentional. I would rather let each new day’s conditions and unique levels of fatigue dictate what I do than begin each and every week with a set-in-stone idea of what I want to accomplish. Keep it simple. Cultivate the activities that make you tick. Don’t overthink the details or the highs and lows, because tomorrow the mountain will always still be there, just waiting to be run up again.
Unlike my running, I think this has a rhythm that can be appreciated: