inspiration is found not just in who finishes the fastest. frank probst and gary knipling both became the first 70 year olds ever to finish bull run run 50 miler this weekend (frank went for his 22nd finish which is ever single year since the inception). congrats to both and may you continue to inspire us.
tested the legs this past weekend by signing up for the crystal city 5k on a whim. this would be my first ever official 5k. pushed hard on tired legs from my long run two days prior but still came out where i wanted by knocking a minute off my previous non-race 5k pr set almost a year ago. strava is reporting that my new 5k pr time has been set at 18:33 (5:58 per mile pace & a negative split). 32nd overall out of 1299 finishers. i’ll take it. goal for the summer is to knock another half a minute (or more) off that time and run sub 18.
looking forward to the near future. 21 days until badwater salton sea & 33 days until mmt 100 miler. my last long run before a busy may comes in the form of the mmt chocolate bunny training run. 26 trail miles starting at 6pm on saturday the 19th (my 31st birthday is the 20th so no doubt i will still be out there to celebrate on the trails). double bonus for myself. this run also features the portion of mmt that most people will run in the dark. it’ll be my last opportunity to further familiarize myself with the course and hopefully learn a few of the landmarks / trail markers to look for while out there. two ultras (including the 73 miles of road at salton sea. ouch.) that close together will certainly be quite the challenge. this will no doubt rival my triple last year (twot 100 miler, pacing 40 miles at javelina & chimera 100 miler in a span of 5 weeks or so). to be honest i’m nervous. but this training block has gone over very very well and all i can do at this point is to trust in the training, start the long taper process, be smart during the events, & prepare myself mentally for the task ahead. the next three weeks will be very similar to my past tapers. start to lower the mileage but keep the effort level the same. happy trails.
training recap catch up for the past two weeks.
03.31.2014 – 04.06.2014:
70.70 miles running total. 6,385 feet of upness total. 11 hours 17 minutes.
18.50 trail miles. 1,594 feet of upness. 9:10 per mile. rock creek park, washington dc.
10.10 road miles. 479 feet of upness. 8:57 per mile. rock creek park, washington dc / national mall.
4.40 road miles. 194 feet of upness. 7:55 per mile. alexandria, va.
10.30 trail miles. 1,142 feet of upness. 8:58 per mile. rock creek park, washington dc.
26.30 trail miles. 2,894 feet of upness. 10:42 per mile. rock creek park, washington dc.
1.10 road miles. 82 feet of upness. 8:29 per mile. alexandria, va.
04.07.2014 – 04.13.2014:
50.90 miles running. 4,183 feet of upness. 20.00 miles cycling.
10.10 road miles. 620 feet of upness. 7:43 per mile. alexandria, va.
22.20 trail miles. 2,382 feet of upness. 9:48 per mile. rock creek park, washington dc.
6.00 road miles. 325 feet of upness. 9:44 per mile. alexandria, va.
crystal city 5k. road miles. new pr of 18:33. 5:58 per mile pace.
9.30 trail miles. 597 feet of upness. 12:31 per mile. rock creek park, washington dc.
first bike ride of the year. 20.00 miles. 449 feet of upness. 14.8 mph pace. vienna, va.