9,684 ft gain
This was a good week to follow up last weeks mileage and gain and I felt pretty good most of this week other than a bone bruise or something in my left foot that has been in the background for a couple of months now that flared up after a 4 mi time trial that I did on Tuesday this last week. My two runs on Friday and Saturday were very confidence building and made me feel ready for the race coming up. On Friday I ran 19.30 mi in 3:09:43 with 2,804 ft gain. Five miles of this was run up high at 5,200 ft and I ran into some snow sections that were 2-3 ft deep and required a walk/slog to get through.
Because of the condition of this road, I modified my route and instead of coming back through it again, I tacked on a different section and 1 more climb and ended up getting more mileage than I had planned (18 mi). All in all this run went very well and I put in nearly 700 calories in the 3 hours which is a great amount of food for a run of this distance (probably the most ever for a run for me). The next day, I met up with Davey Peterson and we ran a 14.29 mi route w/2,305 ft gain in 2:13:36. This was pretty quick for this route after 19+ the day before. A highlight was a near pr effort on the biggest climb right off the bat. By mile 11 I was feeling it and just made my way home as best I could.
Starting this week, I'm beginning a slow 3-week taper to let my body catch up and recover, but I will be putting in a 21 mile mountain run this Saturday to cap on my long runs before Pocatello. Really looking forward to getting out to race again!
|A view of the Elkhorn's last week. The snow is still stacked pretty high above 5,500 ft or so, but I'm dreaming of running above treeline this summer.|