Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Back into My 100-Mile Routine
I haven't posted regularly. Well, I've been busy, ok?
The race directing went very well last week, and my last 100-mile trail run was fantastic. I've been busier than normal at work. I just received my yearly evaluation and did very well. (I guess I'm still employed for another week, at least).
After my 100-miler, I took a week off from major physical activity to try to keep from getting sick (because of a reduced immune system after such a long event). I've been skirting on the edges of getting a cold for the past 10 days, but have somehow avoided actually getting it.
Last week I got back into my gym/weight routine, and started running again on Thursday night. Saturday's run was in zero degrees F, with a little breeze to bring the windchill down to minus 8 or so. Four of us ran at SM Park for 11 miles or so. Luckily, we didn't have any "useful or important parts" freeze and fall-off because of the cold weather. Sunday, six of us ran a 10.35 mile (hilly) loop at WyCo Park, in a relatively warm-ish 15 degrees F. The ground was harder and more screwed-up than normal, and all of us wimped-out decided to do just one loop, except for Kyle (who had a bad cold and was hacking like a TB victim). We took down some more course markings from the race last week.
Last night (and after dark), I did a decent 2-loop run at SM Park with the Trail Nerds. We did the first 4.6-mile rocky & hilly trail loop in 42 minutes; (we went slow because we had a newbie with us). We dropped the newbie off before the 2nd loop. We ended up doing the 2nd loop in 34 minutes. It felt good to run at break-neck speed on trails, again. I'm officially back into my 100-mile training regimen! I've got a 50-miler coming up in about a month.
There. You're totally caught up. Oh yeah, it's my birthday today.
Posted by Ben, aka BadBen at 2/22/2006