My weekly running update posts lasted all of 2 weeks. So, in a feeble attempt to catch up, I'll share the following:
I ran my first 20+ miler since the Trailbreaker Marathon in March. It was 2 weeks ago and entirely on the Glacial Trail course. I felt good nutrition-wise, but my legs need to get stronger, so once again I've picked up the habit of hill repeats at least weekly. Last weekend I ran a 'fast' 15 miles on the Trail at 8:15 pace, and didn't feel like it was all too tough. That really got me optimistic for the upcoming events.
I signed up for the North Face Trail Marathon in September, and then Glacial Trail in early October. I will also be running as a 4-person relay in the Fall 50...with Ellie and my in-laws. The only way they'd sign up is if I guaranteed to cover 30 miles. Done. That event is in late October, so this leaves November for either 1) a sub-3 marathon attempt--not likely or 2) a "thru-run" of the Ice Age Trail in the Northern Kettles (31 miles). I'm not sure yet, but the fact I haven't run a single 'repeat' of any distance yet doesn't bode well for a fast marathon.
This week I'm hoping to run 22 miles of the course, then next week is a recovery week and a wedding trip to Kentucky. The following week, Labor Day, I'm hoping to do a 20 miler and a 24 miler on the long weekend. Then I'll pull back for a week before racing the North Face Marathon, which will hopefully go well and give me a lot of confidence before I taper down for the Glacial Trail 50k on October 10. Sheesh, that mildly resembles a training schedule!
Schedule? Did someone say schedule? Tell that to Eddy, who was up at 11:30 pm, 12:45 am, 3:00 am, 4:30 am, and 7:00 am last night.