Things are moving along as I look toward planning the 2014 season. Per usual, the lottery gods did not smile upon me but I’m sure I’ll figure out a way to have some fun next year. I have my roll over to Grindstone 100 in October since it was canceled due to the government shutdown and I think I’m going to head back to McNaughton Park in Pekin, IL in April to hit the Potawatomi 100. I’ll throw some races in there along the way before and between, but as of now those will be my anchor races.
Training is going well as I set my base and begin growing out my average monthly miles. While the weekly miles are not quite where I want them to be yet. The weekend miles are going great. I’m moving my average Saturday runs from about 21 miles to 25-28. In fact, yesterday these 3 dudes cracked off 32 miles in the cold temps.
I also have not drank a cup of real coffee in over 3 weeks! This is pretty big for me. I’m (was) a coffee drinker. The smell of it, taste of it, finding new beans, the ritual of making it in the morning… I love it!! But I was having some cramping issues that I could not track down so I decided to take a shot at getting off the stimulants and see where that would get me. It seems that the cramping has gone away and as a super added bonus, I sleep like a baby. I go to bed early. I don’t get up during the night to go to the bathroom. I wake up alert. It’s pretty great. There are also some potential athletic benefits to more sleep so overall it seems to be the right move to make. I do miss it and think that eventually I’ll have a cup every now and then just to enjoy it. Ultimately it feels great to not be so reliant on something every morning to wake up. Plus I am over the headaches and wanting to punch the walls from the withdrawals so I figure it’s best to stay off it a bit longer.
Things went a little south at Javelina 100. It got hot, I didn’t take great care of myself and ended up calling it at 100k. Overall a positive learning experience but of course fell well short of my desired outcome.
The good new was that because I dropped I was not as beat up as I would have been and was able to pace my buddy Tommy at the Ozark Trail 100 for about 20 miles the following weekend.
Happy to see him get the win! He told me he was going for it and even though he was feeling less than his best, he gutted it out and got it done. Below are a few shots taken along the way.
The goal was for this post to be my race report from Grindstone 100. However, the government shutdown caused the race to be canceled so I had to find an alternative. I’m heading back to Fountain Hills, AZ for the Javelina 100 once again. It’s a way different race in terms of terrain. A lot less climbing and a lot more runnable surfaces are on tap come Oct 26th. My last go out there ended at 80 with about 20 miles of puking. I hope to not repeat that part again.
Training has gone fairly well. I have a 6 month bulk of mileage that is as high as I’ve ever had so even with a little dip in mileage from my RD duties in Sept, I’m in a good spot. I’ve also tapered once already and now I’m doing it again. I don’t know if that is good or bad but my legs feel great so we’ll go with it being a good thing.
Monday – 7.2 miles
Tuesday – 7.6 miles shake out
Wednesday – speed work plus some easy running – 5 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – negative split. 8 miles
Saturday – cruising 11 miles at a steady 8 min/mile
Sunday – 20.4 miles and 4k on the Green Rock. My legs felt awesome
Total – 59.2 miles
post trail run. We all have races in the next 2 weeks.
Here are some pictures from the start of the weekend to the very end. I Wish I personally would have captured more but we had a photographer helping with that.
The weather was out of sight good. Our Aid Stations and volunteers were as spot on as they could have been. I’m really pleased and lucky to have such a good group of friends, family, and club members helping to make this all possible.