Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Monday marked the beginning of my "full-time" student teaching and with it a reduced energy level that made getting out the door everyday this week a struggle with the exception of Saturday - more on that later. I suppose it's fair to say that I have a fear that when I begin teaching this fall, I'll struggle getting out for runs and lose the fitness I've worked so hard to achieve over the past couple years. However, I think about the many people I know and look up to that have full-time jobs and still train and run at a very high-level and tell myself that if they can do it, I CAN do it! At the end of the week, I still managed to log 61 miles in roughly 9 hours of running! Here's how it unfolded:
Monday: 6.5, 230' 1hr
With Rudy recovering from Mt. Cheaha, Mike Jones recovering from Mt. Mitchell, and most of the other folks missing, the Monday evening Ultra VT group run was fairly tame compared to previous weeks. It was really an "old guy" run as Mike and Darren split off after 3 miles or so leaving Robbie, Jordan, and I to bring up the average age of the group run and have "old man" talk. For some reason, I wasn't feeling a burrito and opted to pass on my usual post Ultra VT group run Moe's Monday. I know, I know; I'm a disgrace to Moe's Foursquare Mayors all over.
Friday marked the end of February and my highest mileage month of running - ever. I logged 238 miles, or a little over 2.5 times what I did in 2013. However, what's even more impressive as I look at the numbers between 2013 and 2014 is that in January alone, after taking the first 8 days of the month off, I logged more time running than I did January and February combined in 2013. I feel strong and seeing the benefits of putting in 6, 7, or 8 hours of running on the weekend is totally worth the pain in the moment.
|Creek that parallels Ellett Rd going down into the valley.|
|Structurally sound? I think not.|
About 100 feet in you come to this awesome waterfall, I took some video with my phone and uploaded it to Instagram during the run!
Sunday: 16.4, 600' 2.25hr
Sunday marked the 29th running of the Blacksburg Classic, which I ran last year but opted to not run this year. Instead, Michelle and I went and watched and cheered on several of our friends who were running.
In order to be able to watch the race Sunday afternoon, I had to get up and out the door early again on Sunday for another longish run. I was shooting for 15.1 miles to make it an even 60 for the week but when I got out to the new and recently paved section of the Huckleberry Trail I decided I would just go a little further. I ended my run at Chipotle, a decision I immediately regretted because I had to lug it back up the hill...that I walked instead of ran. I got home a few minutes after 12 and we were out the door by 12:45 headed down to the start of the race.
|The start of the 29th Annual Blacksburg Classic!|
100 miles isn't that far. ~Karl Meltzer