The last couple months have been a bit of a blur. Work, directing Quad Rock, and trying to keep up with training for Bighorn has really consumed every possible free minute of my time over the last couple months.
So let’s see where I left off……
I’m sponsored by Vi Endurance. My good friends Mike Poland, Michael Hodges, and Alan Smith started this company and I think they’ve made an excellent product that I’m happy to use and recommend. I’d really like to see their new business succeed so I really hope that I can run well and do a good job representing them.
I haven’t had any time to write up any full trip or race reports but here’s the quick recap:
5/5 Towers PR in 31:31
5/7 Round Up – 32.25 miles on Round Mountain running a series of ascending repeats to each mile marker and back. I knocked 20 minutes off of my time for this run last year and successfully ran negative splits on every mile segment up and down.
4/19 New mile PR in 4:55 down the VBM section of Towers in the morning and later that evening I ran a new Horsetooth Rock PR in 25:42 – almost 2 minutes off my time from last year.
4/22 Horsetooth Half Marathon PR in 1:24:56 the day after the Crosier Triple.
4/28 Placed 2nd in the Fast and the Furriest 5k with Ashley.
5/3 Almost sidelined with an injury. I woke up with sharp pains in my left hip and upper quads and could barely put weight on my left leg. I tried to hike/jog to loosen it up at the evening Towers run but could barely manage a walk.
5/4 Emergency trip to Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists. I’ll post more about this later to give them a proper thank you.
5/6 PR at the Colorado Marathon in 2:51:27.
Quad Rock consumed a lot more than I really had planned for. Running 50 miles is definitely easier than directing a 50 mile race. But on the other hand, the final result of pulling off a successful race was just as rewarding as running an ultra. I’m already looking forward to next year’s race.
In hind sight, I’m not sure it was a great idea to add in the Horsetooth Half and Colorado Marathon road races. I’m glad I was able to squeeze these into my schedule to knock out a couple new PR’s. But I definitely paid more for those PR’s than I had originally intended and the two races really put a dent in my Bighorn training plans. Despite the fact that I finished the marathon with a very good time, it still wasn’t a great run. I had no idea how to pace myself and started out way too fast and ended up dying at the end. Someday I might find the time to fully focus on road training to seriously race a marathon but I won’t attempt this again during prime trail running season. And since we can run year round on trails here in Colorado, I’m not sure if that will ever happen.
Looking forward to Bighorn, I’m not sure what I can expect to run on race day. I’ve just managed to get in 2 decent training weeks after recovering from the Colorado Marathon and Quad Rock. I feel like I could really use one more good training cycle to really sharpen up to race 100 miles. But even if I haven’t timed my training to hit my optimal peak condition, I know that I’m faster and stronger than I was last year. Hopefully that will be enough to compete for a top finish this year.
Up next…. Blue Sky Marathon registration opens on June 1st. Time to get back to work!