In the past 8 weeks I have averaged just under 50 miles a week (49.8 to be exact) and that load is starting to effect my body. This is the longest streak of my running career at this volume. My legs are just feeling dead and my turnover is suffering. So a good two day break is called for with some minimal mileage later in the week. I may throw some mile repeats down on Wednesday in preparation for this weekends Lakeside 25k just to get used to some quicker turnover on this flat beautiful course. But other than those two blazing days, I'm going to take it super easy and probably only log 20 extra miles on top of that for a weekly total around 35 miles. This will probably help my aching ankle as well (a problem that is becoming quite persistent and one that I would like to see go away).
|Looking towards Grandfather from the summit|
|View towards 3 Top, Jefferson, and Phoenix Mtns|
After the hike to soak in the views, I drove back down to Rich Mountain Rd to log some actual running on the plowed gravel surface. This road has access to some amazing views as well. Its pretty darn tough too. The first 1.7 miles consist of a 800 ft climb to the beautiful Rich Mtn Gap and then gently descends towards US 421. I only ran about 3 miles of this 5 mile road and then turned around, but those 6 miles got me close to 1200 ft of gain. That's pretty stout and I averaged 8:57/mile on super tired legs. A pretty good last workout before a mini break.