Mon - 69min/ 7m/ 1600' - SOMO - Decided to explore some trails out at South Mountains and was very pleased. The route was River, Little River, Upper CCC, Sawtooth, Chestnut Knob, River.
Tues - off - stuck at a staff meeting
Wed - off - lazy
Thurs - 74min/ 8.7m/ 600' - Davidson - Great run with the DART group around the neighborhoods of Davidson. Got there a bit early and did 3 miles on the college trails before joining the group. The last half of the run I was feeling pretty good so Chad and I pushed the pace a little.
Fri - off - life
Sat - 3hr24min/ 20m/ 3500' - Uwharrie - Hannah and I meet up with a few other loonies that wanted to run the entire length of the Uwharrie Trail. I was wanting to use this run as a gauge of what to expect to run on the out portion of the 40 mile in 3 weeks. I planned to see how fast I could just run the 20 and base my race paces off that. Unfortunately I didn't get the gauge I was wanting. I expected that I could at least run this in 3:15, but I pushed and pushed and only came in at 3:24. This is only 1 minute faster than when I ran the out portion in the 40 2 years ago. I felt like that was perfect back then, but today I was wiped out. Hopefully that is due to a hard 50k last weekend and a tempo run on Thursday. If not, sub 7 hrs is looking really tough in a few weeks time. It was unseasonably warm today and very humid so that could have had an effect as well. Regardless it was a great training run.
Sun - 82min/ 9m/ 900' - Lake Norman - Headed out to run a new trail in the park, the Wildlife Loop. To access the loop by trail requires a 2.8 mile run on the Laurel Loop. I was feeling pretty sluggish the entire run due to yesterday's outing but somehow managed to keep a descent pace. Instead of taking the 2.8 mile Laurel loop back, I hit Wildlife Rd instead to make the return trip shorter by about 1.5 mile. The trail is pretty nice, but runs through a pine forest and reminds you of running closer to the coast.
Time - 7hrs9min
Miles - 44.7
Vert - 6600'
Took quite a few days off this week but I was planning on this week to be a bit of a rest week and I think it all worked out. Big miles coming next, then time for a taper.