Week 7 of training for my 50 mile attempt at the 24 Hours of Boulder is behind me. So far it feels good except for a minor right heel pain—bruise? Nothing a little Vitamin I can’t fix. I substituted a bike commute to work (26 miles) for one of my short runs last week to let my heel heal.
This past weekend I ran 21 on at Greenland Open Space in 3:53 and then did 7 at Castlewood Canyon State Park the following day. I experimented with a new approach: on flats I ran a 9-10 min/mile; up hills I ran a 13-15 and down hills I ran a 7-8. It seemed to work well for an overall 11 min/mile including my hourly breaks. I only walked up the short steeper segments of the hills. All my road running around home has hills which I run up slowly so my 'hill legs' are in condition. There won’t be any hills on the Boulder Backroads Marathon. Yeah.
I’m registered for the Boulder Backroads Marathon which I will be running with Ultra’thoner and just dropped my registration in the mail for the 24 Hours of Boulder. For a moment I toyed with the idea of running the concurrent Boulder 100 but realized that is stretching too far as my longest race to date is just a 50k; maybe next year?