Mon - Noon: 9 miles (1,900') easy. Falls - Spring Creek - Stout - Loggers - Carey Springs - Towers - Herrington - Spring Creek - Soderberg - home long. Quads were tingly sore, but really not bad at all. I kind of like that post-race soreness anyway.
PM: 5 miles (1,000'). Falls easy.
Tues - Noon: 9 miles (1,900') easy. Falls - Spring Creek - Stout - Loggers - Carey Springs - Towers - Herrington - Spring Creek - Soderberg - home long. A little lethargic, but generally felt decent. Really no soreness to speak of.
PM: 9.5 miles track. TNT workout: 800, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 800, 600, 400 w/200 jog between 4, 6, 800s; 400 jog before and after 1,000. 3 mile w-u, 2 mile c-d. Didn't get after these at all, but still got some turnover. Digits: 2:51, 80, 2:04, 2:50, 3:38, 2:53, 2:09, 72.
Weds - Noon: 11.5 miles (2,600') easy/worked the downs. Falls - Spring Creek - Stout - Loggers - Carey Springs - Towers - Secret Trail - Westridge - Rock - Audra - Southridge - home long. Tired legs, but worked the Audra/Southridge descent.
Thurs - AM: 14.5 miles (3,700') hard downs. Double Towers with Pete and Slush. 5:30 start for this one. Plan was to go easy on the climbs, hard on the descents. First climb was 39 minutes or so, second about the same. Pete was on a mission on the first descent, dropping a 5:09 middle mile. I was in no shape to be keeping up with that kind of lunacy, but ran at a steady clip. Second down was a little calmer, but still a good hard-to-steady effort. Legs seem to be holding up well post-Jemez.
PM: 6 miles easy at Pineridge with FCTR. Opted out of racing the downhill mile (6:15). Nice BBQ with family and friends in the park after.
Fri - Noon: 11.5 miles (2,600') easy/worked the downs. Falls - Spring Creek - Stout - Loggers - Carey Springs - Towers - Secret Trail - Westridge - Rock - Audra - Southridge - home long. Some heat at least. Worked up a mighty sweat with the jacket, hat and gloves. Pushed the Audra/Southridge drop.
PM: 5 miles (1,000') easy. Falls long. First rattler of the season coming down Soderberg, just below the bench. No girly screams, but certainly an extra few beats to the heart rate.
Sat - AM: 24.5 miles (3,600'). 3:35. Bluesky to Devil's Backbone from home w/ Indian Summer both ways. With Jason O. Felt flat pretty much the whole run.
Sun - AM: 5.5 miles (1,800'). 3:00. Pete and I tried to scout the Sullivan Gulch route up Crosier Mountain. Trail tapered out at the top of the gulch (1 mile & 920'), and then we got completely lost for a couple of hours in the fog. Visibility was terrible, which made route finding with no trail very challenging. Once we re-found the gulch, we decided to put our tails between our legs and head back down to the car. Instead of the planned easy 18 miles with two summits, we got 5.5 miles and cold, wet feet. Was feeling tired heading up the gulch as we were getting going anyway, so no biggie on the lost mileage. Still got 3 hours on my feet (got to count for something).
Total: 110 miles (20,000')
Week petered out a bit on Sunday, but that's alright. Felt better the first half of the week than I did the second half. Probably some delayed fatigue from Jemez after getting back into things too quickly early in the week. Either that or it was the extra push on the downhilling Wed, Thurs, Fri. Will probably look to go fairly easy this week then hopefully push out a steady effort at the Dirty Thirty 50k in Black Hawk on Saturday.
Camping in Minturn Saturday night with the family after the race, then will check out the Teva Mountain Games in Vail on Sunday. Hopefully get to see some of the 10k action in the morning. I might find some time for a run, but we'll be up there for the kids events, so if no run, I'll just call it the beginning of the taper. To be honest, I think I'm mentally there already, so I'm not going to sweat missed runs from here on in. The work is plenty done.
Take a look here for Scott's account of pacing Jemez last weekend. Possibly the longest 14-mile run report you'll ever read, but plenty of good comedy in there.