Friday, December 30, 2011

Three Weeks Ending December 25

Mon - 5.5 miles (800') easy. Quick Milner Mtn loop before flight to NYC. Cold.

Tues - 8 miles easy. North from downtown up west side promenade to 20th street and back. Muggy and warm with a bit of rain.

Weds - 0 miles. Chose sleep over a dreary east side bike path run.

Thurs - AM: 7.5 miles (1,800'). Towers in 35:30 w/Pete, Celeste and Slush. Worked the second half a bit. Beautiful morning.
Noon: 6 miles (1,500') easy. Marked the opening stretch of the Chub course. Some pretty nasty ice up high.
PM: 7 miles easy. Social neighborhood run with the Fort Collins Running Club.

Fri - AM: 6.5 (1,400') easy. Marked Horsetooth - Spring Creek - Stout - Herrington section of the Chub with Celeste and Slush. Stunning daybreak with dense clouds over Fort Collins and purple skies behind Horsetooth all against a white ground cover backdrop.
PM: 6.5 (1,200') easy. Marked Sawmill - Loggers - Mill creek intersections. From Soderberg went: Towers - Loggers to Mill Creek - back to Sawmill - Valley - Soderberg.

Sat - AM: 31.5 miles (7,500'). Chubster.

Sun - AM: 7 miles (1,700'). Chub tear down. Southridge - Audra - Rock - Soderberg - Spring Creek - Falls.

Total: 85.5 miles (15,900')

Mon - 6.5 (1,700') easy. South summit of Horsetooth with Sam.

Tues - 9.5 miles intervals. Joined the (early) early session in City Park after some last minute schedule juggling. Workout was 3 x fartlek mile and one 2 mile fartlek. There was a heavy cold fog in town, which made things pretty miserable getting going. In combination with residual fatigue from Saturday's Chubster I decided to go easy: 6:05, 6:05, 5:50, 11:46.
PM - 4.5 miles easy. Social run with FCTR group.

Weds - 6 miles (1,500') easy to top of Horsetooth.

Thurs - Noon: 5 miles (1,000') easy. Falls long.
PM: 4.5 miles (1,300'). VBM

Fri - 12 miles (1,200'). Milner Mtn loop with Redstone to 3 mile o&b tack on. Home long. Ended up going hard to get the miles in before having to take off for the airport.

Sat - 0 miles. Flying to UK.

Sun - 0 miles. As above, followed by my mum's 70th birthday party.

Total: 48 miles (6,700')

Mon - 0 miles. Driving to Lakes.

Tues - 0 miles. Chilling at Wynn's prior to 2:00am Bob Graham start.

Weds - 40 miles (19,500'). Bob Graham Round.

Thurs - 0 miles. Driving back from Lakes.

Fri - 0 miles. Badly swollen right foot.

Sat - 0 miles. See above.

Sun - 0 miles. See above.

Total: 40 miles (19,500')

Bit of catch up here, with the new year almost upon us. So not a whole lot of running really in the three weeks since December 5, but that's okay, it is December after all. Fitness is for the summer.

My legs feel like the Bob Graham is almost out of them, but my toes are still worryingly numb on the right foot. They get a little better each day, but I'm beginning to feel like I may have lost some feeling down there permanently. I'll give it another few weeks before I make a call on that. I don't suppose there is a whole lot I can do about it anyway, so no use worrying, especially as I can still run just fine - although trail feel is a bit of an issue at the moment.

Bandera should be a good race next weekend. Not to sandbag or anything, but I'm picking Tim O, Dylan B and Jason S for the three podium spots. I know each of those guys are in good form right now and undoubtedly fitter than I am. Mackey is the course record holder and he always seems to be ready, but I have no idea what he's been up to recently (other than studying and working hard), so will assume that he's not as fit as the other three. Todd Braje has the talent to win it too, but again no clue on form. Yassine and Joe U are another two guys that will probably beat me, and then there's Justin Ricks who runs a 2:21 marathon in the field too. Not a bad line-up for a race the weekend after the new year.

After Bandera, I think I'm going to continue with some down time and then start the slow build-up for Western States some time in early February. A couple of races in getting ready will likely include Salida (26), Lake Sonoma (50) and Jemez (50), with no doubt some shorter stuff thrown into the mix as well. But for now, just enjoying being lazy.


  1. Eventful few weeks indeed! Heal up friend.

  2. Good updates, per usual, this past month: Lake District and Beer Miles, both of which I have fond memories. See you in a week in Bandera; if nothing more, it'll be a nice get-together with good folks!

  3. My experience is you shouldn't worry about your toes, as you will slowly get the feeling back in them, and one day you'll suddenly realise they're back to normal. Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean they won't be more sensitive in similar conditions after they have fully recovered.