18 June 2012


Week 3 of my latest 100 Mile Race training plan got under way this morning with what was supposed to be an easy and slow trail run from Five Points up Pratt Ave to Bankhead Parkway before getting on Tollgate Trail and Cold Spring Trail to the Ranger Station (now burned down) across the Convenience Store on top of Monte Sano Mountain and returning the same way we came. This is our usual Monday and Friday morning 10 miler providing challenging trails and enough ascending and descending to be quite challenging without the need to go fast.

Well, someone forgot to tell James...and Ed, for that matter. We somehow managed to run up the mountain at or near record pace and while we all agreed that we would not push it on the way down, that´s exactly what we ended up doing. In fact, we all set new PRs. Using the same standard of measure I used the previous attempts, my Garmin Forerunner 310XT showed a total time of 1:27:34 and an average pace of 9:12 minutes per mile for 9.52 miles and 1300 feet of elevation gain. Not too bad for a training run. I just hope I can continue this momentum throughout my training. It is going to be tough to have a shot at sub 24 hours at either Georgia Jewel 100 or Pinhoti 100 with my abilities, so my training is crucial to my success. I guess that´s true for everyone:-)

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