|One mean looking bird|
Finally found myself getting back into the groove of solid mileage after Oil Creek 100. I know I jumped back into my high mileage lifestyle too quickly, as after taking 1 week fairly easily, I logged over 100 miles in the week starting only 7 days after OC100. After that it was crash and burn for the rest of October, and besides a PR 2:23ish on the 18 mile Potawatomi aka Poto (on my birthday none-the-less), I had a pretty hit and miss month of running.
Searching for motivation, November has found me running more roads with my mind focusing on turn over and legspeed. I have been mixing it up with other workouts on the treadmill, with a mind to keeping the incline turned up and the speed moderate. This seems to be a better workout for me than really cranking between 8.5-9.5mph, which almost always leads to an injury of some sort.
This weekend I did not record a huge number of miles, but I found myself happy to just be running.
|The Poto is relentless in its rolling nature - an excellent trail system|
I followed up Saturdays AM effort with a light 5 mile shakeout run in the PM. The next morning my Dad told me about a cyclocross route he had envisioned and invited me along to run it. Looking at a topo map, I was excited by the amount of hills and looked forward to running some completely foreign roads. Despite losing my map about 5 miles into the run and having to back track for an extra 2 miles, I had a great time and saw one of the biggest red tail hawks I have ever seen. It was great to do a long road run - in fact this is the longest road run I have done in almost a year - and I was even more pleased to hold a 7:30 pace without too much stress for the entire jaunt.
|Suh-weet Sunday run followed up by a Detroit Lions victory!!!|