2011 Chunky Cheeks 50K. While the weather was perfect, cool, but not cold, sunny (of course, it's Colorado) and perfectly calm. The only problem was the ton of snow on most all of the trail and 7,000 feet of climbing. Nick, Bowman, Burch, Vega and I ran the whole 31 mile awesome course together. From the start I was flat and still a little sore, at 12 I was feeling it and you can guess the rest of the story.
|Perfect day and snow on the way up Green|
Crazier that running this arduous run 7 days after TNF 50, was that somehow I wasn't that sore or tired afterwards, as apparent in my running summary below.
Saturday: 31 Miles, 5:43, 148Av Hr (pretty high), 7,000ft climbing, awesome time with great guys!
Sunday: 5.14 Miles, 128Av Hr pushing Felix in the Bob Stroller
Monday: 12.02 Miles easy on wonderland, 550ft climbing
Tuesday AM: 11.05 Miles, 6.5 Mile Tempo, 144 Av Hr, 500ft. Felt good on this tempo running around wonderland with some snow here and there and some up and down. 6:36, 6:24, 6:02, 6:03, 5:55, 5:42 (last half mile). Very happy with this workout after Saturday's beat down and 11 days after TNF 50.
|I love winter trails around Boulder|
Wednesday: 12.08 Miles Easy on wonderland, 1:41, 550ft climbing.
Thursday AM: 11 Miles Speed Workout, 400ft, 1:27, 138Av Hr. Had a good first speed session mostly before sunrise with some slick spots of snow on the bike path with Aaron Kennard. Did warm up, general mobility, strides then 8 X 600 meter repeats with 600 jog between, then cooled down. Pace for the 600s: 5:25, 5:16, 5:17, 5:09, 5:22, 5:18, 5:16, 5:25. Happy with this one as I gave a medium hard effort.
Thursday PM: 4.28 Miles, :33
Friday: 12.08 Miles easy on Wonderland, 1:42, 550Ft climbing.
|Don't run on the sidewalk at night.... rest of the story is available in person.|
Sunday: 23.21 Miles Long Run around Chatauqua, 3:50, 4,000Ft, 145Av Hr. I could see half the time on this run, but only if I strained and thus made a pretty scary face (based on people's reaction, then Maggie's confirmation). Ran up Flastaff, to Greenman, to Green, down Bear Canyon, South on Mesa Trail, back to Bear, all the way to Gregory, down and then over to Eben G. Fine for 4 more miles up the snowy west section of the Boulder Creek Trail and home. Good last big climb long run before Bandera. Snow, Slush, Mud and slow was everywhere.
|My favorite section of trail in Chatauqua (Bear Canyon)|
Very, very happy I could recover after TNF 50, then Nick's event, a busted head and pull out a 100+ mile week with two solid speed sessions and a good long (time wise) run. Less climbing next week and the same speed sessions but in Bracebridge Ontario with the Canadian family.
6,850 Ft Climbing
|It has been chilly in Boulder this December|
I am feeling great and thus decided Bandera would be well worth racing. Great news is that A) my massage therapist, friend and running partner, Marcus Allen, will be joining we on the trip B) I have two great friends down in that area of Texas that will be joining in for the weekend of racing and fun, Mike Devloo and Mark Shwitau C) There will be great competition at this well run (Joe is an awesome RD) event, to include THE Dave Mackey, Nick Clark, Tim Olson, Dillon Bowman, Dave James and for sure others that I don't know about.
I am ready and more than excited to be racing Bandera!