Elevation Gain: 4,300'
Cross-Training: 4mi Hike
Goal: Slight taper, cut back as needed for body to feel rested and injury free.
Not too much to say about this week, the first of my taper. I ran slightly less than I'd hoped due to taking it very easy Thursday and Friday and taking Sunday off completely aside from an easy 4mi hike. I still got 55mi in leading to the final taper week before Vermont 50. Saturday's long run was a good chance to practice my hydration and nutrition strategy, and Wednesday's tempo run went well, giving me confidence for the Mohawk-Hudson Marathon that I'm running two weeks after Vermont.
Monday: 7.5mi easy, two times around the Valley Loop in KV.
Tuesday: 6.5mi easy at the Van Hoevenberg mountain bike center.
Wednesday: AM 3mi easy on Gulf Brook trail in Keene.
PM 12mi on 9N, including 8mi tempo at 6:23 pace.
Thursday: 3mi easy on Gulf Brook and Big Crow trails in Keene.
Friday: 3mi easy at Marcy Field.
Saturday: 20mi easy at Hardy Rd and Flume mountain bike trails.
Sunday: Off. 4mi hike on Jay Mt.
Looking Ahead: Six more days of running until Vermont 50, which happens on Sunday the 29th. I'll shoot for about 30 miles during those six days, with one tempo run and the rest easy. I'll probably take one more off day as well, either Thursday or Friday. I'm feeling confident for Vermont and hope to set a big PR there (my previous best was 7:57 in 2007).