Elevation Gain: 8200'
Cross-Training: 3mi (walking), 2 core workouts
Goal: Make the most of my final peak week before Wakely Dam with another long run on the course and as many miles as I can handle.
This wasn't a bad week, and I'm extremely happy to have been able to run 67 miles despite struggling with minor injuries every day. It seems 83 miles was a bit too much the week before (duh)!
I started the week with an easy paced 15-miler on trails with Chris Fey, and finished with an easy 23mi on the Wakely course with Adam Crofoot. Both friends are also running Wakely Dam. Getting two long runs in again this week should prove beneficial for me during the race.
Unfortunately I made some mistakes that led to injuries and kept me from doing hard workouts mid-week. After running on Monday I got right in the car without cooling down or stretching (it was raining) and ended up with a sore muscle below my hip. It didn't keep me from training but it was annoying and kept me from running hard for the next couple days. Then on Wednesday I tried to run at a steady pace on the very muddy trail out from Marcy Dam and pulled/strained something behind me knee. I didn't feel it at the time, but by later in the day I was worried I might not be able to run for a few days. I did end up running every day, but could only run uphill without discomfort and had some short workouts as a result.
Fortunately I felt OK for Sunday's long run, as we kept the pace easy and the course was mostly dry and non-technical. I did take one very hard fall on a wet rock, bruising and scraping my shin and hip, but it seems that won't be a problem.
Looking Ahead: Two weeks until Wakely Dam--taper time. I had planned to cut back slightly on mileage for the next week and only reduce significantly in the final week. At this point it's more important that everything heals ASAP, so I'll go by feel and only do as much running as I think I can do without jeopardizing my healing.