I have returned home to snowy Idaho after running two 50K's in six days. The Caumsett 50K in New York was flat and fast and I managed to run 3:31. Recovery was pretty quick and I bounced back for a 4:04 at Way Too Cool this past Saturday. Both races had very fast fields and the incentive to try to run hard helped me stay focused. In addition, these races also reminded me that the short stuff is tough!
This "double" was part of a new plan of mine to put some heavy volume on to my training in March so that I can jump in to a "sharpening" phase early in April giving me a longer lead-up time to longer harder workouts in May and the first two weeks of June. Of course, with this in mind, I have forced myself to take the last three days off after Cool (today was my third) before heading out tomorrow to resume my buildup to the Coyote Two Moon 100.
Needless to say, the whole Cool experience was a blast! To me, it's like Opening Day and Homecoming Weekend all rolled in to one and, as fun as the running part is, the connecting with friends part is the best. I won't get in to too much detail on this public site but fun was had by all at the Georgetown Hotel following the race as the likes of Thornley, Browning, Jurek, Taylor, E. Skaggs, Willson, Wolfe, Torrence, Koerner, Varner and the super-fast Oregon guys who smoked the race all joined hands for Karaoke and general merriment. In addition, the abuse I took during the weekend was absolutely epic. Ahh, the joys of ultrarunning.
Tomorrow, it's back to training and then on the Southern California for spring break.
Happy Spring everybody!
PS -- I changed my "settings" so comment away!