Thursday, July 8, 2010
Thursday 39 mile run
8546 feet of climbing. Felt good, or as good as one feels running for over 6 hours on single track trail with a bum knee. The knee felt pretty solid actually. The switch from a long uphill to a downhill really seemed to hurt though. I didn't run yesterday in order to make sure I didn't push my knee until I saw how it would hold up and I think it's OK. Painful for sure, but solid and not weak. It also didn't really get any worse from the run, which I'll take as good sign. Tim Long joined me for the last ~10 miles which was a HUGE help. We ran this on Walker Ranch and the last lap was in a solid 1:13 more due to him keeping me honest. If Leadville happens, and my motivation compass is pointing towards it (this ain't 10k training!), Tim will be my pacer and I think he's perfect for the job. We get along well and he's definitely capable of hanging with me. Good stuff today. No double long run but we are camping this weekend in Buena Vista and I hope to have a chance to run some of the Leadville course. Being a tiny bit unexhausted is probably good. Maybe this time I won't get my ass kicked by a merry-go-round.