Yesterday I biked 3:30 with a 20 mile tempo effort at the end, which on the heels of a hard weekend left me pretty tanked yesterday. Then my internet went out and I was left with 14 schedules needing to be sent to some of my athletes so I sat and waited for it come back on... 1:40am it finally came back and I was up until 3:00 working. My legs came around after a mile or so of warm-up but never felt strong on any of the climbs. Pretty weak in fact. This was definitely a best effort for me on the day and I can't see running nearly this hard for this weekend's 1/2 marathon. I've accepted the fact that I train much better than I race... which is fine because I hate racing (there's obviously some sort of psychological vicious circle in there)
I ran Walker a few weeks ago in high 53 but never took a split on my watch, it was just math in my head looking at the total time and since I suck at math it could have been +- a few minutes. The 'official' FKT on Walker is Dave Mackey in 54:54 running counter clockwise. Peter Vail ran 52:15 but ran 8 miles with over 2000ft of gain which means he ran a MUCH harder Walker than I did! Today I ran clockwise (or up the stairs) which to me is the sweetest part of Walker... they hurt insanely bad when you go easy and today I hit them at mile ~5.5 with a sub 53 in sight... so they hurt worse than usual. Not sure how the directions compare but I think clockwise is much easier than counter.