Taking it easy this week is paying off. I was able to crank out today's run feeling great both physically and mentally. Not a long run by any means, but felt good about my pace on this very hilly route. The problem had been the area just above the front of both knees feeling sore. I suspected this had to do with those muscles or tendons taking on a heavier load due to overworked (or should I say trashed?) quads from the Vermont 100 last month. I felt that dissipating during the week, and it was non-existent today. Run felt relatively effortless for that pace. Good.
Ran 5.6 miles @ 7:13/mile pace.
AHR/MHR - 160/175
Paved and dirt roads.
Mid-upper 60s, overcast, muggy.
Tomorrow I'm running the Pemi Loop in the White Mountains with some friends. It's more of a speed hike really, as most parts aren't very runnable. The route we're taking is the usual one I do, 33.3 miles long and goes over 10 mountains over 4000'. Temps are supposed to reach the mid 40s on the summits with 20-35 mph winds with stronger gusts. With that weather and heavier jacket I'll bring as a result, I'm not expecting to go too fast, but who cares? It's always a fun time and ends up being quite a memorable adventure.