As some of you may know, my next scheduled race in March 8, 2014. I am going to be running my first ultra marathon, the Green Jewel 50k down in the Cleveland Metroparks. The race starts at the Marina near Lakewood/Rocky River and ends in Brecksville.
I'm super excited about this race, and I am not in ultra marathon training mode. I gotta admit, it's pretty tough with the super low temperatures and snow, something that we usually don't have this much of so early in the winter. Nevertheless, I'm going to stay consistent and persistent and make this a strong winter.
Last Saturday, December 7th I was keeping track of The North Face 50 miler in San Francisco minute by minute. Just hugely inspired and motivated by Rob Krar who I think had one of the best ultra marathon seasons ever. He's amazing!
Dec 8: 11 miles. This was an interesting run today, it was almost ice skating rather than running. Roads were very slippery so I decided I'd run from my house down into the Cleveland Metroparks, get on some trails down there and then come back up and make my way back home. Pretty cold as well, probably about 15 degrees or so. Good run though, actually went at a decent pace considering how much I was slipping.
Shoes: Brooks Pure Grit.
Dec. 10: 7 miles. This run didn't exactly go as planned. Wanted to go about 10 or so down on the multi-purpose trail of the metroparks. Ended up going a little short. Was a great time though, my brother Tim rode his bike next to me and took pictures of me which was cool and will be useful. Follow him on Instagram @ohio_runs. Another cold run, and I felt bad for Tim riding his bike, but got it done. This is one of the pictures he took, just awesome.
Dec 12: 8.5 miles. Ran from my house down to Second Sole where my brother works to try on some New Balance shoes as their sales rep was at the shop. Ran in the 890v4. I loved them, plan on getting them after Christmas. Ran with Bill, the owner of Second Sole (great guy) and one other guy whose name I can't remember. Great run, ran from the shop down into the Metroparks. I love talking running with everyone at the shop, something I wouldn't mind doing the rest of my life.
Dec 13: 5 miles. Nice run with Chris down on the Bridle trail of the Metroparks. It snowed a ton the night before so the trail was basically full of snow making it a pretty tough run, but we got it done and had a good time doing it. I really like running with other people once in a while. I definitely and a loner when it comes to running, and I like that, but it's nice once in a while to run with other people.
Weekly total: 31 miles.
A good week, and just about where I want to be right now with mileage. I really haven't put in a ton of weekly miles in a couple of months because of all my racing. This was my second week back consistently running, and I want to keep this up.
Till next time.