Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rest is a Wonderful Thing

Rest is a good thing. After this past weekend's beating under the sun capping off with a run in the sun/humidity Sunday night, I felt totally wiped out and still was tired come Tuesday morning. Most runners hate to take off more than one day in a row but after taking Tuesday completely off as well, this morning's run was absolutely perfect. Not an ache, pain, or any feeling of discomfort. Once again, my belief in recovery when your body orders it up is re-confirmed. For those of you Piggy and Pitt runners this weekend, my best wishes to you all and hopefully, this final week of tapering finds you taking it easy, resting, drinking lots of water, and getting ready to pack in the carbs starting tomorrow. It looks like a great weather-weekend for a marathon. Have tons of fun!

For anyone wishing to join me on my last big back-to-back weekend leading up to the Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Endurance Run 38 short days from now, here are my plans:

- I'll depart from the Pine Lane Trailhead at 4am and do the Summer Buckeye Trail 50K course in reverse.
- Boston Store ~ 4:50am
- Snowville Rd. ~ 5:45 - 6:05am (first light of the day)
- Snowville #2 heading back (south) ~ 8 - 8:15am
- Boston Store ~ 9 - 9:30am
- Finish @ Pine Lane 10am - 10:30am

- Depart Pine Lane at 4:30am and do an out-n-back on the Valley Bridle Trail towards Virginia Kendall for 10-11 miles.
- Arrive and Depart Pine Lane at 6:30am and head towards Boston Store on the Buckeye Trail. After leaving Boston, travel to Brandywine Falls but instead of coming back to Boston Store, get off trail on the asphalt road and follow road down hill (reverse of BR100 route) and enter the Valley Bridle Trail towards the Jaite area. Pass Jaite and get on the Buckeye Trail towards the Boston Store then return to Pine Lane. This 6:30am route will be 18 +/- miles.

Overall pace will be around 5.5 miles/hour.

I've really appreciated the many fellow runners who have shown up during my Kettle 100 training trail runs. I rarely have found myself alone out there and I sure do appreciate it. This is another beautiful time of year as the trails are coming alive in green all around, the deer are shedding their winter coats (as evidenced by piles of it on the trails!), and the newly-bloomed foliage is providing a blanket of coverage from the beating sun. We sure do have a lot to be thankful for out there!

Happy Trails, everyone!

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