Only time for 2 more Green Mountain runs before the NF50. Got started at the usual time and it was warm then cold. Depended on where you were on the mountain. Sun exposure. Wind exposure. I stopped 2 or 3 times to drop or add a layer. Sort of annoying. Saw JV in the Gregory parking lot in his fat shoes. Then up by myself through the packed snow trail. MT100s were slippy today. Not ready for chains just yet. A visual on the conditions of the Steeps.
Contemplating my life at the summit all by myself today. Cold and windy up on the summit rock so I took my break on the front side.
Feeling rather odd at this point in the season. I was busting PRs out on this hill all year until mid-summer. Then it stopped. But my running has changed. I went away from specific training regimes that are more “marathon-ish” and I have just been focusing on getting out for a decent slow-steady effort every day. It feels more “ultra” to me. I am not sure if it will pay off but I feel like I enjoy it more that way so I am going with it. Freaks me out though a bit like I am losing some sort of speed. But then again, I don’t care. All my races for 2011 (so far) will take me dozens of hours to complete so speed isn’t really a goal anymore. But then you start feeling slow and then the walls come closing in.
Whatever. I know I have prepared for NF50 different than any race in the past…in that I haven’t really prepared in a rigorous manner. I stopped tracking daily, weekly and monthly mileage totals. I just run what I have time for and what my body (mostly my ankle) will allow. I have probably lost fitness but am more rested. I don’t feel like I have some new top gear. I just feel like I can grind out anything you put in front of me. I have no worries about the NF50. I just want to have a B+ or better kind of day running. Minimize the fluctuations in energy. Keep moving strong. Climb hard. Descend fast. One more show to close out an epic 2010. The path continues.
I went 9.02 miles with an elevation gain of 2,772 feet in 01:48:14, which is an average pace of 11:59. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.