Back in the Great White North
Holy crap, what happened!? I left nearly a week and a half ago, to bask in the sandy warmth of Myrtle Beach, only to return to a winter apocalypse. I think I’ve worked off all that holiday weight I had accumulated simply by shoveling out my driveway over the past few days.
Anyway, now that I’m back I’ve been trying to effectively taper for this Sunday’s Around the Bay 30km. Obviously, despite Brent’s best efforts before I left, our long run on the hilly section of the ATB course didn’t kill me. I managed to avoid the tiger trap, landmines, offset leghold trap, Pigmy warriors hidden in the bushes with poison blow darts, and all he had left to depend on was repeatedly charging up hills in the hopes that my heart would explode. If it wasn’t for all that coffee I chugged before our run, he would have succeeded too.
The week after that was spent accumulating mileage, in the vain hope that I could miraculously establish some baseline fitness. A couple of sweet barefoot beach runs, a night time recovery run, and a 20km long run later and I was heading home to crank out another 20km. I’m not too worried about finishing the Around the Bay, however I’d REALLY appreciate not embarrassing myself.
In other vacation related news I picked up a pair of NB MT101 which has pretty much sealed my fate for doing some trail and Ultra races this summer/fall…it also helped that I found out that the Chicago marathon sold out and I don’t have to consider doing it anymore. Regardless, I’m hoping to have some fun tromping through the woods this summer. I’ll get more into this in the near future.
In closing here are some crappy cellphone pics of my barefoot run on the beach: