There was a time you could just show up out at the trails this time of the year and find people to run with. After a few social miles people would start to light out in their own packs. Somewhere on the way back there was a bit of saber rattling and you finished with a solid workout of a few hours. People you knew littered the trails and you might stop for a brief second to say hello or tell them to pack a lunch on race day (in a perfectly legal and binding sense). This is Ice Age season. Most everyone at some point comes out to give it a go, volunteer, crew, or party. Now don't get me wrong the Ice Age 50 is one of the most successful, well run, popular races you will ever attend. It is my favorite event of all-time. The reality is people don't run or last forever. How much longer do I have to race this thing?
If I was to summarize my training this year I would say adequate. I'd have liked to have averaged about 15 more miles a week, but I could not weave the magic. Honestly it was the live to fight another day training. Calculator says I have averaged 52.66 miles a week since January 1st. Basically what I always run. However, I have done some longer efforts (about 5 miles less per run than the past) and have kept up with some tempo efforts. What I can't pin down is when I will feel good. Is it age, meds or other stuff...probably, but I just have to roll with that. One thing for sure is a good taper is usually good for me. As long as I get over 5 hours in on next weekends run, watch the weight, and zip around a bit I might be fine.
One thing I have learned is you can't will a time to happen. You have to take it as it comes and if you have any wheels the last 10-15 miles than let her go. This is not a course you can unwind on as there are few flat stretches. You have to find a rhythm over the never ending shifting topography.
4/3 = OFF
4/4 = AM, 5.0 (9:27) roads
4/5 = PM, 6.0 w/ 3.5 @ 6:40 on T-mill
4/6 = AM, 5.0 (9:03) T-mill
4/7 = AM, 6.0 (9:55) roads
4/8 = AM, 25.4 (10:12) Ice Age trail w/ Christine and Steve
4/9 = OFF
Total = 47.4
4/10 = PM, 7.5 (10:28) roads
4/11 = PM, 8.5 (9:04) w/ 2.0 (6:51, 6:34) w/ Tim
4/12 = PM, 9.0 (10:32) Lapham trails w/ Steve and Jim
4/13 = OFF
4/14 = AM, 6.0 (10:34) QEK trail
4/15 = AM, 15.0 (9:33) Ice Age trail w/ Christine and Steve
4/16 = AM, 12.1 (10:34) QEK trail
Total = 58.1