July 7-13 Training

Travel, taper, and terrain sum up this training week. My mileage dropped by about 50 percent due to two long travel days. Hopefully that extra rest will help me be extra ready to tackle the toughest 32 miles I’ve ever traversed this Saturday. While running declined, elevation spiked. My near-lifetime of flatland-dwelling was painfully obvious in mountainous Appalachia.

Grandfather Mountain near Linville, N.C.

Grandfather Mountain near Linville, N.C.

July 7-13

Monday –  5 easy (road)

Tuesday – 8.5 easy (road/Metroparks path)

Wednesday —  Traveled to Western NC

Thursday —  The Bear 5-Mile Hill Climb

Friday – 1 hour easy hike in Asheville, NC

Saturday — 10 easy (track)

Sunday — Rest day; traveled to Pittsburgh

Totals:  28.5 miles running, ~2 miles hiking

Good stuff: Surviving The Bear! Memorable miles and time spent in Western North Carolina, one of my favorite places. A stop in the ‘Burgh on the way from Boone to Cleveland reunited me with childhood friend Andrew along with his wife and sister-in-law, both inspiring medal-winning athletes, at the U.S. Transplant Games.

Stuff to keep an eye on: Even welcome changes for the better can cause disarray. With a long-distance move and new job looming, managing stress will be crucial. 

Goals for the week: Give my very best and have fun running in the Buckeye Trail 50K, and then celebrate a new accomplishment.

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