Sunday, March 22, 2009

It Has Sprung!!

Spring is actually here. I have seen robins. They are spread out taking territories, no longer in flocks. I saw woodchucks out, that is a local sign of spring when they come from hibernation and move above ground. Coming home from class the other night, I saw a bear crossing the road ahead of me.
The days are nicer for running. Fifty degrees is nice weather to run in. I have gotten out the last couple of weekends both days. I have a 26 mile road run that has around 2,000 feet of climbing. Four and a half to five easy hours with a couple of stops in stores for water and snacks is good training.
My running season starts April 10th. I have a 150 miler in Pekin, Il. It's time to back off and rest for that effort. I had hoped to have more miles in by now, but a nasty cold and life in general has happened. I'll go with what I have got. It will be my longest run ever. I have run several 100's. I'm not taking this lightly. Illinois is not all flat, and there are a couple small stream crossings each lap. The course can be muddy if there is much rain in the week before. Last year, there was horrendous mud conditions and cold snow flurries in the air. I'm hoping that is out of the way and this year is going to be better.
I have a huge running year planned and want to get off to a good start.

1 comment:

  1. Gosh, Steve.... after all this time I don't think I've ever realized you're an ultra runner. Geez, April 10 is coming right up! If it helps any, I've gone into every single athletic event I've ever entered, undertrained due to illness or injury. I've concluded the rest time forced by the ailment actually helped me performance in the race.

    Closest I've come to 150 miles, though, is my 2 Ironman's... 140.6 each, and you get to swim part of it and bike most of it, so it doesn't begin to compare.

    Rest well. Above all, eat and hydrate!