It’s hard to believe The North Face 50 is right around the corner. I have a lot thoughts about the race and the crazy, unplanned way it all came about. I have post in the works about that. I’ll probably save that one for next week. I am busy on all fronts this week and it’s all good. I ma just rolling along, having fun running, having even more fun outside of running, and looking forward to what 50 miles of racing will take out of me both physically and mentally.
This past weekend I raced the Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon. I wanted to use this race as a tune up and being 2 weeks out from TNF50 I think it was the right call… but it was tough for sure. I felt really good heading into the race with a pretty challenging week of running in my legs. I knew it was going to be a tough day due the course but also when I saw my friend John Clark checking in and also a group or fast road runner guys.
John is a trail ninja, but the trails weren’t technical at all, just pretty steep, so the roadies would be tough to be beat. so of course, in typical fashion, I attacked straight away trying to crack the pack (not exactly smart, but I’ve never claimed to be!). The race started with a steep ~2 mile climb and I lead it out. Mission accomplished! Only one of the “team” was able to stay with me along with John. We ran the first 4 miles pretty damn hard and then I sat in and let them lead. They kept surging on each other and I didn’t want any part of it. I continued to run steady. I was hoping they would crack each other. That didn’t really end up being the case.
The roadie continued to pull away and then I was in third solo for the rest of the race. I think there was a very small chance I could have gotten to John. I was feeling strong on the final climbs and making up time, but I would have to go balls out for the final 2 mile super steep sketchy descent to try to reel him in. John is maybe the downhill runner I have ever raced with so I played it safe. I remember Lucho telling me that in the “prep races” to just run steady tempo unless I was in position to win… and then ALWAYS go for the win! The North Face 50 is the goal and I was already pretty stoked with how I was feeling. I really didn’t feel like I settled in until the 8 mile mark, which I’ll take as a good sign, and at the finish I was still feeling really good.
With that run in the bank and with as good as I’m feeling I am not going to race the Xterra 15k this Thursday. I mean racing is always fun but my family is coming to town so I am want to spend as much time with them over their short trip. It’s not like I NEED another race at this point.
I am still rolling with the volume and seem to feel better with each passing week. As stoked as I am for TNF50 I am more excited about the way I feel and just seeing where all of this takes me. I already have some good stuff in the work sponsorship and race wise for 2013.
Happy Thanksgiving from Paradise!