I did my usual Sunday hike up/run down 20 miler on the Mt. Wilson Toll Road this morning. I took it easy and completed the 20 mile circuit in 4:15, capping off an 81 mile week, week # 1 of a three week taper before the Aug. 1 AC100. This coming week I will again focus on increased rest and only run 10 milers for 2-3 days. I plan to hit Mt. Baden Powell for a 15 miler at altitude next weekend for a 50-60 mile week; and then take a compete rest for race week.
I feel great with the exception of my screwed up right foot. The increased rest this week has me feeling peppy at last and I am much stronger than I was in 2013 --if a bit slower. In 2013 I was doing the Mt Wilson circuit routinely in 4 hours, this year I am consistently about 10-15 minutes slower, mainly on the uphill leg. I think my power-walking hasn't fully recovered since the hip socket fracture. On the other hand, increased core strength work (pull-ups, push ups, sit-ups) has me without any abdominal soreness which was a recurring theme in 2013. The right foot - second and third toe pain- capsulitis or Morton's neuroma or whatever it is--seems to be manageable with the Hokas and a metatarsal pad helps as well. We will see how it feels in two weeks. I am a bit nervous about it and thunderstruck that such a problem could come on so suddenly after trying the Brooks Pure Grit, and that it could be so persistent. If 2013 was the year of calf and achilles issues, 2014 the year of major fracture, then 2015 looks like the year of feet fun.
Unlike yesterday, when I got caught unprepared in the thunderstorms, today I brought a pack with some warm gear and a rain shell as weather predictions indicated morning T-storms. No storms- and the run down was hot, muggy and tropical.
I spent the afternoon putting together a kiddie pool for the little ones which we all enjoyed in the unbelievably muggy heat. Just as were getting out and drying off, the skies turned purple and the winds picked up for some nice afternoon showers. My young son and I baked cookies to celebrate the stormy weather.