This is the first week of my three week taper for the Aug. 1 AC100 race. Coming off three consecutive 100 mile weeks with back to back 30+/20 milers on the weekends, I was ready to taper. During the last work week I took more rest than usual and still felt pretty tired through Thursday. Today's run therefore was designed to push fitness without being too exhausting: Mt Wilson via the Sam Merrill trail and Eaton Saddle, for 24 miles round trip. My pal Alex and I completed the run with a 3:58 run time running relaxed.
The weather was fantastic: Thunderstorms rolled through and we got thoroughly soaked several times as we ran through storm cells. Heat training it wasn't but it sure was fun.