March: Let it Be
March was a struggle. My goal was to run a 50K and continue to build mileage in preparation for the American River 50 Mile in April. Unfortunately, I had to take some time off after a training run gone bad, and as a result ran less days, miles, and vertical than I had planned. But I learned one very important lesson — I am a trail runner, not a road runner.
1 race, 10 running days, 105 miles, 22:53 hours, and 12,347 ft. of climbing.
Despite all the creek crossings, and bonking hard at the half way point, I had a great time at the Way too Cool 50K. Feeling strong, I decided to do a 25 mile training run the following weekend on the American River 50 Mile course. But after 20 miles of pounding on the pavement, my legs demanded that I stop. After taking a week off to recover, I had to make a choice: continue training on road or not run AR50.
In other words, would running the AR50 help me with my goal of the Leadville 100M in August? In the space of 7 breaths I decided — AR50 was out, and from now on was only going to run on trails. With AR50 out of the way, my next race is the Miwok 100K in May, which means I have all of April to run on the trails from the Golden Gate Bridge to Stinson Beach and Bolinas, and be very grateful that I am not running on pavement. I am a trail runner.
139 days until the Leadville Trail 100M.