Another good week with speedwork, long run, and everything in-between. Went back to FATS on an overcast day with a focus on nutrition. Figs, peanut butter filled pretzels, and Perpetuem sustained my energy level on a happy tummy after 36 miles. The last 6 miles I ran at a comfortable 8:30 min/mile pace on a roller coaster of a trail, and still had plenty in the tank. Unfortunately, I got a late start and darkness (didn’t bring light gear) ended my quality time with nature. Didn’t think I would be saying this, but I actually enjoyed my speedwork with 8X800 repeats at 3:00 min per clip. My 10 mile tempo run felt smooth under a star covered sky also. Amazing how you can struggle for 2-3 weeks and then it all comes together and you feel like your ready for anything.
Time to start throttling back and get my mind wrapped around RR. I hear it has been hotter then usual in TX, which would not be a surprise based on my past races. I have a habit of bringing the heat with me. Thanks everyone who posted a comment on my last entry. It’s comforting to be assured and reinforced by my Ultra-running friends.