Well, I took Sun, Mon, Tues off and started back up jogging Wed and by today I actually feel fairly normal again (whatever normal is, since I'm not sure I have a reference base for that assertion). This recovery week I have 35 miles. The thing that surprizes me the most after racing so damn much (5 100s in 3 months) is that I'm mentally eager to run and feel fresh. When I set out on this year's challenge, I figured I'd barf at the sight of running shoes by now. Nope, still reading, thinking, and practicing running every day. Anyway, the chance of me getting over to Moab for the race this coming weekend has gradually climbed to about 90%.
I walked over to the finish line of the St. George Marathon this morning before my own run. The winning time was 2:24, with 2nd in 2:26, then 3, 4, 5, 6 all in the 2:29 minute. Seems like it'd be a fast course since it drops pretty consistently about 3,000 ft from start to finish. I snapped a pic of the winner just before he reached the line. Second place at 2:26 is a guy in his 40s from MA. Surprized that I didn't recognize his name since I know pretty much all of the 10,000 runners around Boston in some way or another. Of course, he lives in Hudson, MA, a good hike west of Boston. The best running community in the country, no contest.
|Jonathan Kotter from Provo UT winning in 2:24|
|Italian, Ivan Cudin wins Spartathlon in 22:57, shaving 6 mins off his winning time in 2010.|