So much rain this week. Combined with some schedule disruptions and a sick child, I only made it out for two training runs.
To be honest, a lighter training week was just what I needed. I wrapped up last weekend feeling quite sore. A little less training, a week of leg drains (whether they’re helping or not is inconclusive), a little more stretching and rolling. I rolled into the weekend feeling pretty good and able to get my long run in on Saturday – 11kms of hilly trails with good company. No major soreness or niggles tonight, so I’m hopeful of a strong training week this week.
Some extra reading, listening, and viewing:
- Chasing Pounamu – the Tarawera Ultra Run was on this weekend. This film follows a lovely fella who returned to Tarawera to run the 100 mile race in 2019 after DNFing in 2018. I don’t mind saying I got a little choked up watching it.
- The Stuff You Should Know podcast covered barefoot running. If you’ve read Born to Run and some of the articles and things that sprung from that, you probably already know the pros and cons. I enjoy this as a bit of a recap and reminder that I shouldn’t just chase trendy solutions to problems that I’m not necessarily having. But, the idea of running some barefoot (or at least minimalist) workouts on grass to strengthen my feet is still appealing. I just haven’t fit it into my workout schedule yet.
- The Sweet Spot – Any article that opens with “Growing older as a runner brings with it many realizations”, is bound to get my attention. This is just a short read about how getting older means we experience that long-running flow state differently than before.
I’ve been working on my race review of the Ultra-Trail Australia 50K (UTA 50). First draft is about 7000 words long! I don’t think it’ll come out shorter. But if I’m going to ask for that much time and attention from readers, I had better spend some time editing it to be a good read.