Geez...there are so many options this time of year that there are weeks where one has a good chance of running alone on those loooong runs. This was the second consecutive week as folks raced pctr series, Napa Marathon or taper for Cool.
I really don't mind the lone time as I have put into words before..I even thought of taking my ipod along but thought better of it as I set out on a 31 mile run along the American River...Silence is fine for me except for the sounds of spring be it the birds or mud puddles splatting against my shoes. I use these longer solo runs to review things and see how well I can go since this is mental to be out for 5 or 6 hours.
Funny that with American River 50 coming up in a month I have not really thought of that or even Miwok I just want to run each day and focus on hitting the training goals on the schedule...Perhaps this being such a narrow focus is doing me good. I am not getting to caught up in others faster, longer programs but just looking at what I am doing getting to that day in June. That said the long Saturday run had some low and high moments all of which I handled well. I had a low point about 25 miles in but just put the head down to speak and moved through it for about 2miles after which things go better once more. Steady was how I felt on this run. The next days follow up recovery run of 9 miles had me thinking that only 2 or 3 weeks ago I was feeling exhausted to run and made every effort to get out the door. This week like last no problem...The legs feel it put the endurance is getting there again...Longer runs on Sunday to come that is good news I am getting ready.
Having a heck of a time getting my pacer('s) lined up...maybe living so close to the course and having friends in the race is a curse for this..I have asked four friends so far and all taken. Way Too Cool is this weekend and I am doing my WS volunteer work there so I hope to see some other folks out there that I might be able to ask pace me..gotta get this taken care of soon.