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Thursday, June 1, 2017

May 2017 Recap

Mt. Sanitas summit on 5/30
It's June, friends! That can only mean a handful of things here in Colorado: The Rockies baseball club will start their annual downward spiral into irrelevancy, there will be daily rain showers from 2pm-3pm, and I'm going to start reading trailhead/peak condition reports in hopes of sneaking in an early 14er or two!

MAY TOTALS:

Distance: 99.6 miles (up from 75.5 in April)
Time Spent Running: 18hr 33min 11sec (up from 12:54:53 in April)
Elevation Gain: 4,389 ft (down from 6,151 in April)

THE BIG PICTURE:
In a month that saw me complete my first ultra at the Greenland Trail 50k, I'm proud to say that the progress I finished April with has continued! I still feel focused and motivated. Like I hoped for at the end of last month, I've steadily begun to increase my weekly mileage, while making sure to take all the steps necessary to prevent injury and burnout.

THE GOOD:
  • I'm starting to get my nutrition figured out a little better. 
    • As Alex and I sell our house and wait for our new one to be built, we've been staying with family nearby. I was concerned that this would send me into a downward spiral of restaurant food and Starbucks coffees, but the opposite has happened. We've been preparing more meals at home than ever before, most of which are whole foods based.
  • I officially registered for my first 50-mile event!
    • I'll be running the 50-mile course this October in the Indian Creek Fifties.
  • I ran more consistently in May than in April.
    • I was back in action within a couple days of finishing Greenland, and I took fewer unplanned recovery days than in April. Score!
THE LESS-THAN-GOOD:
  • While I ran more often, they weren't necessarily quality runs. 
    • I only finished the month with one fartlek run, one long run (aside from Greenland), and one mountain run. The rest of my miles were at a very easy pace. And while that certainly helps to further build my aerobic base, I need to really make sure I'm getting in those quality miles, too!
Okay, that's all for now! Let's aim for 120 miles this month!

~JVB




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