Last Saturday was 5 Peaks Devon; the last of the series! Kind of a bummer because the 5 Peaks races are AWESOME. For the 100th time and last time this year I will say this but the course was marked amazingly, great volunteers, great overall production.
The first 4km of the course was tough a ton of elevation change and great hills. Very few races make my ass hurt the next day but this one did big time. The last few km of the course were easy and fast; I had a great run.
Here is a crappy screen shot of the elevation map of the course.
Now back to the part about me having a great run. IT WAS AWESOME. This is the first run of any sorts race, training, LSD, you name it that I did not feel like shitting my pants, rolling over and dying from pain, and or puking. Stomach problems are finally at bay for now, which benefited the crap out of me Saturday. I did not run 100% because I was being cautious about my stomach but I ran hard and well. I finished 11th overall in my age category and was like 1 minute away from being 6th or 7th. It is amazing how much seconds matter in some races. After the race I had so much energy I could have run it again I was bouncing all over the place; Jesse thought I was crazy. I also raced in my new Saucony A4′s since my Fastwitch ones died and the new Fastwitch’s are not as nice; they are equally awesome. All in all such a great race, day, and people.
My training has been focused on cross country/trail as of late. My stomach has also put a damper on the long run training. The next races I have coming up are 2 Wednesday night races (XC) and the Victoria half marathon. Since the half is less than two weeks away so I will try to throw in a few long runs on road before we get to Victoria next Friday.
Week of training
Monday – 6km of hill repeats Keillor Road hill
Tuesday – REST
Wednesday – 6 km George Smith Special Wed Night Race
Thursday – 16 x 1 w/2 Trail
Friday – 8km tempo
Saturday – Rest or 5km road OOKS are in Calgary racing – I am there coaching
Sunday – 15km LSD
Here are some photos from the race on Saturday some good suffer face in some of them!
As the 5 Peakers say…..
Get off the road!