2012 Training Log – Week 38

Why is it that I feel like every race report I read has a variation on a theme – “Some course markings got sabotaged so the trail we were on came to a dead end.” ??  (via Cory).

Stay tuned for…  How to Vandal-proof an Ultra.

After a long hot summer, with mostly lackluster running, I am finally feeling somewhat back in the saddle.  The Leadville Rebound took a couple weeks longer than usual, but has been in full swing lately.

I am at exactly 2200 miles for the year, only 25 more than this point last year.  Fail.

I have taken approximately 22,000 more photos than last year.

Probably some correlation there.

Speaking of photos, I randomly came across two of me from races earlier this spring.  It was a little funny because I distinctly remember being photographed in each case, but the pics never turned up in any of the usual spots after the races.  Then 6 months later I stumble across both of them in the same week.  This one back in April was a pretty good race for me (other one is Copyright so I’ll not post it here).

chris boyack earth day

Looking serious at the Earth Day 50K.
Credit: unknown (sourced from Michele Hartwig’s blog)

This week was my first 70+ total in a while.  70 used to be the default, now it is the goal.  My how things change.

I am signed up for the Rock and Roll Denver Marathon this Saturday.  Going to use it (possibly along with some extra miles) as a long training run.  I have been toying with the idea of another 100 miler this fall, and there are several I would love to do.  Boulder is not at the top of that list, but it may prevail simply due to logistics.  Also looking at the 24 hour option.

10 miles

Boneyard. Includes 4 laps @ 8:42 pace. Felt decent. Much better than last week.

10 miles

Out and back on east west trail. Felt a lot stronger than I thought I would.

14 miles

Awesome trail run at red rocks with Tim. Im not feeling 100% yet, but 80’ish is amazing compared to what I have been used to.  Really felt strong today.  Cool and misty weather helped a ton.

8 miles

Easy jog.

7.8 miles

Boneyard. Lots of txt messages. Had to play catch-up with Stu and ran fairly hard on tired legs.

20 miles

Figure-8 loops on the East/West trail. Test driving the New Balance MT1010s. Pushed a little beyond comfortable from the start, trying to set up for a good effort. First 10 went well, but probably dug a bit too deep passing and then staying away from rattlesnake-guy who made an appearance around mile 5. Monarch was tough, legs were toast. Feet killed me from mile 6-14, especially the left. Not the shoes fault.  Spent some quality time with the knife digging out the callous afterwards.


Chased the sunset instead of running. Could have used a little more pop in the sky, but I found a sweet location.  It’ll be awesome in another week or two when the leaves change down here.


Total: 70 miles / 11:24

Posted on September 17, 2012, in run, training. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. First off, that tree picture is amazing. I always find myself thinking “Wow, I wish I took that” when I see your pictures.

    And second…..very much looking forward to How to Vandal-Proof an Ultra. By the end of a race I’m usually wishing I didn’t have those bonus miles from getting lost.

    • Thanks, Cory. I have been having a lot of fun with the camera. You have been putting up some great shots!

      I read your report and it sounded like a tough day (but beautiful surroundings). The trail marking stuff just drives me nuts. I think I will put on a race with 100 miles of rope strung out and make everyone clip into it with a carabiner.

  2. Been toying with the idea of the 24 up there myself, but it would be pretty stupid to do that. However, stupidity does love company.

  3. Well – I haven’t signed up, yet. That is one attraction to that race, though. You can hop in pretty much last minute. I’m waiting to see how this weekend goes. My comment was more in the “Ah, what the hell, let’s do it” frame of mind. It is looking pretty likely for me, nothing else seems to be panning out. I would MUCH rather see you there IN the race than waiting on me, but all company would be welcome!

  4. Mile 20 is literally steps away from my house. I’ll be hanging out with the neighbors. Plan on being offered a cold beer as you run by!

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