Another Training-Less Week

Last Year

I ran the 2008 TC 1 mile in 5:27. It was a slightly different course and atmosphere.  Last year had a big focus on the Olympic Games.  I wrote about competition and whether doping was part of the Olympic Spirit.  Have you heard about the Elite Running Cookbook? I still think it would make a great present (hint, hint). Foto Friday was from a muddy trail run at Hyland Hills.  This time last year we also found out that Oscar Pistorius would be allowed to compete for a spot on the Olympic team.

Run: 10.6 Mi
Bike: 21.6 Mi

Last Week was pretty much another down week.  Still letting my foot heal up. Until the weekend.  This was my first “mancation” trip with my running friends to Bayfield, WI.  My tweeted summary says it well:

3 days, 3 tough but scenic runs, 33+ miles, 3 beers, 3 blisters 3 ticks. Snow, Sun and Superior. A fun and sucsessful weekend.

I won’t go into much detail about the runs, except they all had a lot of hills, great scenery, and the kicked my butt! Below are pictures from Google Earth and the elevation charts.

Our first run was in transit to Bayfield and was on the Birkie Trail, home of the American Birkebeiner  Ski Race. It was 11.13 miles in 1:37:01.  (all distances are a little off due to sharp turns and lots of trees, but provides a strong estimate).

Run number two was Saturday morning on the Teuton and Valkyrie Ski Trails in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.  We ran 10.17  miles in 1:27:07.

Run number 3 (which I skipped) was on the Jerry Jolly Trail. Run number 4 (my third) was at the amazing Jay Cooke State Park. We ran 11.03 miles in 1:48:06 (which included scenic overlook and walk breaks).

Weekly Mileage
Running – 32.3 miles
Biking – 32.8 miles

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