Monday, June 29, 2009

Week of June 22-28 (13:44)

If you are a true fan of the sport of running, this past weekend had it all!

Ultra Running:
The Western States 100miler was held on Saturday and was one of the most competitive 100mile races ever. It was a very deep field, added with this some very hot temperatures to provide some very interesting results. The live updates along the way had us glued to the computer at times. Hal Koerner showed exceptional form in repeating as race winner and outlasting the likes of pre-race favourites, Scott Jurek and Dave Mackey who both dropped out. Congratulations to Gary Robbins, who was the top Canadian finishing in 48th place overall after running very aggressively early on and then gutting it out to the end. Anita Ortiz of the La Sportiva Running Team won the women's race in her first attempt at 100miles. Congratulations to Hal and Anita.

Mountain Running:
The NACAC Mountain Running Championships were held in Cranmore, NH on Sunday. The top Canadian finish was by Paul Chafe, who finished 20th in the men's race. Paul is from Sydenham and has won our Sydenham Fall Trail Run in the past, so it was great to see him represent the area well.

The Canadian and U.S. Track and field Championships were also held this weekend. While many of the times seemed slow in both meets, these were used as qualifiers for the upcoming World Championships so tended to be tactical races.

From a training standpoint, this was another solid week of training me. I cut my overall mileage back a bit, but included some good quality days into the mix including a rolling tempo, flat fartlek, steady Frontenac Park run with Keith and steady 2hr run in the heat. I'll cut back a little further for this week to rest up for next weekend.

Training Log Summary:
Total # of hours this week: 13:44
Total # of runs this week: 11
2009 total # of hours: 297:29
2009 total # of days: 185
2009 total # of runs: 231
Streak: 7,125 days in a row
Training Log Details: click here

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