My long run this week was an 8-miler down in Pissouri Bay. We were visiting some friends and ran a beautiful and scenic trail on the coast with some awesome views. A good amount of it was on pavement as well, where I was able to practice picking up the pace a bit. Overall, a nice and lower-volume run.
- Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Shoes
- Suunto Ambit3 Peak GPS Sport Watch
- Patagonia Fore Runner Vest 10L
- Black Diamond Distance Z poles **NEW**
- Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap
- Under Armour Men’s UA Igniter 2.0 Sunglasses
- Icebreaker Men’s Strike Lite Shorts
- 2XU Compression Calf Guards
- Drymax Trail Run 1/4 Crew Socks w/ Turndown
- Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX10 16.2 MP Waterproof Digital Camera
- CLIF SHOT Energy Gels
- Thermotabs Salt Tablets (electrolytes)
Let it be, oh let it be! I try to remind myself of that whenever I’m tapering for a race. Doing extra volume now will only hurt me, not help.
This was an easy week of training to get myself rested for the race next weekend. I will taper even more this coming week until race day on Saturday. I’m a bit nervous going into this thing, as the race itself is nearly 17 miles longer than I have ever run – quite a jump. Really not sure how it will go, I may even DNF for all I know, but it will be a rewarding experience nonetheless. Here’s to pushing through your perceived physical limits!
Until next week!
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Brandon Chase is a writer, endurance athlete, and guide based in Maine. He is a former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and spent nearly a decade overseas serving at embassies in Egypt, Cyprus, and Pakistan.
Along with a 98-day thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, he has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiked the West Highland Way, fastpacked in the Himalayas, and trekked around New Zealand and South Africa. He also regularly competes in ultramarathons at the 50k, 50-mile, and 100-mile distances. He is a Lead Guide for Andrew Skurka Adventures and the New England Outdoor Center.