My long run this week was an easier one – just 13mi on the linear path in town. I have been taking it easy all week for recovery purposes after the 80k race last weekend and had been feeling alright, so I wanted to a little bit of a longer run this weekend in preparation for a race I’m doing next weekend. About halfway through this run, though, my left knee started bothering me. It had been a bit sore after the race last weekend but pretty much fine all week. It got quite painful during this run, to the point where I had to walk a significant portion of the return leg. I guess this is a sign that I need to take it easy for a bit longer!
- 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)
One of my favorite bands, Awolnation, released a new song yesterday which I am really digging. It starts off a little strange (like many of their songs), but gets good fast. Can’t wait for their new album to drop!
This was a nice recovery week. I eased back into running pretty slowly, doing only a couple miles at a time, and then pushing it a little too far, it seems) this weekend. I’ll continue taking it slow this week in hopes that I’ll be recovered enough to do the 21-mile race next Saturday.
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.