This weekend was the last training run before the Larnaca Marathon next weekend. No rain in the morning as I had experienced for the last two weekends, and I decided to head to the linear path not far from home. 20mi felt alright, with only a little bit of pain working its way in into my hip flexors toward the end. I shouldn’t have any problem finish the race next weekend, but I certainly won’t be breaking any records. Despite running my first marathon over 3 years ago, I don’t think I’m going to beat that time of 4h13min, simply because I haven’t been training for speed on roads. Either way, it has given me a reason to stay in running shape and since there aren’t any other trail races of that length taking place here for a while, it’s all I’ve got!
- 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)
G-Eazy has some good jams. This is one of my favorites, and I think we could all take a page out of his book by meaning what we say. Maybe excluding the part about f****ing your b****.
This was a good week of training. I got in all my runs, pushed myself a little further than in past weeks, and am confident I’ll be just fine for the race next weekend. Like I said, I don’t plan to have a very strong finish but just want to get it done and stay in shape. I’ll taper a bit this week recover as much as I can before Sunday.
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.