My long run this week (yes, only one) took place on my favorite section of the Besparmak Trail in the North of Cyprus. This area has spiderweb-like trails that go in nearly every direction with seemingly endless routes of varying difficulty. Because I am preparing for the Akamas 50k race next weekend, I began to taper my mileage a bit and took it easy. Not much of a story to this one – just took it easy and enjoyed the views along a familiar route.
Here’s the Strava info:
In Other News
This week I wrote a blog post on TheTrek.co (and also published here) called Looking for Endurance and Speed? An FKT Primer. In it, I lay out the basics of the “Fastest Known Time” phenomenon that is sweeping the endurance athletics community and talk about why someone might be motivated to try an FKT and how they should go about doing it. Have a look!
Also, here are a couple of my more popular Instagram posts of the past 7 days. As of now, I’m less than 50 days out from beginning my Appalachian Trail thru-hike! It’s starting to get real.
?? Only 50 days until I start my Appalachian Trail thru-hike! ?? Time is flying by, but preparations are winding down as my gear and resupplies get more dialed in each day.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #appalachiantrail #at2018 #backpacking #liveyouradventure #theoutdoorfolk #getoutside #instagood #wanderlust #campvibes #takeahike #embracethebrutality #everytrailconnects #takemebackpacking #exploremore #thegreatoutdoors #getoutdoors #letscamp #neverstopexploring #travelstoke #keepitwild #theoutbound #wildernessculture #optoutside #choosemountains #travelblogger #thruhike #thetrek #livingthedream #lifeoutside #hiking
Too much real life. Thankfully, there’s @superior.wilderness.designs to make it all better. Can’t wait for my pack to arrive! #Repost @xkcdcomic (@get_repost) ・・・ 1952: Backpack Decisions “This one is perfect in every way, except that for some reason it’s woven from a tungsten mesh, so it weighs 85 pounds and I’ll need to carry it around on a hand cart.” “That seems like a bad–” “BUT IT HAS THE PERFECT POCKET ARRANGEMENT!” https://xkcd.com/1952/ #xkcd #comic #webcomic
I recently heard about this rapper named Jack Harlow. He just graduated high school and released his first album, Gazebo, in November. There are some great songs on the album and this is one I’ve been digging lately:
This was a short training log this week without a lot of pictures as I seem to have misplaced my camera (which is happening a lot lately!), but I expect I’ll find it somewhere under a pile of gear somewhere. Either way, it was a good week of training but I’m glad to taper a bit this week before my race on Sunday, which I am very much looking forward to. I also can’t believe that I’ll be on the AT in under 50 days – time is flying by!
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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.