This weekend I did a nice 10-miler by the beach on Saturday and then a flat 13.2 on the nearby trail just to get in a few more miles. On Saturday, the beach run was pretty flat but had some crazy wind, so that provided a bit of extra resistance that I wasn’t used to feeling. Quite a sensation!
Sunday’s run was my go-to route. Again, hardly any vert but it helps get the miles in. I’ll head to the mountains next weekend for a bit more altitude.
Welcome to the Weekly Jam! I thought I’d start posting a song that has either gotten me through a tough run or was stuck in my head all week. Purely for entertainment purposes. This one, “When I B On Tha Mic” by Rakim, is a classic old-school rap song that I recently re-discovered in my repository. Such good flow; I had this on repeat all weekend during my long runs. Rakin was featured heavily on the Netflix series Hip Hop Evolution, which is a great retelling of the story of the genre. Check it out!
So there you have it, my week of training. I’m trying to make my logs more readable an entertaining, which I simply didn’t have the time to do when I was training for the 50k. My plan now is to ride this high into next month and race in the Garmin Cyprus Troodos Marathon on June 11th, which should be a lot of fun. After that I’ll likely take a short hiatus until I decide what to race later in the fall.
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.