Because I have the Garmin Troodos Trail Marathon coming up in a couple of weeks, I needed to get in one solid, long, and hard run in before beginning a mini-taper (and a vacation!). So, I did a favorite route of mine that involves a lot of vertical change and some intense heat. I had hoped to get in about 20 miles, but I finished up a little early and decided to call it quits there.
This was the first song to come on when I started my long run this weekend, and I jammed to it all day. This is another old school hip hop favorite, and I’m not ashamed to say I know every word of this song!
Another good week of training is complete! Looking ahead, I’ll be travelling for the whole week prior to the upcoming trail marathon and so my running will decrease greatly. This upcoming week I’ll be pushing to get some miles in M-F before taking off on Saturday and then I should be able to get a couple short runs in on the road. The travel works out well with my tapering, thankfully, so I should be fine to go the distance on race day.
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.