I needed to make a bit of a comeback this week after not doing a long run last weekend. Life got in the way, as it sometimes does, and so I skipped it altogether and just went ahead with my normal training schedule. I’m still in Montenegro, so using Google Maps, Strava, and Movescount (Suunto app), I planned out a 22mi run for Saturday morning. Judging by the terrain, I thought I’d be in for some trails. As it turns out, the mountainous roads were all paved, but it was nice and steep nevertheless. About midway through the run, I decided that I’d push a couple extra miles and go for the full marathon distance. Why not?
In the end, it took a long time and my pace was quite slow. I wasn’t trying to break any PRs or anything, so it suited me just fine. It was also quite hot out by the time I finished, so that definitely slowed me down towards the end.
This week I binge-watched The Defiant Ones, the 4-part HBO documentary series about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. It was fantastically produced, had a great story-line, and was all-around completely captivating. This was probably the best documentary I’ve ever seen, although this is one of my favorite genres and periods of music so it especially spoke to me. Anyway, it had me playing some old school Dr. Dre songs all week, one of the best being Forgot About Dre from his Chronic 2001 album. Love it!
I’m pretty happy with this week’s training. I got in all my lifts and runs and pushed myself a little further on the weekend. I’ll be back in Cyprus next weekend for a proper long run on the trail.
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.