After Sutton I took about 5 days off to get recovered from a pretty unimpressive spring season (with the exception of the mountain race). It was everything I needed, and I came off the break fully motivated and ready for the next round of training.
These past few weeks I've been extremely busy with work and with a July 1 promotion on the horizon (yay) I've been taking full advantage of the summer months to get prepared for the craziness of the fall semester. My workouts have changed, now that I've got to get usd to running up 20% grades for extended periods of time (do you ever actualy get "comfortable" with that?) and every workout has a down/up cycle to it as Poland is a down/up course.
For someone who doesn't do hill work (I run my workouts on hilly courses) I had no idea what I was missing. Running repeats alternatve 0% and 12% inclines makes every workout more interesting and extremely challenging. Ive found that it takes two full days to recover from the hard sessions, especially now that its summer in Mississippi, so I'm back on the hard/easy/easy cycle. I'm feeling extremely strong and my longer runs and workouts paces have started improving again. I'm also keeping my weekly miles at a steady 80+-, not where I would like to be but seems to be where my body feels comfortable right now.
With the exception of a nagging achilles, my body feels pretty good. I haven't had any issues with my S.I. Joint ever since I decided to postpone my marathon goals to the fall and focus more on the mountain running. I've got some very exciting racing scheduled in the coming months: NACAC in New Hampshire, World Mountain Champs in Poland, a marathon in late October, and World XTerra Champs in Hawaii at the end of November. After that I will put up my flats for a well needed break of (hopefully) 9 months or more.