Here's a little audio clip from a local radio program that I was on last week to promote the presentation that I gave last Friday: http://www.ktoo.org/audiofile.cfm?clip=4651 The segment that I am on begins at about 13:20. Nothing too exciting in this clip but I know at least my Mom will like to listen to it.
Got out for another pretty long run today. I've done my highest mileage week right now in over a year: 115 miles - even with a day off on Monday. I'll cut back a bit in the next week and then a good long 30+ miler next weekend before a nice two week taper for Western States. I'll be heading down to California on the 17th and spend 8 days before the race getting used to the elevation, the sun, and the heat. I really like the way my body has been feeling with the increased mileage that I've done the past week. I don't feel fast right now but I feel as strong as I ever have. And the longer I go the stronger I feel. A good spot to be a few weeks before a 100 miler.
I was thinking a bit during my run today about my training leading up to this race compared to one of my main competitors on June 26th, Tony Krupicka. Here's run almost twice as much mileage for the year as I have; His most recent week was almost 200 miles; and in the month of May, which he called his "worst" month of running in '10, he ran about 200 miles more than I did. It's amazing to me sometimes to see how different two paths can be to come together at the same place. My approach has clearly worked for me and his approach has clearly worked for him (if I'm not mistaken I don't think he has ever been beaten in an ultra that he finished!). In many ways that seems to be the end of the similarity between our styles of training, and yet we've both been able to find large amounts of success. Just an interesting thought. Nothing more to say about that now.