AM- Long run/Big Workout with Justin. Drove to Croft State park. Beautiful morning- 35 deg at the start, 50 at the finish. We ran an 11-mile loop on the Southside trail as warm up. Then we started a tempo on the flat part of the course- there is a stretch just under 3 miles long that only has 3 very small hills and is otherwise as flat as you'll ever find. It is soft singletrack that is constantly winding- almost no straight stretches. I was immediately working as hard as during my 6:00 road tempos, though my splits were 7:00 to 7:30 (Justin fell behind a bit after a few miles). The last 3 miles were a harder sub-7, with a final mile of 6:25 and some 5:45 stretches on straight portions, including some extra incentive of trying to run down a mountain biker (which I did). Total for the BW portion was 10 miles in about 71 min. Finished with 22.5 miles in 3:11 with about 800 ft climbing. Felt good and got a great workout, though definitely have some sore hips, knees, feet, etc. Now rest for another few big weeks.
PM- Just got in trouble for eating the entire dinner planned for the whole family as an afternoon snack. How was I supposed to know that was for dinner? Actually, I didn't eat the entire pizza- just 5 of the 6 pieces. According to the box, I ate 1600 calories. So I'm still way negative for the day on food. I mean really, if the pizza is small enough that I can eat it myself, should they be advertising it as a family dinner? Should be advertised as a small, post-run snack if you ask me. It's not my fault that standard serving size doesn't account for ultrarunners and 100+ mile week appetites. Right, Jake?