LSR, with an emphasis on slow

Today my training plan gave a range of 12-15 miles, and since I’d been at the lower end of all the ranges this week, I shot for the moon and mapped out a route that would also involve a bit of trail.  3 hours and 14.5 miles later…(yes, THREE hours!)

Every run is a learning opportunity, especially as I ramp up training for this ultra. Most of my runs so far have been an experiment in fueling. I haven’t settled on anything yet–it’s still a work in progress.

Today’s lesson emphasized reading trail blazes. I suck at that. I’m lucky enough to live close to a variety of trail surfaces and elevations, and with the exception of Saturday’s trail run (when I was following three others), I get completely turned around. This does not bode well for the 50 miler.

After running, Things 2 and 3 and I hopped over to the city for a 25th anniversary release of a Studio Ghibli movie: Only Yesterday.  I never tire of Studio Ghibli, and I just love that the bulk of the studio’s films feature young girls and women as leading characters.  I also love the facial expressions–this movie in particular had a wonderful scene in which the family discovers how to open and eat a pineapple for the first time (it takes place in 1966, and apparently, pineapple was new to Japan then).

Janathon Day 3 is in the books, and Day 4 is a rest day on my plan, but with back to work, back to school, and preparing for my San Diego trip on my agenda, I’m sure to be busy.


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