Taper for the Meet Your Maker 50 unofficially began two weeks ago when I followed up back-to-back weeks of 50-plus-mile weeks with a week of minimal activity and extra treatment to the plantar fasciitis and heel inflammation caused by knots in my calf.
Now, taper time can officially begin. The biggest mileage and time-on-feet training day is in the books. That came Saturday night and the wee hours of Sunday morning when I spent nearly 8 ½ hours on the trail while pacing Sherrie Klover for 26.6 miles of the Leadville Trail 100.
The tales from the trail in Leadville will be saved for another entry, but the details of training for the week are as follows:
Total miles running: 30.6 miles
Longest run: 26.6 miles
Total vertical gain: 4,180 feet
The Meet Your Maker 50 is 13 days away, and I believe my legs are ready. They handled pacing just fine at Leadville. Hope Pass was a good challenge, and I reached a maximum elevation of 12,406 feet – significantly higher than I’ll climb at MYM.
This week will be an easy week with a planned 10-mile run on Saturday. Other key activities will be washing my gear from Leadville, packing it back up and preparing for next week’s departure for Whistler.