American River 50: Week 17

And taper continues…

AR50 Week17

My legs were definitely feeling the {good} effects of taper this week and started to have some life back in them!  Looking at my average paces over the week, you could tell my legs were feeling better compared to peak training.

Once this week was over I had to check where it stood in 2012 (I had no idea of this before this week was over), but apparently this was my lowest week of 2012 (as it should be).  But what was shocking to me was every single week during this year has been at least 55 miles or more!  


If that doesn’t leave me feeling prepared for AR50, I don’t know what will.

Ok back to training…


I went to the chiropractor for some last minute adjustments and to work through some knots I have.  Two days later I was feeling brand new!

8 mile run

Normal run with my work crew!

7.8 miles/1:12:43/9:16 avg pace

5 mile run

Solo boring snoring easy short run.

5.1 miles/48:53/9:40 avg pace

7 mile run

I love my Thursday morning runs because we always finish at coffee.

7.0 miles/1:05:07/9:22 avg pace

My happy place.

7 mile trail run

I had Friday off and took advantage of the beautiful weather by sleeping in and then going on an early afternoon trail run with Chris!  We used to run Mt. Diablo a lot together, but it’s been a while.  The streams were finally flowing with water and I got to get my feet wet a couple times.  It was a warm, muggy day, but so, so beautiful.

This run even had a fallen tree blocking our way and a baby snake!  Fun Friday adventures on the mountain.


Runs up Diablo are always up up up then down down down.  We climbed about 1300 feet in the first 3.5 miles, which was a good comparison to the last 3 miles of AR50!  I will just imagine I am going up my favorite mountain.

7.0 miles/1:19:19/11:19 avg pace

13 mile run

I had grand plans to meet RoseRunner for a trail run on Saturday morning.  There were threats of rain, but rain doesn’t usually stop me.  I got in the car and headed over to our meeting spot in Oakland and on my way there it was like a monsoon!  25+ mph winds and pouring rain were not fun to drive through, let alone think about running through. 

I got to our spot and we texted a couple times and decided to reschedule.  Running in that weather the week before my race probably wasn’t the best idea I have ever had.  Meh. 

I drove back home, sat around for a while and stared out the windows.  Eventually it looked clear so I headed out for my boring snoring road run instead.  I figured I could get in a few miles and always move my longer run to Sunday if I wasn’t feeling it. 

I started running and felt pretty good so made my way around town, but it was still really windy and started raining on me again.  I was cold but didn’t feel like turning around… my run wasn’t that long!  So I continued on and finished up my run and the sun was out by the end of course.

13.0 miles/2:04:12/9:33 avg pace

This was my last run of March that pushed me over 350 miles!

5 mile run

After more sleeping in, Chris and I headed out for an easy run with the pups.  I took it really easy and followed them off in the distance finishing up my 2nd week of taper.

5.1 miles/49:45/9:40 avg pace

Total miles for week 17: 44.9

And now it’s race week!  I just have a couple short, easy runs and then it will be time to run and run and run.  I met with my amazing crew last night and went over lots of details which made me both excited and nervous for this weekend.  I can’t believe it’s here!  Let’s hope I can keep myself together this week.

{Less than} 1 week to go!

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11 Responses to American River 50: Week 17

  1. Carrie April 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    I can’t even fathom 350 miles in a month – you are so inspiring to me!

  2. Abby @ Change of Pace April 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    So exciting that your almost there, and that your legs are feeling ready! I can’t wait for your race day.

  3. diana April 3, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    You are READY Aron!!!! Have a blast and enjoy the run! You got this.

  4. Michelle April 3, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    It’s here! You’re going to do great! Your legs appreciate that you have taken such good care this week. Enjoy!

  5. The Blonde April 3, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    You are an animal! :) Counting down the days with you!!

    Was 90 miles your goal for your highest peak week? And, Diablo looks beautiful…

  6. Lizzie @TheWeekdayVegan April 3, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    I am so excited for you!! This weekend is going to be amazing and I am looking forward to hearing about it! I’ve loved reading about your training =) GOOD LUCK!!

  7. amt April 3, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    i do not think i have ever been so invested in a stranger’s aerobic activity! i have been following your training, at first casually, then somewhat excitedly and now full-on compulsively. i cannot wait to read your after-race report! how will i survive the suspense? i will have to join twitter just for this!

  8. allpointswhole April 3, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    I am so excited for you! I can not wait to read all about it!!

  9. Running Girl April 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Dude, 350 miles?! You are an animal! Congratulations – you sound totally ready for your big run. :-)

  10. RoseRunner April 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    I was so excited to run with you in the mud–I was even considering going for it with that insane monsoon weather! But I guess when you hydroplane on the freeway (is that the right word?) its time to get indoors. You are wise to have foregone the ankle-break opportunity of that run.

    I’m thinking of you all week, very stoked for you.

  11. XLMIC April 4, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    RACE WEEK!!!! wheeeeeeeeeee!

    I am so glad you decided to not run the trail that day…it was nuts out! I am so glad also that you feel prepared…because you ARE!!!! I am so looking forward to hearing about this race :)

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