Training Week 10/8

Training for the week 10/8 to 10/14 was about continuing recovery from Smuttynose Marathon. I have felt pounded in the body and joints since the race, so with no major race on the horizon, I’m dialing it back. Though there are a few long runs coming up, such as the weekend’s Ultra Border Crawl, a 36 mile slog of touching neighboring border signs, which I completed with two others in 6:28.

Week 10/8

Mon: 4 miles, easy – road
Tues: 5.65 miles, social – road
Wed: 8 miles, semi-tempo – road
Thurs: 5 miles, semi-tempo – road
Fri: 5 miles, easy, super slow – road
Sat: 36 miles, BRC Ultra Border Crawl, 6:28 total time – road
Sun: 6 miles, including Oktoberfest 5K, 18:18, 14th place of 1800, 3rd Master 40+, won Golden Drinking Chalice (what I came for!) – road

Total miles: 69 miles

Quality Workouts

Saturday: 36 miles, Ultra Border Crawl, average running pace 9:24. Total time including stops: 6:28. Had to grab an ice bath and hit up some Vitamin-I (not like me) to assist recovery for tomorrow…

Sunday: Oktoberfest 5K, 18:18, 14th place of 1800, 3rd Master 40+. Two mile split: 11:50. Ran well in spite not having that extra gear due to Ultra run the day before.

Next Week

Goal for the coming week will be to continue recovering from… running mega miles, both Smuttynose and the Ultra Border Crawl.

Beer of the Week

Cambridge Brewing Company (CBC) Great Pumpkin Ale — Sponsor of this year’s Oktoberfest Cambridge 5K, CBC has been making some great beer since around 2005 — it wasn’t always that way, but they turned the corner in a great way. One of the most-sought-after beers in their craft is their Great Pumpkin Ale. This is pumpkin that is worth getting your hands on. On tap it is divine. Made with a crazy amount of pumpkin and spices, the pumpkin is vast but not over powering. Spices round out the harvest flavor. What I like about it most is that it is totally drinkable. This in itself is notable because most pumpkin beers are one or two and done. Not so with this. You have one and you want another, and another. And this weekend it was free flowing from the taps at Oktoberfest. On top of that, the other great thing about this beer is that it is only 4.4% ABV. Most pumpkin beers of note are those that are stacked with alcohol. Not this one. Now served in bottles, Great Pumpkin is a must try for those local to Boston. But do yourself a favor and get down to the brewery so that you can enjoy this on tap. You will not be disappointed!

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