Spent the last calendar day of summer by beginning with some pleasant running conditions at Remarkable Flats--flat gray skies, just a tiny bit of breeze, and a mix of deer, antelope, and cows; somehow even 4 hooved company makes the running a little better.
I ran a Blue course drawn up last night. When I draw up training courses for myself, I usually draw them up very quickly without any thought to solutions as to how to run the legs and attack the controls, and mainly just stick to getting in the ballpark length I want, and whatever else I might want to emphasize (sage, hills, etc.--very often it's hills). The idea is to try to arrive at the start with as fresh a course as possible.
The running was a slightly odd mix today. I didn't feel like I had much power up the biggest hills, but the rest of the running felt pretty easy the whole way through even though I had the pedal pressed down. O' technique was dead on from start to finish.
Despite the cloudy skies, it was seasonally warm. That won't last and the first snow is probably not far off at this point.
One more map case down, thousands to go...
Legs felt a little beat afterwards, later in the day, but in the good way after a good run, and not a bad way.