Side note - I plan on only 20 miles during the week before race day next weekend.
Another side note - long range forecast has chance for showers next Saturday, dry on Sunday:
Yesterday early evening I went back to the Greenland trail, have not been there since May, for my last 8 mile tempo run. But also with my eye on seeing if I could break my previous best time there: 61 minutes, 22 seconds. An 8 mile loop w/ over 500' elevation gain = good test.
However, before I even started I was already making mental and physical excuses: too hot (upper 80's), too tired (day before had over 2800' vertical gain - all above 11,000'), too bad. I needed to try hard, putting forth a good effort and get this run in.
Result: despite really suffering, especially towards the end in the last 2 miles and slowing as a result / not having anything left to push with - I beat my old best time by a whopping 6 seconds. Still, pleased with that and was kind of left thinking if I wasn't quite so tired I should be able to beat that time too - yet not really caring about trying to anytime soon. So, the new PR is 61:16. Still don't think I can get under 60 minutes, but sub 61 is doable.
On tap is another