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May 2012 vs. May 2013 (and YTD)

The month of May in 2013 was slow: I logged the fewest miles of any month so far in 2013 (211 miles). In contrast, May was my busiest month in 2012, during which time I ran 407 miles. The contrast is due to the following facts: (a) I was injured during the first half of May in 2013; (b) in 2013, I had raced a 50km in late april, and was scheduled to run the 50 mile distance on the 11th of May, and then again on the 1st of June (this required tapering and so fewer miles); (c) I did not race during the months of April, May or June in 2012 (that is, any ultra distances. Racing shorter distances typically doesn't require the same taper and recovery as an ultra)

I ran more miles during each of the first four months of 2013 as compared to 2012. However, because of the lackluster May this year, my miles year-to-date (YTD) are lower in 2013 than in 2012. Here's the breakdown:

                   2012              2013
Jan.            200m             248m
Feb.           261m             320m
Mar.           293m             315m
Apr.           244m             265m
May           407m             211m

Totals:       1,405m          1,359m

By June 1st, 2012, I had raced 95 miles (1 ultra), whereas, by June 1st of this year, I had raced 157 miles (3 ultras). Though there were some similarities in my training during the first five months of both years, my focus this spring turned more toward racing ultras. My summer this year should be similar to the last: lots and lots of miles, plenty of time on the trails and out West, few races. One difference this summer is that I plan to run some shorter road races (starting with a 5km race on June 15th) around the St. Louis area, as I'm working across the river in Illinois until July 12th.

One last update. This past week, 06/03 - 06/09, following TNF-DC 50 mile, I was able to recover swiftly and run 70 miles after taking Monday off. Some pictures and video from the last week:

The new workplace. 

A splendid view.

Good fun.

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