6 miles 50min Sundance to Sourdough from MSU grass fields+barefoot
This is the first run I've actually felt like a runner. In the past two months I knew there was going to be a day when I would wake up and just know that the foot was healed...well, it was finally that day. I did about 10min of barefoot at the end and that even felt good. The Sundance and Sourdough trails are some really nice urban trails on the south side of town; they kind of wind through some nice wooded areas in between the suburban sprawl south of Kagy Blvd.
The only negative about this run was that my left ankle is definitely kind of jacked up in some way. I guess it's just really not happy about having spent the past 2+ months in a boot. I'm just going to play it by ear, but this is one of those rare injuries that I'll probably take ibuprofen for and just keep running on it. I'm usually not a proponent of that at all (or, really, taking any kind of pills), but I had this same exact issue a couple years ago and after about a month of eating ibuprofen and continuing to run on it, it eventually went away all by itself.
There's really nothing that urgent to prepare for (last time I was in the middle of XC season), so I'll be a little kinder to it, but I'm not incredibly worried about it yet.
W- 2mi (16min)
Total: 17.5miles (2h21)
CC XC--Nationals Bound!!
Speaking of XC: yesterday Colorado College's teams competed at the West Regional in Portland, OR and both the men's and women's teams finished 3rd, which earned them at-large bids to the National's Meet next weekend at St. Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota. On the men's side, Boggs, Alex, and Kiran went 2-3-6 w/ both Boggs and Alex sub-25 (last year they went 1-4-5). This was after sweeping 1-2-3 at the conference meet for the second year in a row (and winning the team title). We definitely have one of the strongest top 3 in the country, but our 4th and 5th men are over a minute back.
On the women's side, Jocelyn led the way with a 12th place finish in a PR 22:46--snatching the last individual qualifying spot--but luckily the girls also received an at-large bid today. I think the girls will actually do better at Nationals than the guys because they have a much tighter pack (about a minute, 1-5) than the men (a little over 2 minutes, 1-5), which will hurt the guys A LOT more at a big, deep race like nationals. Anyways, it's awesome to have both teams going--unfortunately it'll probably be the last time that happens for a LONG time as both teams are made up of basically all seniors.