A new feat

One of the enduring reasons I run can be summed up in a few short words: New challenges are limited only by your imagination and sense of exploration.

Over the past 5 days, I’ve piled on the miles. Facing another desert trail race, I decided to take on an additional challenge of running at least 10 miles for 3 consecutive days.

The trail race, measuring more than 16 miles, proved to be a tough start. The San Tan Scramble, as the event is called, proved to be tougher than I recalled. Perhaps the injury I suffered in the 2012 race wiped away some of the memories of the difficulty. Overall, it was an extraordinary event and a perfect day for trail running. When I crossed the finish line, I knew I had been tested.

The following days brought a new level of achievement and opportunity. Logging 10-plus miles on Sunday and Monday brought my 3-day total to 37 miles. If memory serves correct, I’ve never done a “triple double” for mileage.

So why run so many miles?

It’s not about writing a number in a training log. Instead, it’s about running on sore, tired legs in preparation of future endeavors. The training will prove useful later this year as the summer and fall racing season unfolds. For me, that means some races on this list, and the New York City Marathon.

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