Ahhh, cutback week. A brief respite in the training schedule of a marathoner. It also coincided with vacation. A period of refreshing the muscles and preparing my legs for the final 11 weeks until my marathon.
My mileage in previous weeks has been: 43, 47, 49 and 54. The goal was to cutback to 42 during vacation. The best part of running in the Northwoods of Wisconsin is the scenery. Need an example?
The road I run is heavily wooded with trees growing very close to the edge of both sides of the road.It is located within the Northern Highland-American Legion state forest. Hills and sweeping turns are common. Often with lakes on both sides of the road. Last year I discovered a black bear on my route. Thankfully this year the most vicious thing I faced was a chipmunk. Temps were a nice break as it dipped down into the high 60’s in early morning. Only one problem, do I fish first thing every morning or run? I managed to split the difference and only put in 36 miles.
The fishing wasn’t great. Too hot . Everything I caught was small and thrown back. I fished for musky. And the largest thing I caught was an eleven inch bass on a giant musky lure of all things. We caught and kept enough for a small dinner.
All in all it was very relaxing. Running or fishing. Either way it was good break.