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Up until now, my blog posts could be collected and aptly titled "How Not to Train for the Triple Crown," but with the Garden 10-mile under my belt, I'm ready to start really preparing for the Summer Roundup and Ascent. First, though, one more Triple Crown Don't: Don't decide the morning of the 10-miler to wear a pair of shoes you've worn twice and have never run in (I'm sure all you runners are wincing at my naivete right now). Black/non-existent toenails are not a great summer look.

What's done is done, though, so after a brief mourning period for my toenails I'm going to get back out there and get ready for the Roundup. One thing I am certain of is that I'm going to run the race course before the actual race this time. I realized when I started the Garden that I had absolutely no clue what I was actually in for, and while that definitely added some mystery and excitement to the race, I think a little preparation would have been beneficial. 

I decided to start my Summer Roundup/Ascent training off with a bang and hiked Missouri Mountain, Mt. Oxford, and Mt. Belford today. I have a feeling I'm going to pay tomorrow, but it was totally worth it. It was incredibly peaceful up there, and a nice, long workout. After the Garden (never have I seen so many well-defined calves in one place - props to you, fellow runners), I realized I really need to work on my uphill running. That's going to be my main focus, so come the Roundup you will all be ogling my calves like I was yours. 

On my way home, I stopped for some sushi and sake with my mom, both of which she assures me are crucial for any good training plan. 

Technology is awesome - I figured out how to take a panorama on my phone!!

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Comment by Katie Benzel on June 13, 2012 at 9:17am

We did Belford and Oxford last summer. Loved it, but it was a long day. Adding Missouri on top of that is awesome. You're definitely going to be ready for the Ascent with all this time spent above treeline. :)

Comment by Bill Beagle on June 13, 2012 at 8:41am

I saw you fussing with your shoes a couple of times, thought it was a lace problem. No doubt running the GOG course 3 times prior really helped me as you do know what you're in for. That Missouri Gulch is one of my all time favorite hikes…peaceful AND beautiful, absolutely gorgeous. Good for you Phoebe! I did Missouri one year then went back for the Belford-Oxford double…so you must be up to 15 now…great! And to do it the day after that 10-mile race! You rock!

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