Did the 7.1 mile loop in the woods out back at a moderate pace. Pretty hard to push the pace with all the mud and large puddles from all the rain we've gotten lately, and I told myself to slow down on the fire road sections where you can go faster, just to keep things at a moderately slow level. Tomorrow will be shorter and slower, with the goal of keeping the heart rate in the 130s for recovery.
The deer flies have been out the past few weeks, but their numbers are low and their attacks are slow. They haven't really been much of a nuisance at all. It's been really nice. Normally by now, they are out in full force and quite relentless. Not the case so far. No doubt this has been because of cooler weather this month and lots of rainfall. I'm musing that without the sun and warmer temperatures their metabolisms are low. Regardless, I don't miss their company.
Worth noting I slowed down to talk to a couple of horseback riders on the second fireroad section. They knew of the VT100 (100-mile horse race also accompanies the ultra) and had visited it before to spectate. I got the impression that's a huge event for the horse crowd also. Cool.
Ran 7.1 miles @ 9:39/mile pace.
AHR/MHR - 148/166
Technical, muddy trails and fire roads.
70 degrees, partly cloudy turning overcast.
Shorts, short sleeved shirt, cap.