Finally I'm nearing the end of this training block. There are good weeks and bad weeks, and at the start of this past week things weren't looking great. Despite a good run at the Herring Run, I had 3 great days of training following the race and bang on the 3rd run of the 3rd day I felt some pretty serious tightness in my right lower leg. I woke up Thursday not feeling great and that didn't give me much confidence going into my last long run, the 50k race at Brookvale that was happening on Sunday. I decided to give up some miles in favour of rest and took Thursday and Saturday completely off from running and only did a short run on Friday. I could feel the tightness in every step right up until Saturday night, then magically Sunday morning, the day of the race, the issue seemed gone. I didn't take any chances and started the race at a casual pace, but by the time I got to 15k I had ramped up to a good solid race pace. I ended up running loop 1 in 2:03, and loop 2 in 2:09, leaving me nearly 2 minutes shy of the course record and very surprised that my fitness was right where it should be. I was faltering towards the end as I felt the cramps coming on, but still felt it was a great confidence building run as I enter my full taper mode and get ready for Eastern States 100.