Sunday, March 24, 2013

Thinking about Eating: 3/17/13-3/23/13

Ever so often I begin to really examine my diet.  In college I took a couple of nutrition classes, had a room mate and good friend who was majoring in Nutrition, and read a handful of books on the subject.  So, you would think that I would have it all down pat with my eating habits, but I don't.  I have found that if I don't read one book a year on the subject I begin to fade away from paying much attention to what types of things I am consuming.  It happens slowly.  First, my salad portions start to get smaller, then I don't put any veggies in my lunch, and as the gradual slope continues before I know it I am regularly eating pizza and burgers and the veggies that we still unconsciously buy at the store sit and rot in the fridge.  This week I saw that I was beginning to head down that slope, and thus it was time to read another book!   I picked up a copy of Scott Jurek's Eat and Run and a bottle of Udo's oil, and got to work.  So far the book has been a very good read and has had great recipes along the way.  I will let you know how it all turns out.

 Pushed the uphill run from Lower Sam Merrel to Inspiration Point via Castle Canyon.  Chris Price told me he timed himself up that route a few weeks ago, and so I thought I would give it a go.  It took me 47:49 although I found later that Chris and I started our watches at different places.  Nonetheless, I really want to knock it out in 45 minutes.  We'll see.

I put in 2 laps on lower Steep and Cheap/ Sam Merrill(SM).  I am trying to work on my down hill speed....without tripping.

I was feeling a little sluggish, so I took it easy with a route up lower SM and down the Sunset Ridge trail.  I decided to enjoy the run and so I goofed around a bit and snapped some self portraits.

I headed out for a run in the morning only to realize that I hadn't eaten anything for breakfast.  The sluggishness was still lingering from the day before, so I ran back home for a shorter ten miles and went to meet Jess for lunch.  Totally worth it! She got a new pair of New Balance WT110's and thus when she got off work we went on a beautiful run up to Echo Mountain.  The day turned out great!

Woke up with a sore throat,  got to work 2 hours too early (wrong shift), didn't run...not my best day.

Ran up Echo Mountain in the morning followed by a run to work.  Its amazing how much better I feel when I run a cold away.

I received an email earlier in the week from Mr. Unicorn directing a Zeke Tiernan to me seeing if I would show him some cool trails in  the San Gabirels during the weekend.  I was more than excited to have some company for a Saturday run since everyone else was running Old Goats 50 miler.  We met at the Sam Merrill trail head at 7:00 and ventured out to see if I could show him the beauty of the front range.  After dodging the hoards of people on lower Sam Merrill we climbed up to tag Mt. Lowe and Mt San Gabriel.  Zeke was a blast to run with.  His mellow demeanor made him easy to talk to as the beautiful scenery of my local stomping grounds passed by.   I am always amazed at the connections that  I make through the mountain running community.  Thanks for a great day Zeke!

Saturday with Zeke.  Mt. Markham and San Gabriel (from right to left) in the background

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Taking a Step Back (3/3/13-3/16/13)

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of adventure.  Coming off of a few higher mileage weeks I have slowly taken a step back in my running to allow my body to stay injury free (there is no running with an injured body). Thus, the week of 3/3/13 - 3/9/13 I ran in the mid 50 mile rage for the week, and this last week somewhere in the upper 30's.  Normally, this is a struggle for me to step back, but this last week I had so many other options of things to do that I was not tempted to run more than my body needed.

Two weeks ago we had the privilege of dog sitting for my brother in law, and so I had the company of Brooklyn on a few of my runs that week.  Wednesday we ran from the house up to Mt Lowe and back. She was quite the trooper. Aprox: 16 miles, 4,000 ft of elevation gain.

 On Friday Dominic, Peter, and I (with a late cameo by Chris) ran up Mt. Wilson.  The snow was fresh and fluffy, and Dom (aka Mr. Unicorn) and I kept up the pace to make it a solid 25 miles with 6,600 feet of gain.  It was a great day out in the mountains!

I took Saturday off because my knee was feeling a bit stiff, and Sunday I rode the bike up Mt Lowe Rd. Monday morning I ran up Castle Canyon, and could not help but to go for a little off trail adventure that included some 3rd and 4th class scrambling.  The route would have been perfect had there not been thick bush-wacking to top out on brier ridge.   I don't know if its really worth going back.
note the bandaged toe.

Tuesday I went climbing with Jess at the Riverside Quarry.  We got in one route before I split my toe open on a rock.  Lame! Wednesday I went out to do a bit of spring skiing with my sister.  The weather was warm, but Mt. Baldy was empty, so we got in as many runs as we wanted.  When I got home I put in one lap on lower steep and cheap to lower Sam Merrel and then back home. 

Thursday I went out climbing at Tunnel Crags with Mike.  It was my first time there, and we had a blast.  I hope to be heading back up there soon! I then went on an evening run up Steep and Cheap and connected the ridge to Inspiration Point and down Castle Canyon.  It felt nice to start getting a solid rhythm in my technical running that I felt I had been missing for a while.

Friday I ran up to Echo Mountain for a quick outing before work.

Saturday I did some cross training in the morning and ran up the Sunset ridge trail after work with Jess.

Over all, I feel rejuvenated after these last two weeks, and I am ready to jump back in to training to get ready for Leona Divide .  I have learned to really listen to my body when it comes to training, and it was good for me to take a step back from running and enjoy other hobbies in the mountains.   I look forward to putting in some bigger mileage weeks in the next month so I can give my all in the next race.


- Erik 

P.S. In future posts I will be more precise with my mileage and elevation, my watch recently broke and I am awaiting a new one in the mail.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Mountains are Calling

Welcome to my new blog.  For those who are interested, I intend this blog to be a way for friends and family (or anyone else who is interested) to follow my mountainous pursuits.  This includes my training for mountain running and racing as well as climbing and whatever else takes me into beautiful alpine settings.  I hope to be able to bring more of you along on my journeys through my words and pictures and I hope you who are reading this will find it as enjoyable as I find my adventures to be.  I will try my best to update it once a week so to keep you in the loop on my happenings and as encouragement for you to also answer to the calling of the mountains.


-Erik Schulte