Friday, May 24, 2013

Running and More Running

May 5 - May 19

These last two week I have really been trying to ramp up my training before I have to taper for Shadow of the Giants.  It has been more of a struggle than I would have liked, but I think its going well.

Sunday: Traveled all day back from the weekend in the Siskyous, got home late.

Monday: No run, woke up late, and just went to work.

Tuesday: am 16 mi. + 6,000 ft. Ran with Peter and Chris, tagged Mt. Lowe and Gabriel. I had to turn around early to make it to work on time.
 pm 4x1600m repeats: After a little confusion of weather I had to pay to run on a local track I was able to put in some faster miles, but overall I just felt tired.

Wednesday: Worked, and went to the climbing gym in the afternoon.

Thursday: 7 mi +2,500 ft. I put in a sustained effort from my house up to Echo Mountain and back for a total of around 55 mins.

Friday: 21 mi + 8,000 ft. Ran the Three Peaks (Baldy, Thunder, and Timber?) with Dom and Chris.  I was feeling extra tired.  Nonetheless a fun day in the mountains. (Sorry, no pics.  I forgot to charge my camera) 

Saturday: 5mi + 1,000 ft. Hot and tired.

Sunday: 17mi + 4,000 ft. I took it a little easier, but still got some good turn over on some more mellow trails; trying to prepare for Shadow of the Giants.

Monday: 13mi + 4,000 ft.  Mike and I tagged Mt Lowe for a nice recovery run.

Tuesday: 5x1600m. I felt good and well rested for some quality fast miles. 

Wednesday: 7mi +2,500 ft.  From the house to Echo. I didn't feel extra fast, but I did it a whole minute faster than the week before.

Thursday: am 12mi +3,500 ft. Muir Peak with Peter.  Then I ran to work (4mi)
  pm 4mi ran home from work.

Friday: 21mi + 4,000 ft. A flatter long run with Dom in the Santa Monica Mountains.  Warm and Humid 

Dom Scrambling( couldn't get the sweat off the camera lens)

Saturday: 9 mi with Jess up Mt Wilson trail.  We had a blast, and she was flying as you can see.

After our run my mom came over to the house to help build our new garden!

Sunday: am- 12 mi +3,500 ft. Ran to Muir Peak.
pm- 4mi. Ran home from work, Felt zonked.

Self Portrait, running down from Muir
2 week total: 148 mi + 37,500 ft.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Leona Divide Race Report.

Note: I changed the name of my blog to something I liked better (thanks to Paper Bird).  I hope you like it too.

Leona Divide 50K

As we lined up on the starting line I eagerly said hi to the few familiar faces I saw.  I was excited to run my first ultra, and I wanted to run it fast! When we started, the 50 mile guys took off and it felt good to trail right behind them.  Jeremy Humphrey was staying with me, and told me to make sure I stayed comfortable.  I heard him, but I don't know if I totally listened.  After the 1st aid station I let some of the faster guys take off, and Jeremy once again reminded me that we still had three hours of running ahead of us and to not push it too hard.  "Dully, noted." I thought as I watched him run ahead of me.

We climbed a little longer to meet the PCT. It felt good to finally get onto some single track, and to open up on the down hill.  The descent felt good, and all was well until I stepped funny coming into the next aid station and the first twinge of a cramp shot up my right ham string.  

It was great to see Jess at the aid station, and as I was about to take off I saw Yassin Diboun pulled in.  He was a welcomed sight.  I was excited to have some company up the next climb.  We took off together, talking about how fast the 50 mile guys took off.  Just as I felt I was getting into a good groove my right hammy froze up, and I had to let Yassin go.  This was the story of the rest of the race.  My legs blew up with cramps as I hiked up to the turn around.  There were a few moments that I thought about dropping as my calves, quads, and hammies cramped simultaneously, stopping me in my tracks.  I decided to keep shuffling until I couldn't any more, and so I slowly made it to the turn around, shuffled back down, and on through the rest of the race.  It was indeed a frustrating time, as I went from second ultimately to seventh and finished in a time of 4:49.

Although I had wished to do better, it was a good learning experience for my first 50k.  I concluded that I just went out too fast, and by mile 16 my legs had had enough.  That being said I am going to change my training around with more high intensity workouts thrown in (thanks for the advice Yassin).  My next race is Shadow of Giants 50K June 8th, and so I have a few weeks to beat up my legs. 

The week after the race I was able to meet some good friends in Northern California at the family ranch and spend time running around the Siskyous. 

Trent and Jeanne on top of Pilot Rock

Pilot Rock Scrambling
It was great to take a step back for the weekend, and just enjoy running and being outside with Jess, Trent, and Jeanne.