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May Trail Running Madness (Read 260 times)


Cat in a Pot

    Boy, this forum has really slowed down this past year.  Did everybody move over to the Ultra forum or just move away from trail running?

     

    I've been gearing up for the Western States 3-Day training camp over Memorial Day Weekend.  70 miles in 3 days.  Should be interesting.  Those miles are to help prepare me for my second ever 50-miler up at Mt. Hood.  I'm excited about both.  My friend, Kate, will be running Mt. Hood with me, and she gave me the wonderful gift of 4 months of coaching from her coach.  I started with him right after the Grizzly Peak disaster in April and have really been enjoying the change of training.

     

    Anyway - That's all the big news on this front.  Anybody else out there???

    Leslie
    Living and Running Behind the Redwood Curtain
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    2014: May - MDW 70-Miles (w/Trail Factor 50k) - Cascade Crest, WA/Astoria, OR/Portland, OR

    June 7 - Grasshopper Peak Redwoods Run 30k - Humboldt Redwoods State Park, CA

    July 12 - Mt. Hood 50 - Mt. Hood, OR

    Oct 11 - Firetrails 50 - Lake Chabot, CA


    "The farther you go outside, the farther you go inside." (Unknown)
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      Well I'm not in your league, Leslie, but I ran a 5K trail race on May 6, getting a 3rd in AG ribbon. It was challenging (for me anyway) and loads of fun. The race was the first in a series, with the next being a 10K in July.

      Use your momentum...keep going.  You know you can make it.


      Cat in a Pot

        Congratulations!  Trail miles, at any distance, are wonderful.  And I'm not that great of a trail runner.  Definitely, solidly at the middle-back or totally back of the pack.   And the only award I've ever won was for being DFL at the American River 50 miler in 2010.  I got a full box of Clif  Mountain Mix bars and a really nice Patagonia pack.  First - and only - time I've ever gotten anything for being last.  It was great!

         

        Have fun with your race series this summer.  Wish we had something like that around here.  Unfortunately, not many folks in my area do trail running and participate in trail running events, which is unfortunate because we live in the perfect place to train.  I have a friend I train with, and we generally have to travel a minimum of 4 hours (usually 6+) to get to any event.

        Leslie
        Living and Running Behind the Redwood Curtain
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        2014: May - MDW 70-Miles (w/Trail Factor 50k) - Cascade Crest, WA/Astoria, OR/Portland, OR

        June 7 - Grasshopper Peak Redwoods Run 30k - Humboldt Redwoods State Park, CA

        July 12 - Mt. Hood 50 - Mt. Hood, OR

        Oct 11 - Firetrails 50 - Lake Chabot, CA


        "The farther you go outside, the farther you go inside." (Unknown)
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        Imminent Catastrophe

          Yeah, I think a lot of the action is over on the Ultra Group. I just ran the Ice Age 50 Mile and my next trail run is Tahoe Rim Trail 50 in July, which should be tough. Beyond that I don't know. Maybe the Tahoe Rim Trail training runs in June, 20 and 32 miles. GLad to know you're all recovered from your injury fatozzig!

          "Able to function despite imminent catastrophe"

           "To obtain the air that angels breathe you must come to Tahoe"--Mark Twain

          "The most common question from potential entrants is 'I do not know if I can do this' to which I usually answer, 'that's the whole point'.--Paul Charteris, Tarawera Ultramarathon RD.

           

          √ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013

          Boston Marathon 21 April 2014

          Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 19/20 July 2014

            I just haven't been in the forums much lately.  I ran a couple of trail races (an 8k and 10k) in April.  I try to run a trail at least every other week, but usually am not able to.

             

            Will run at least one trail 5k in August and might do another.  Hope to build up to a trail half in December--it's basically two laps of the 10k course I did in April.  I'm just not sure if my feet are ready for that distance on that trail--which has lots of little rocks and plenty of roots.

            John


            under a rock

              I've been recovering from my calf strain for so long that I've had nothing to talk about. I'll be doing my first 3 mile run this week. I hope. It's been a frustrating 10 months of letting it heal, then it tore again, then letting it heal, and hopefully it will stay healed this time. I'm being much more cautious this time with building miles. I started with a 5 minute run and built up my runs a minute at a time at first with no back to back runs. Now I'm adding by 0.1-0.2 mile at most when I add and do one set of back to back runs a week. I'm just thrilled to have the ability to run any miles. If I am stuck running 3 miles for the next year I won't complain. I'm just happy to be able to run.

               Goals: 1)Get my IT Band to cooperate 2) Run lots of trails. 3) Get my back to cooperate.

                I've been on trails a good amount, despite having done a (road) marathon this month.  Did a 10K trail race, plus trail runs at two other state parks.

                 

                Signing up for the trail series in one of my semi-local clubs this year.  Doing a 50 mile ultra on June 30th.  Think I have a five mile trail race second week of June, too. I have been really lax on the forums in general...as the madness of the ending of the school year weighs on me, I've been avoiding the internet.

                 

                On the plus side, I only have five more days with my students before the summer starts.

                "When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical. Is it raining? That doesn't matter. Am I tired? That doesn't matter, either. Then willpower will be no problem." 
                Emil Zatopek


                Cat in a Pot

                  Fraggle - I was wondering where you'd been.  Hope the calf holds up.  Soft tissue injuries take so long to heal!

                   

                  RGilbert - You'll like trails more than roads - - IMHO.

                   

                  Fesser - Good luck with the run in July.  That one definitely looks hard.

                   

                  Getting geared up for the WS training camp this coming weekend.  Here's the weather report.  Ugh!

                   

                  ... Cooler and unsettled weather late this week...

                  A cold late-season weather system will drop southward through
                  northern California on Friday before moving east on Saturday.
                  Showers and a few thunderstorms are expected to spread southward
                  through the region early Friday and begin to taper
                  off late Friday... however lingering showers along the Sierra are expected into
                  Saturday. Locally gusty winds with brief heavy showers are
                  possible during thunderstorm development. Light to several inches
                  of snowfall could accumulate along the higher elevations of the
                  northern Sierra crest... generally above 5000 to 6000 feet. The system
                  will also bring much cooler temperatures that measure about 10 to
                  20 degrees below normal. Campers... hikers and other outdoor
                  enthusiasts are advised to be prepared for this dramatic change in
                  the weather for the northern Sierra.

                  Leslie
                  Living and Running Behind the Redwood Curtain
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                  2014: May - MDW 70-Miles (w/Trail Factor 50k) - Cascade Crest, WA/Astoria, OR/Portland, OR

                  June 7 - Grasshopper Peak Redwoods Run 30k - Humboldt Redwoods State Park, CA

                  July 12 - Mt. Hood 50 - Mt. Hood, OR

                  Oct 11 - Firetrails 50 - Lake Chabot, CA


                  "The farther you go outside, the farther you go inside." (Unknown)
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                    RGilbert - You'll like trails more than roads - - IMHO.

                     

                    Absolutely.  I am entirely and completely a trail runner at heart.  The roads are just for convenience.  I'm not planning anything serious on roads for the next year.  I may drop-in to a road race here and there that the club puts on, but that's all.

                    "When a person trains once, nothing happens. When a person forces himself to do a thing a hundred or a thousand times, then he certainly has developed in more ways than physical. Is it raining? That doesn't matter. Am I tired? That doesn't matter, either. Then willpower will be no problem." 
                    Emil Zatopek

                       

                       

                      Getting geared up for the WS training camp this coming weekend.

                       

                       

                      How was the training camp?


                      Cat in a Pot

                        Steve - The camp was great!  I did better than I ever could have anticipated and am more than ready to go back next year.

                         

                        Day 1 (32 miles) - LOTS of climbing with quite a bit of snow at the start .  It's the hardest day, acquaints the folks running the actual race with the canyons, and is always a sellout.  The first climb is a doozy - and 2,030 steps to the top, give or take a few steps (MTA: First  climb out of the canyon after crossing the swinging bridge).  Counting was the only way I could get myself to keep moving.  I'd make myself walk 50-100 steps (i.e., a step being each time I put my left foot down) before I could take a break.  I think it took me about an hour to make it up the first climb.  The second climb up to Michigan Bluff "isn't as hard," but you're so tired from the first one, it sucks, too.  About 5 min before that aid station (which was also the last and 7 miles from the finish), it started pouring down rain and hail and got really cold.  I wasn't prepared for that type of weather and started shivering as I waited for it (hopefully) subside.  After a few minutes, Andy Jones-Wilkins pulled up in his car and said he had room to give 3 of us a ride, so I called it a day and jumped in.  Suffered a bit of hypothermia once I got back to Forest Hill, but the massage folks helped me get warmed up with blankets and their friend's car with the heater blasting.

                         

                        Days 2 and 3 (18 and 22 miles, respectively) - Perfect weather.  Hard to believe we had the rain and hail the day before.  I ran with my friend, Kate, off and on Day 2 and all of Day 3.  She's going to run with me at the PCT Mt. Hood 50-Miler in July, so it was nice to get acquainted with each others' running style, etc.  She's a stronger runner than I am, but I am very pleased that on the 3rd day I had no trouble keeping up with her and even had better legs than she did on the 1+-mile decent at the start.

                         

                        I really had a lot of fun and discovered I am a much stronger runner than I give myself credit for.  Great aid stations, great aid station workers, beautiful country, only $30 a day - couldn't ask for better.  I'll definitely go back.

                        Leslie
                        Living and Running Behind the Redwood Curtain
                        -------------

                        2014: May - MDW 70-Miles (w/Trail Factor 50k) - Cascade Crest, WA/Astoria, OR/Portland, OR

                        June 7 - Grasshopper Peak Redwoods Run 30k - Humboldt Redwoods State Park, CA

                        July 12 - Mt. Hood 50 - Mt. Hood, OR

                        Oct 11 - Firetrails 50 - Lake Chabot, CA


                        "The farther you go outside, the farther you go inside." (Unknown)
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                        Trail Runner Nation

                        Fatozzig's Place


                        Imminent Catastrophe

                          Sounds like a great time Leslie, maybe I'll do that next year. If I'm REALLY lucky I'll be preparing for the real thing.

                          "Able to function despite imminent catastrophe"

                           "To obtain the air that angels breathe you must come to Tahoe"--Mark Twain

                          "The most common question from potential entrants is 'I do not know if I can do this' to which I usually answer, 'that's the whole point'.--Paul Charteris, Tarawera Ultramarathon RD.

                           

                          √ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013

                          Boston Marathon 21 April 2014

                          Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 19/20 July 2014

                            Thanks for sharing Leslie.  I've thought about some of the multiday races but the training camp sounds like more fun.

                              I've been attending to life more with my 5 kids and wife, and my 100 year old house and haven't been as obsessed with training, so I haven't been dropping by much, for which I apologize to my psuedo, internet friends.

                              "Run slowly, run daily, drink in moderation, and don't eat like a pig" Dr. Ernst Van Aaken. Sorry ultrasteve.