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Jan 2012 - Happy New Year! (Read 299 times)


Cat in a Pot

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, FELLOW TRAIL RUNNING FREEKS.

     

    To celebrate, I just signed up for the Mt. Hood 50-Miler.

     

    May 2012 bring you success and happiness in your goals.

    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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    Fatozzig's Place

      Happy New Year!  Hoping 2012 is a great one for everyone... full of winding trails and fun. 

        Happy New Year!

         

        First run of the year was a 10k trail run at midday--in prep for a race on Saturday.

        John


        Blaine Moore (MM#2867)

          Happy new year! I ended 2011 with a faceplant on icy trails and haven't gotten back out to them since. But, I ran the Boston Marathon course yesterday so that was still fun. Planning to run the GAC Fat Ass 50k next Saturday. 

          Run to Win
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          Cat in a Pot

            Happy new year! I ended 2011 with a faceplant on icy trails . . .

             

            Well, that's quite the way to end the year!  Have fun at your FatAss next weekend.

             

            And good luck at your race, too, John. 

            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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              Today's race went really well.  The past two years I've finished just over an hour, so my main goal was to break the hour barrier.  Looking at my recent races and workouts, 55 minutes seemed to be doable so I made that a secondary goal.

               

              Unlike the past two years, I arrived in time to get in a little bit of warm-up, mainly walking and slow running for about a mile.  Also the weather was much more ideal this year with temps in the mid 40s.  I wore gloves cause the air was nippy on bare hands but stripped to shorts and t-shirt.

               

              Started faster than expected between 8:00 and 8:30 / mile pace and tried to hold back not caring who passed me--knowing that I'd probably be passing them back some time before the finish.  The first mile is on a sandy firebreak road followed by four miles of mostly single track sandy with pine straw trail and then finishing with a mile on the firebreak road.

               

              I managed to find a good pace around 9:00 / mile once the "fast" start was over and tried to maintain effort level--faster on the downhills and slower on the uphills.  Started passing other runners once we hit the single track.  The gap between me and the next fastest runner was sometimes thirty seconds or more, but I managed to keep someone in sight for most of the race and would try to reel them in and pass them.

               

              I only got passed once in the last half by a fellow runner who normally races this route in 55 minutes.  I let him pull me along for the last mile and a half. At the final turn, I saw the clock was at 54:50 and managed to find some speed and sprint in for a 54:56 finishing time.

               

              I'm very happy with that time and how I felt.  Almost six minutes faster than last year!  A lot more runners showed up this year, particularly in my age group so there was no placing this year (unlike last year's surprise third place in age group).  But I'll take the faster time over my place.

              John


              Cat in a Pot

                Congratulations, John!  Way to go on beating your own goal for the day. Smile

                 

                I'm getting back into the groove.  Did 14 miles on the Elk River Trail in the Headwaters Forest Reserve this morning.  There's a really nice approximately .5 mile loop at the top that I did numerous times.  I always have the place to myself, which makes it even better.  Finished in 3:20 for a 14:20 overall pace.  Tomorrow it'll be 8 on the basically flat McKay Tract.

                 

                Anybody else running trails these days?

                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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                  Congratulations, John!  Way to go on beating your own goal for the day. Smile

                   

                  I'm getting back into the groove.  Did 14 miles on the Elk River Trail in the Headwaters Forest Reserve this morning.  There's a really nice approximately .5 mile loop at the top that I did numerous times.  I always have the place to myself, which makes it even better.  Finished in 3:20 for a 14:20 overall pace.  Tomorrow it'll be 8 on the basically flat McKay Tract.

                   

                  Anybody else running trails these days?

                   

                  +1 on the congratulations!  I'm doing a trail race next weekend with no idea what time I'd like to finish in.  I'm supposed to be doing an 6 mile recovery that day according to plan...same thing, right?

                   

                  Pretty excited for one called the "Frosty 14" next month. 

                   

                  Haven't really hit the trails since before the first of the year--maybe I should do that for part of my long run today...

                  "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

                    Good luck with the race next weekend, RG.

                     

                    8 sort of lead-legged miles out on the  McKay Tract this morning.  Felt like I had to walk too much, but I got the miles done.  Now it's housework and laundry.  Exciting!

                    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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                    Fatozzig's Place

                      Yo. Tomorrow I begin training for the Poconon Mtn. Marathon. Goal of 4:00. Month later is the Laurel Highlands 70 miler, point to point old race through national forests.
                      "Run slowly, run daily, drink in moderation, and don't eat like a pig" Dr. Ernst Van Aaken. Sorry ultrasteve.
                        Yo. Tomorrow I begin training for the Poconon Mtn. Marathon. Goal of 4:00. Month later is the Laurel Highlands 70 miler, point to point old race through national forests.

                         

                         

                        Laurel is one of my favorites! Finished twice, including last year.   Visually stunning is the no less than 30 miles with ferns as far as the eye can see.

                         

                        Good luck with your Pocono and Laurel Highlands!


                        Cat in a Pot

                          Good luck with the training, Buddo.  Been layin' off the booze?

                           

                          Hi, Roots.

                           

                          18 miles today out at Headwaters.  Had the place to myself except for the last approx. 2.5 miles.  Once I got to the top, I did 9 loops before heading back down the 2 miles then up again, then back down and out.  There was a nice large more than ankle deep puddle of almost crystal clear water I had to traverse on each loop, plus about .10 of a sucking mud spot I went through on each climb and descent.  Almost lost my shoe the second time down.  Needless to say, I gave my new Drymax sock a run for their money.  Although my feet were pretty cold from going through the puddle over and over, never got a blister.  Nice!

                           

                          Lots of flooding in the pastures around here.  Thankfully, the rain stopped about 15 minutes before I headed out and pretty much stayed away for most of the run, except for the occasional light shower.  Gotta get up bright and early tomorrow as the weather peeps are predicting high winds and lots of rain again starting tomorrow late morning/early afternoon.

                           

                          Later -

                          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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                          Imminent Catastrophe

                            Sounds like you're back, fatozzig! I'm glad you had a nice run. And I agree on Drymax, I've been trying them out lately with good results.

                            "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


                            Cat in a Pot

                              I'm back and am working on building endurance again.  I am SO happy I forced myself through all those pool runs, stationary bike sessions, and strength training for the six months I was down.  It would definitely be a lot harder.

                               

                              Today was 9 lead-legged miles out on the McKay Tract.  Had the place to myself until the last 1 mile or so.  Lots of wind and a few puddles to wade through.  Not bad, except the legs had basically nothing.  Too much walking involved, so I'm thinking I need to work harder on my recovery eating.

                               

                              Speaking of eating, I'm starving.  Time to dig through the frig . . . .

                              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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                              Trail Runner Nation

                              Fatozzig's Place

                                Yo! Nah, but I'm trying. Gonna quit completely during the marathon training. Sounds like you're motivated.
                                "Run slowly, run daily, drink in moderation, and don't eat like a pig" Dr. Ernst Van Aaken. Sorry ultrasteve.
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