On the road back
Kicked my week off with a easy 3.1 miles. Temps and humidity were both down a bit, and that helped.
I have a love/hate relationship with running. I do it, but sometimes I love to hate it.
PDR and I are both sore. She ran, but I figured a day off every three weeks is fine
All I have is pictures:
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And that second picture is AWESOME!
It is a picture of togetherness and health and enthusiasm. We should all be so lucky.
First picture -- right, Dave? Second picture just shows why our quads are sore. Actually PDR fell down a few times (she says she's clumsy, but is a good sport), and she's sore from that, too. I fell down once (drew blood, but just a scratch really), but had many close calls.
But this is nothing to you folks who run trails all the time. Just new to us.
Yes. First picture (I thought about arguing that I was counting the smiley as the first picture but thought better of it).
MTA: Awesome news, Bugs. 2nd place and Best Team Spirit. Did they have separate awards for Best Spirit (DRUNK) and Best Spirit (SOBER)?
NICE Race Erika! You are so strong on hills!!!!
Yay Bugs on the successful relay! I hope you post a link to your RR (Relay Report) here so we can find it easily. Yes, I'm lazy.
HERE IS REPORT
Report in P2R!
-off to meeting,
Nice relay race Bugs! It's hard to get much if any sleep on those things.
Great picture Lou!
Made the drive back from Colorado Springs today. My splits are below. Some kind of fun and for sure an experience. It starts in Manitou Springs with the first mile winding through town on streets to the Barr trail head. At the base it is groomed dirt and wide, not many rocks. As you progress it become single track and the rocks start to take over. It was warm this year with the temp in the 60's. Running uphill you keep moving towards cooler air and more wind. After mile 7 the trail gets technical. You start having to step up in some sections. After the treeline it becomes a moonscape of switchbacks. The air is so clear and it looks like you never stop climbing. It was two-way traffic now with those going back down having the right of way so I had stop several times and lean against rock to stay out of the way. My slowest mile was 11- 12 which took just over 40-minutes. The hardest portion was the 16 golden stairs (switchbacks) between mile 12 and 13. It's mostly climbing and gasping. I was holding good through mile 9 and thought I had a 4-hour ascent in the bag. Then it just kept getting steeper. Between miles 9 - 10 was when Matt Carpenter came flying down the hill. He finished in 3:51. Going up miles 10 - 13 was all kinds of jacked up. I got back spasms and leg cramps. I learned that the only way it really worked to breathe was to take one long deep breath as deep as you could pull it in. short breathing just made me dizzy and nausious. I couldn't keep much form with my legs and the step ups really took it out of me. I don't know what brought the muscle problems on. I was constantly drinking water and taking e-caps every 45 minutes. The desecent was much stronger for me and I was able to move up several places. Going down hill made breathing easier even above 12,000 ft. The Montrail Hardrock trail shoes I was wearing gave me blisters again but the protection in the shank and toebox was worth it. I was able to land hard on the set, pointed rock and didn't jam my toes when I kicked a few of them during the run. Many who were wearing their road shoes had to slow down or walk going back because it was too painful on their feet and toes. I was very happy not to fall. I had some hard stumbles and some toe busters but no falls and yes I did see some impressive falling going on. Some gashed heads, rashed up hands and lots of knees being cleaned out in the med tent at the end. Hope to get some pictures posted later.
5:12:33 2:42:17 7:54:50
Determination: The feeling you get right before you try something incredibly stupid.
Nice relay, and that's one heck of a marathon.
Wow is right. I almost can't fathom that kind of hill climbing effort, P2R. Quite an achievement.
I opted for a bike ride with my wife last night instead of a run. Almost an hour with a few hills thrown in. Helped a guy push a van out of the road a hundred yards or so and felt like I got in my interval training. I was seriously winded after that.
Nice evening though.
5 recovery paced miles this morning, on legs with sore quads (9:18/mi). I upgraded sporttracks and their weather plug-in, so now I get these kind of stats: Min./Max.: 62.8 °F/63.0 °F; Pressure: 1013.2 mbar; Humidity: 89.1%; Wind Speed: 0.6 mph; Precipitation: 0.0mm/h. All that's missing to easily cut/paste is the dew point (was 60°). I'll send the guy a suggestion and I bet it'll be added soon.
And after with DD and DS1.
I felt 15 years older.