Monday, June 25, 2012

June 03 - June 23

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June 03 - June 09
Weekly Totals, Time: 7:46:49 Distance: 41.07 mi. Vertical: 10,026 ft.
Weekly Averages, Time: 1:17:48 Distance: 6.85 mi. Vertical: 1,671 ft

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June 10 - June 16 (June Gloom, this week. Only 2 runs)
Weekly Totals, Time: 5:26:06 Distance: 30.57 mi. Vertical: 8,384 ft.
Weekly Averages, Time: 2:43:03 Distance: 15.29 mi. Vertical: 4,192 ft.
Wilderness Peak Loop
Long Run. 4,900 ft. of Gain. 14.36 miles; 2:47:31. Thank you, Cougar Mountain. Wilderness Peak is where the heart is, for me. 5k(+) Loop X 4. Elevation profile looks like a 1st graders drawing of the rocky mountains.Lap 4 was tough. First two summits sub-23; third sub-24; fourth; barely under 26 min., ha! All four descents felt smooth and controlled.
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June 17 - June 23
Weekly Totals, Time: 8:58:28 Distance: 38.52 mi. Vertical: 11,577 ft. (includes, Mt Rainier hike)
Weekly Averages, Time: 1:29:37 Distance: 8.63 mi. Vertical: 2,144 ft. (run-only)

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The past three weeks have been right on target with improving my average run time. June 10 - June 16, I caved into Seattle's "June Gloom" and took four days off. Oh, well. Looking into the future: In August, I'll be running the GORE-TEX TransRockies Run and need to improve my daily run time to be able to easily handle 3 hours of running 6 days in a row. The race itself is pretty amazing, in my opinion: Six days, 120 miles, and 20,000 ft. of vertical, everything is between 8,000 ft. - 12,500 ft. Above Sea Level. Wow, just thinking about this opportunity has me excited. The race route traverses north from Buena Vista, CO to Beaver Creek, CO. The six day race, is a team so my good friend Eric S. and I will be completing the journey together. The ups, the downs, all together.

As for training, like I said, I'm working on increasing my average runs. Not focusing too much on speed, but the more I run the faster I'm getting. The I-90 corridor trails are opening, so I've fixed my car to commute out into the hills and the Seattle summer weather is beginning to peak. Photos will begin to trickle back into the blog. However, if you want to see the most recent and update info check out the Facebook Page

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

May 13 - June 02

May 27 - June 02
Weekly Totals, Time: 5:14:45 Distance: 28.52 mi. Vertical: 7,729 ft. (good mi. to vert. ratio)
Weekly Averages, Time: 1:18:41 Distance: 7.13 mi. Vertical: 1,932 ft.

This is how I test packs.
I had a nagging cold this week, so I decided that taking Thursday and Friday off would be in my best interest. Woke up Saturday and can honestly say i felt 100% better. I wasn't, I'm still not, over the chest cold, but it's manageable. Low mileage week, but lots of climbing. More importantly, my average run time has been increasing. I've got a few events coming up that are going to require I much longer sustained in, consistency over at least 6 days. More to come on that. I've been toying around in the mountains a lot lately and I really feel refreshed. My legs are responding really well to training, and mentally everything is starting to fall into place. I need to update the blog a lot more frequently...and with pictures. Not just because people want to read it, but it's my training log and the best way to understand yourself is to log everything, and analyze at the end of each season. The more details, the better. It's not hard. It just takes some discipline. As runners I think we're somewhat predisposed to scheduling things. Yes, we all have different ways we train. For instance, I have a loose idea of what I need to accomplish each week, but no real set time frame. I wake up, judge how I feel, think back to what I've done in the past two days and make a decision on what to do that day. If I don't get everything in, no problem. I used to hold grudges, but over-training is detrimental to lifelong training. When you over-train, physiologically and psychologically running becomes a burden. I'm not advocating showing up to every event out of shape, but becoming too strict in training can be for worse. I think my advice would be, if you don't feel confident in your ability to perform bag the event. Maybe you lost some dough, but you were honest to yourself as an athlete. Look back over your training log, see where you fucked up and correct it. Don't kid yourself about where you're not, and who you're not. You see 'em all the time at events, and it's taking its toll of the purity of competition. I'm not saying that you have to be able to compete for the podium, because lets be honest, only a handful of athletes ever do. I'm just saying, when you show up to an event you should take enough pride in yourself to push your own limits. Okay, enough ranting. Find me on Facebook or Twitter. And 'Like''s Facebook Page

May 20  - May 26
Weekly Totals, Time: 7:46:33 Distance: 37.39 mi. Vertical: 3,785 ft.
Weekly Averages, Time: 1:33:19 Distance: 7.48 mi. Vertical: 757 ft.

Training times are going, up. I have some big news about some future events. I'll announce them next week. Lets just say, 'Once In a Lifetime' may be a good description. The week started with just a really fun run/hike/bushwhack through new terrain. Tolt MacDonald Park has some steep hills, and a lot of budding ferns. Those things are really stiff and sort of prickly. Run/hiking an ascent through them isn't terrible; however, ascending and then descending gives you what I call, "fern burn." After a 2.5 hr., run I looked down at my cat scratched legs and just sighed. I love the Pac-Northwest, but the ferns and nettles I could do without. The week ended with two nights of pacing around Lake Youngs Trail during the Pigtails Challenge. 200 mile, 150 mile, and a 100 mile race. Wow, only exclamation needed.

May 13 - May 19

Weekly Totals, Time: 7:00:52 Distance: 46.98 mi. Vertical: 4,167 ft.
Weekly Averages, Time: 1:10:09 Distance: 7.83 mi. Vertical: 694 ft.

I had a really good week, last week. The weather was cooperative enough that I actually have tan lines and ran shirtless quite a few times. That's right folks, shirtless. The week was on record 'happy running' until a PR ascent up Cougar diminished my running logic and put my running emotion on a higher pedestal. I cruised up an all too familiar route and only put an effort into the last 2/3rds and managed a great time...PR, for the route. I signed the guest book up top, took a deep breath and confronted the descent with confidence. Twisting, turning, and going fast: the appeal of descents. The earth crashing into your bare chest, bruising you leg, scrapping off any accumulated tan: the risk of twisting, turning, and going fast downhill. About a 1/2mi. from the trailhead I bit the dirt. I laugh about it, now; especially because the bruises on my leg are still there and it's been more than a week. Good times, good fall, no serious injuries.