Monday, December 27, 2010
I'm thinking about a goal time and I'm settling somewhere in the 11:15-11:45 range. I chatted with Nick Clark, who set the course record (there last January, and he agreed that a sub-12 would be a realistic goal for me. My plan is to run as much of this as I can. I will let the rocks dictate when I walk, but I have not trained for hiking at all, so I know running will be more comfortable. My hope will be to get through the first 50K loop unscathed before the real race begins during the second.
For fueling, it's no surprise that I've settled on an EFS liquid shot plan. One 6 oz. shot (400 calories) mixed with water in my 20 oz. handheld. I will plan to drink one bottle every 1.25-1.5 hours. I also stumbled upon these cola flavored PowerBar Gel Blasts. If you haven't tried them yet, you need to. All that Coke goodness packed into a portable treat. There are nine chews in a pack and each one provides about 21 calories. I plan to eat 1-2 every 30 minutes starting on my second loop.
Monday, December 20, 2010
On Saturday, I went out for the 30 miler on the local trails. James joined me for the miles 4-10. You know someone is an incredible friend when they go for a flashlight run with you at 5:30 in the morning with the temperature no higher than 14 degrees. Around mile 10, we parted ways and I kept cruising while wishing the sun would rise and start to warm me up. When it did, the sun lit up every branch and blade of grass that was covered in ice crystals. Sure wish I brought my camera.
On Sunday, Tanya & I took advantage of the almost 60 degree day and went for a 5.75 mile trail run together. I was moving slow from the previous day's run, but she was cookin'. I was working hard just to keep up with her. Fortunately, by mile 4 she started to get tired and slowed down to a more comfortable pace! I continued on for another few miles after she made her way home.
On a different note, the Tejas Trails folks recently announced that the Bandera 100K has been named the USATF 100K Trail National Championship. The race was already part of the Montrail Ultracup Series that awards four spots to Western States. I think when you combine the two, I'm going to see a bunch of really fast people there.
Monday, December 13, 2010
- Last Saturday, I put in a 40 miler on the HR trails in order to test my fuel plan for Bandera. I call my plan the IV method because I'm shooting for a steady drip of calories instead of the quick shot my stomach doesn't care for when I pound a gel. On this run, I poured one bottle of EFS liquid shot in my 22 oz. handheld filled with water and drank it over 1.5 hours. I also ate a gel at the 1.5 hour mark. I carried in my pack a second bottle and polished off both on my first 20 mile loop. I followed the same plan on my second loop, but this time the 1.5 hour gel caused my stomach to tighten and cramp, so I think I'm going to go with a bottle of EFS every 1-1.25 hours and skip the gels. If you haven't tried EFS diluted in water, you're missing out on a nice treat. The stuff is mellow and smooth going down. 400 calories per flask.
- I was pleased to pass through the troublesome miles (28-36) with no issues at all. By mile 35-37, I was feeling really good, but I could tell my stomach was empty. I had this hollow feeling. Not a bad feeling, more like something was supposed to be in there. I wasn't hungry, but was left wondering if that would need to be addressed at some point beyond 40?
- At mile 13 on Saturday, I kicked a root and after several windmills with my arms, I hit the trail arms & chest first. Thankfully I had layers on, so I didn't cut anything up. I did create a minor dust storm that filled my mouth and eyes with dirt. Later that night I was still picking mini pebbles out of the corner of my eyes!
- Sadly, this was my second fall in a week. The prior weekend I hit the dirt at mile 1.7 into a 20 miler and wasn't so lucky in the cuts and scrapes department. I still managed to get in 15 miles despite the run never clicking for me.
- My other goal for Saturday was to run a consistent pace for both loops. My first loop was .2 miles longer than the second, but I came in at 3:06:xx for both loops. Felt pretty good about that.
- I'm coming up on 1100 miles in my old Asic Gel Trabuco's, who still look fantastic in their old age. They were my first trails shoes bought in early 2009. I never spoke highly of them because there's no toe protection when I would kick rocks. Now they're more comfortable to me than slippers. I'm going to continue to wear them for shorter training runs until they bust apart. Maybe 2000 miles??
- I'm coming off my biggest month of mileage (Nov) with 307 miles. Last week was my biggest week ever at 87.
- I signed up for Collegiate Peaks 50. That will be prep for San Juan Solstice...which will be prep for Leadville. I'm not planning any other races next spring/summer. I would like to try and run the Buchanan-Pawnee Loop, the Four Passes Loop, and the Presidential Traverse as training runs.
- I just booked a cabin for the LT100 weekend in August. Thanks to Leila D. for the tip about looking in Twin Lakes.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
What a great shoe! This summer I've been alternating between my Asic Trabuco's (2 years and almost 900 miles) and my Salomon XA 3D Pro Ultra (almost 600 miles). I raced with the Salomon's, but aside from the solid toe cap, I never thought they were all that great. But man that toe cap saved me on more than a few occasions.
A favorite moment was descending a technical stretch of the Castle trail. About four hikers were taking a break on the side. I was flying down and by their expressions, they thought for sure I was going to bite it at any moment. Well, I didn't, and instead was just loving the run, the new shoes, and my post-RRR recovered state!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I'm thinking of hitting up Deer Creek Canyon on Sunday afternoon (1:00ish) for a moderate 12-13 miles if anyone is interested in joining me.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I plodded along with one hand covering the ear that faced the wind since it was entering and attempting to push my brain out the other side.
I spontaneously decided to take a quick detour and scramble up to one of the false summits to see the different views I knew it would offer. I wasn't disappointed.
I made it to Owen's summit and grabbed a few minutes to regroup out of the wind. For some reason, it wasn't as strong there. As I stared out at Purple, I couldn't make out any consistent trail. Once I started, I figured I'd just keep shooting for the prize which was always in sight.