15 February 2014

Cougar Squak Cougar trail run

Nice! Two words: weather window

The forecast was for wet all day but it held off until the last 30 minutes or so and even then it was just a light rain. Five minutes after getting into my car it started dumping.

Also, today was my longest run in five months and in spite of it being physically hard I managed my nutrition well and did not bonk. I just need to get stronger and faster.

ASIDE - have I mentioned how freaking fantastic it feels to be able to run again? It feels awesome! Being out of shape is one thing, not being able to exercise is quite another.

I met up with Todd Morse Tucker and the plan was to run up and over Cougar, up and down Squak and then back up Cougar. Basically a Cougar 14 plus the detour up Squak. We did it and I could not have done it without him.

Right from the start I felt SLOW. My heart rate felt high, I was out of breath and it was all I could do to follow Todd in spite of our relaxed pace. In the beginning I wasn't even recovering well on the flat sections and the descents. I had to walk a few times on climbs and the big descent to 900 down Wilderness Cliffs just kept my heart rate up for some reason.

Climbing Squak I had to walk several times! And when I was 'running' it was just shuffle, shuffle, shuffle... About 1/4 mile from the top that finally started to change.

Descending Squak I felt MUCH better. I was running easier, going faster and feeling more relaxed all at the same time.

Climbing Cougar wasn't easy but I felt a little less pegged than when we were going up Squak for sure. The last five miles is when I finally felt 'normal' and it was great to finish stronger than I started. We finished the loop and jogged it all the way back to the car instead of stopping at the bridge.

Good times. Thanks for the company and support Todd.

Today was my first run using Perpetuem since my injury - because it was the first run long enough to need it!

Sleep 7
Waking HR  
Body Weight  
Body Fat  
Breakfast 6:00 AM - apple sauce, 1 scoop protein powder, banana, Udo's Oil, tea
Lunch  
Dinner  
Workout Food 2 bottles each w/2 scoops Perpetuem, PowerBar Energy Gel
Injuries  
Therapy  
Time of Day 8:00 AM
Workout Type endurance
Weather upper 30s to low 40s, calm, dry until the end and then some light lain
Course  
Results  
Time 3:34:53
Distance 19.6 miles
Pace 10:59 min/mile
Equipment Brooks Cascadia 8, Garmin Fenix, UltrAspire Alpha
Clothing Injinji Run Original Weight Mini-Crew, Brooks Equilibrium CoRe Short, Brooks 5" Essential Run Short, Craft short sleeve undershirt, Brooks short sleeve EZ T III, The North Face arm warmers, Brooks gloves

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