Today was my first ever run with friend and teammate Gabe T and guess what, this guy has serious running roots!
We met up at the Redmond Watershed Preserve and ran a couple of loops and boy are the trails well maintained over here. The main trails are massive, doubletrack but there are also plenty of fun singletrack options. To me it's always funny to see signs of horses so close to the city… Living in Seattle I know Redmond is out there but I never think of horses. Well they obviously come here quite a bit.
Turns out Gabe got his start in athletics by running. On trails. He has even done the Chuckanut Mountain Ki. Pretty cool. The more I run the more trying one of these longer events sounds appealing…
It was this fateful event (where Gabe got a stress fracture) that caused him to turn to cycling and I guess then triathlon. And since he broke his elbow in a bike race this summer and had to take quite a chunk of time off, running is still all he can do. Lucky for me.
Gabe knows all the big names in the NW running scene, and I mean ALL. He was rattling off famous people and recalling running memories that made me realize I was in the presence of someone with a lot of experience.
We also talked about diet. Turns out both Gabe and I have been vegetarian for a long time and have both tried Paleo; and now we are not doing the same thing. Interesting. I am always eager to hear why people do what they do and how they justify actions.
And it was warm! I started with a light jacket because I was worried about the wet and cold, I needn't have been. That's always a plus.
|Breakfast||5:15 AM - Rice Krispies|
|Workout Food||30 minutes prior to run - gel|
run - small bottle w/1 tablet Nuun and 1 scoop HEED
|Time of Day||8:00 AM|
|Workout Type||active recovery|
|Weather||low to mid 50s, wet ground but hardly any rain, calm|
|Distance||not sure… 5 miles or so?|
|Equipment||Brooks Defyance, hand-held bottle|
|Clothing||shorts, Craft short sleeve undershirt, Patagonia Houdini jacket|