Oh man, this might not have been the smartest thing I have ever done.
After a solid week of training I opted to
tag along with slow down a bunch of real runners. Good times.
I hooked up with Justin A, Bill H and freaking SIX OTHER GUYS; all of them bona fide ultra runners. Needless to say I was not able to keep up but they all graciously waited for me. Several times.
Gotta love it when the 'new guy' shows up and is in way over his head.
I met Bill and Justin on Mercer Island and from there we headed out to Issaquah to meet everyone else. I honestly had no idea the group was going to be so big.
We take off across the parking lot, up some stairs, down a dirt road and then it was UP Squak. The pace on that first climb was a tad stiff for me but I gamely hung for most of it and then realized that dropping was the only way to (hopefully) finish this day so slowed down to a power hike.
This more or less repeated itself all morning long. I was able to hang on the flats and on the descents but as soon as the trail tipped up I was struggling. I think I walked more today than I ever have on a 'run'. :(
On the up side my right foot felt really good. It was feeling so good in fact that on the last descent I pushed the pace and it still felt fine. Let's hear it for the Hoka Combo XT! Also, turns out I was not the slowest guy out there so bonus.
The GPS data - as usual - came up just a little short per everyone else's guestimate of the distance. But less so this time than on other occasions.
|Breakfast||5:00 AM - 2 bananas w/almond butter, apple sauce w/walnuts, large bottle w/3 scoops Perpetuem|
|Workout Food||2 small bottles each w/1.5 scoops Perpetuem, 3 gels|
|Injuries||My right foot felt fine! I think it was the shoes.|
|Time of Day||9:30 AM|
|Weather||upper 30s to mid 40s, mostly dry with some sprinkles, calm|
|Equipment||Hoka Combo XT, 2 hand held bottles|
|Clothing||shorts, Patagonia short sleeve shirt, Patagonia long sleeve Merino short, SmartWool hat, Patagonia gloves|
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