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.
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.
|5:00 AM - 2 bananas w/almond butter, apple sauce w/walnuts, large bottle w/3 scoops Perpetuem
|2 small bottles each w/1.5 scoops Perpetuem, 3 gels
|My right foot felt fine! I think it was the shoes.
|Time of Day
|upper 30s to mid 40s, mostly dry with some sprinkles, calm
|Hoka Combo XT, 2 hand held bottles
|shorts, Patagonia short sleeve shirt, Patagonia long sleeve Merino short, SmartWool hat, Patagonia gloves