09 February 2012

Cougar Mt trail run

I woke up at 3:00 AM today and that was that. What a drag.

In spite of less than optimal sleep I still felt like today was gong to be a banner day and that I would feel great for my run. Go!

Turns out I did NOT feel great. In fact I was dragging ass.

I headed out today with Frank H (obviously a great runner in his own right) and Justin A for what was the longest run of Justin's rest week. Pretty much from the gun I was breathing super hard and got totally self-conscious about how much noise I was making at the back of the pack.

I hung on thinking I was going to warm up any time now and then I would take the front and maybe even go for a PR on what I thought was going to be the standard 'Cougar 10'.

But I never warmed up. And then towards the end of the run Justin said, "You okay if we go left here…?" Frank's reply was something to effect of, "Sure, trust is a beautiful thing." Of course I knew this way meant one more big climb.

I came that close to bailing (read: walking) on the climb and near the top the gap between Frank and I started to open up. Ten feet. Twenty feet. Thirty feet. Forty feet. Thank goodness this is when we reached the summit and so I was able to claw my way back to them. Turns out I descend faster than Frank. Whew.

It was amazing up here today. There was a ton of foliage down in the woods and Justin said that two weeks ago many of the trails were literally impassible. We also ran over extended sections of trail covered in pine boughs - I love that!

My right foot/ankle got a tiny bit sore so perhaps I need to roll with the Hoka shoes a little longer but it did not hurt like it used to. Yeah! And although I was tired at the end, I was not sore or dead or anything. My running has come a long way and this is the longest I have ever extended my running season for sure.

Sleep 5
Waking HR  
Body Weight  
Body Fat  
Breakfast 6:30 AM - Smoothie 2.0
Workout Food gel at the start, small bottle w/1 tablet Nuun and 1 scoop HEED during
Time of Day 11:00 AM
Workout Type endurance
Weather upper 40s, light rain, calm
Time 1:42:34
Distance 11.5 or 12 miles?
Pace 8:03 min/mile (assuming we went 11.5 miles)
Equipment Brooks Cascadia
Clothing shorts, Patagonia long sleeve Merino wool shirt
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