15 March 2014

Cougar 14 + Bear Ridge

What's that you say...? You went running at 4:00 AM...?! I know, the things we do.

I was obviously jonesing for company today because when I asked Bryan Estes if he wanted to run and he said sure but he had to go early I still agreed to come along. Yikes.

ASIDE - just when doing stuff at 5:00 AM starts to seem 'normal' along comes a guy like Bryan who has to start even earlier.

But you know what? It was fun and I'm super glad I went. And, we were able to turn our headlamps off for the last hour which was nice.

Plenty of climbing on this route today and lucky for me Bryan had run 20 miles yesterday. Sheesh, it seems that if Bryan is tired and I am really fresh I can almost keep up. But I was able to run almost everything except for part of De Leo.

We got to the start so early that the gate to the Red Town Trail parking lot was closed! Neither Bryan nor I had ever seen that before. We had to park at the entrance to the Newcastle Golf Club and run in from there. Which may not have been a bad thing as our cars were under a street lamp so perhaps less likely to get broken into.

I fell twice today - my first falls trail running this year? Luckily neither fall was a big deal and I could just brush off the mud and continue.

We talked the entire time! That is one nice thing about this pace.

I kind of ran out of energy toward the end, it could have been the early start, my lack of a real breakfast or just my state of fitness. I didn't die, I just slowed down.

Sleep 5
Waking HR  
Body Weight  
Body Fat  
Breakfast 3:30 AM - Promax bar, water
Workout Food large bottle w/3 scoops HEED, 2 PowerBar Energy Gel
Time of Day 4:00 AM
Workout Type endurance
Weather low to mid 40s, dry, calm
Time 3:15:32
Distance 18 miles
Pace 10:49 min/mile
Equipment Brooks Cascadia 8, Garmin Fenix, Ultimate Direction Fastdraw Plus, Black Diamond Icon Headlamp
Clothing Injinji Run Original Weight Mini-Crew, Brooks Equilibrium CoRe Short, Brooks 5" Essential Run Short, Craft Active Extreme Short Sleeve Baselayer, Brooks Podium LS shirt, Brooks gloves (that I took off pretty quick)

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