Yes! A real trail run.
Crap! Everyone is faster than I am.
This loop goes by many names.
- Cougar 14 + Bear Ridge
- Cougar Ring
- Cougar 10 + Bear Ridge + Wilderness Cliffs + De Leo Wall
I met Jon Robinson, David Miller and Gretchen Van Dyke (ALL OF WHOM ARE FASTER THAN I AM) at the Red Town Trail and we got it on. That is to say they got it on and I struggled to keep up while my heart rate went through the roof. That first climb can be killer!
Not exactly the endurance pace run I had planned but in the end it was okay.
These guys had to wait for me at EVERY intersection. I managed to position myself on the front a couple of times (they would stop and wait and when I caught up I would just run on past) just so I could slow the pace down but it never lasted long.
I think I walked 99% of the climb up Wilderness Cliffs. :( On the upside I met a smiling Matthew Hong who was blazing his way down the trail. Always nice to see a Seattle Running Club clubmate and a SRC-Brooks Competitive Team teammate out and about.
Somewhere about five miles from the finish I finally started to feel better and got the legs moving on a descent. Of course I got shelled going up De Leo Wall again but everyone waited and I was able to run it in with some company at least.
My nutrition was spot on, at least I didn't bonk.
What's interesting is that even though I felt like dirt and that my heart rate was high at times it never was. Other than my traditional initial spike it was right where it should be (sub 135 bpm) for an endurance run.
|Waking HR||5:00 AM - 48|
|Breakfast||5:30 AM - applesauce, 2 scoops Hammer Whey Protein, banana, Udo's Oil, tea|
|Nutrition||2 large Water Bottles each w/2 scoops Hammer HEED, 2 shots of Hammer Gel|
|Recovery||immediately post run - large Water Bottle w/3 scoops Recoverite|
|Time of Day||7:30 AM|
|Weather||mid 40s to 50, dry, calm|
|Equipment||Brooks Cascadia 10, Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest 2.0|
|Clothing||Injinji Run 2.0 Original Weight Mini-Crew, Brooks Equilibrium CoRe Short, Brooks 5" Essential Run Short, Craft Active Extreme Short Sleeve Baselayer, Patagonia Merino 1 Silkweight Crew, buff, Brooks Pulse Lite Glove II|