Monday, February 14, 2011

A week of training

Old Pueblo 50 training run #1 (2/12/11):

This follows the Old Pueblo course on a loop from the 7/29 mile aid station (during the race, we visit that aid station twice) and back to the 7/29 aid station (basically, miles 7-29 of the Old Pueblo 50 mile race).
Joe said, "And that's when I ran out of flagging. Good luck on the rest of the run!"

Total distance: 21.76 miles
Total time: 4:22
Total AEG: 2,825 feet

From mile 1-8 (7-15 during the race), it is hilly and works gradually uphill, going through some sandy, wash areas and some rocky spots. I ran the first 5 or so miles with Miro, who is from Italy. He talked a lot, which was great! Eventually, I had to make a 'bush' stop, and he went on ahead.

Miro says he never runs more than a marathon dstance - TTR will change that!

I love miles 9-12 - downhill!!! Quite a tailwind out there today, so I felt like I was being pushed downhill! It is pretty rocky on this section, but sooooo much fun.

Joe was going to meet us at the 12 mile point (just past the aid station 19 during the race) to provide aid. I saw him right before that driving away - he was going to check on some runners who got to the aid station before he did. He asked if I needed water, but I was good.

As soon as I took a left after seeing Joe, the wind became a headwind!! I would guess the gusts were around 30 miles an hour. At least it kept things cool out there, but it made it hard to run. Around mile 18 or so (mile 25 of the race), the road heads uphill again. Joe passed by again, and this time I took water. My Camelbak had some water in it, but I was starting to conserve. The wind was drying me out a bit.

On this run, I tried some things Dallas and I have been making - a pinole/chia muffin and a pinole/chia brownie (that has pinto beans in it - makes a complete protein). They aren't super sweet (sweetened with agave nectar) but they are supposed to provide more 'slow-burning' carbs. They were very filling and didn't bother my system or anything. I didn't even eat as much on my run as I normally do. I felt like I had plenty of energy. I am still doing gels, but not as many. I'm going to be weaning myself off of so much sugar for the really long runs.

I also wore my new compression socks (pink!!) I'm still dealing with shin issues (since Redington 50k on 12/19). My shin didn't bother me much at all today; maybe it was the socks. Yay!

Sabino Basin trail run (2/13/11):

Dallas was running Esperero today, so I ran out on the Sabino Canyon tram road and connected up with the trails and went out to Sabino Basin. It took me quite a while, because I chatted with Dallas on the tram road as he was finishing Esperero and I also saw Gene (doing his 475th Bear Canyon Loop! Wow!) and chatted a bit with him, too. I was tired from running the day before, but my legs felt good.

Yeah, I washed the compression socks from yesterday's run...

Of course, when I got to the basin, he had fixed the heart! How nice!

Happy gal

I returned on Phoneline trail and Dallas met me in the last few miles.

He was easy to spot.

Total distance: 13.37 miles
Time: 3:29
Total AEG: 2,870 feet

We got pretty sunburned (it was 82 degrees for the high today). Just two weeks ago, we had a hard freeze! Crazy global warming weather!

Valentine's Day Blackett's Ridge hike (2/14/11):

Total distance: 6 miles
Total AEG: 1,882 feet 

It was only my 2nd time up there - the first time was last Valentine's Day!

We got to the top as soon as it got dark.

Nice calf.
We headed down with headlamps on, and just tried to be careful - it is pretty rocky in spots. Neverthless, Dallas managed to slide off the edge about halfway back down. Scared the hell out of me (I never curse, but I did this day!!) He went about 6 feet over the edge and stopped when he dug his handhelds into the side of the switchback. He was able to climb back up on his own.Tore his leg up pretty good. Exciting Valentine's Day!!

I got in 51 miles last week and should get about the same this next week (excluding the hike).

♪ "My Body tells me no!
But I won’t quit
I want more, I want more..." ♫
~ Finger Eleven

1 comment:

mtnrunner2 said...

Nice long runs. And great weather.

That scrape looks bad, but with all the rocks and sharp plants down there, he probably got off easy!

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one trying to find non-sugary foods for runs, since the bulk of my diet is low-carb and some stuff is just too sweet for me. The baked items sound good. I've had luck with jerky and natural high-protein stuff with nuts and fruit.