Saturday, June 16, 2012

Weekly Summary: Jun 9 - Jun 17

6/9 - 3.76 miles.  1:13:34.  Stagecoach Mountain.  Up to The Beach and back.

6/10 - Off.

6/11 - 5.46 miles.  :49:33.  Stagecoach.

6/12 - 5.29 miles. :46:38.  Stagecoach.

6/13 - Off.

6/14- 7.37 miles.  1:01:28.  Stagecoach.  My best run in the last couple of weeks since stepping on that damn rock in my La Sportiva Vertical Ks, which have no rock plate.  I wore my heavy ass Salomon XAs since they are like light hikers with a ton of underfoot protection.  I ran from the house down to Elk Run Trail by the lake and ran the south shore for a few miles.  The highlight was watching a bald eagle launch from the sage brush just 50 feet from me and glide out over the lake.  Just beautiful.

6/15 - 3.61 miles.  :38:39.  Mad Creek Trail.  Easy running out to the barn and back.

6/16 - 20.54 miles.  4:30:59.  3500'++.  Thunderhead Hiking Trail - Chisolm Trail - Storm Peak Challenge  - Mountain View Trail - Fish Creek Falls Trail - Fish Creek Falls Blvd.  I ran the hellaciously tough first 20 miles of the Run Rabbit Run 100 course this morning.  Five gnarly miles to the top of Storm Peak had me regretting not bringing my trekking poles and deciding that I will absolutely be starting the race with them.  My split to Storm Summit was a humbling 1:33:14 for 5.28 miles!  After a five minute break to eat, I started down Mountain View Trail where I found a few downed trees, another trail runner and a sweet, painful blister on the top of my left foot.  That slowed me down a bit so my split time to the Fish Creek Falls Trail junction was 1:16 for 6.38 miles.  Another quick break to eat again and adjust my shoes and I was off for the 3000', 5.5 mile descent on Fish Creek.  I started seeing people hiking the trail when I hit the second falls and by the time I got to the first falls I determined that I had seen about 30 people.  That leg took 1:06.  By the time I hit the trail head, I drank all the water in my hydration bladder and my water bottle so I filled up the water bottle for the last 3 miles on the road back to downtown.  It was really warming up by then and it only took those 3 miles to drain the whole bottle. 

6/17 - Off.

Last week, I took more time off to let my foot heal since the point tenderness in my forefoot was still lingering.  Fortunately, it's been feeling better and my motivation returned so I was able to ramp the mileage back up this week and get in what will probably be my last long run before next month's Leadville Silver Rush 50.  And a challenging long run it was:  4 and half hours to do 20 miles!  So much more technical trail than I remembered from those trails in the past.  Run Rabbit Run is going to be no joke.  However, focusing on the immediate future, we're leaving for the Bay Area on Monday and I'm looking forward to spending the next week at sea level for some mellow runs and a great time with family as Katy and I have our wedding at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Weekly Summary: May 29 - June 3

5/29 - Rest.

5/30 - Rest.  Took another day off after a couple of punishing runs at the end of last week. 

5/31 - 7 miles.  400'.  Stagecoach.  Down to the lake and onto Elk Run Trail for about 4 miles before running on the road shoulder for a couple miles on the way back home.  

6/1 - 7 miles.  700'.  Spring Creek Trail.   Easy recovery run on Spring Creek.  Stepped on a rock that really tenderized my right forefoot. 

6/2 - Off.  Drove all the way out to Stillwater to run up to the Devil's Causeway and then do a sick 10-mile loop twice just to get denied by the weather and my foot.  I arrived at the Causeway trail head just as the wind picked up, the clouds began to roll in and the temperature drop into the 30s.  I was still game enough to get my gear together and try a Causeway summit but as I hiked down the trail it became evident that my foot was still way too tender to run anywhere.  Much less in a spring blizzard.  I hung out long enough to know the weather was going to get nasty and then drove home.  The wind and rain chased me all the way back home.  Denied!

6/3 - Rest.  Volunteer to work half-marathon aid station at Steamboat Marathon.  Katy and I had a great time working the aid station at the marathon halfway point with the crew from The Lodge (G. Hill, Clyde, Becky and Riley, Clara, Sean, Rick).  Next year, we're bringing costumes, better food and turning up the volume a little bit.  Soon, people will be running the marathon just to stop at our sweet aid station.  We're on the rise up...believe it.

Weekly total:  14 miles.  1100'.

Put up some pretty weak numbers this go-around but, whatever.  You can't control the weather or fortune so just roll with it.  Lately, I've been thinking alot more about becoming a father than running anyway.  Sure, I'm still jazzed about doing some races and running in mountains this summer, but it's all taken a serious back seat to what I've got on the horizon.   It's all pretty exciting, to say the least.  Next weekend, I'm camping out with some of the fellas outside of Clark so I'm trying to figure out a cool way to either run there or run from there.   There are some great, mid-Zirkel Wilderness Area trails that are accesible from that camp site.