Last long run meal with my friends in @roguerunning Summer Trail! El sendero training up next!
Last long run meal with my friends in @roguerunning Summer Trail! El sendero training up next!
Last set! Top of Ladera “Double Rainbow all the Way!”
Thursday- 7/18- Ladera Norte Repeats with Off Rogues- 11 mile- 80 min (humid 78 degrees) Felt like trying to breath under water
pm- 8 mi easy
Wednesday-7/17- 60 min- 8 mile + core+ Ross X 2- form drills
Tuesday- 7/16- 10 min warm up, form drills
6 mi progressive run on roads (North Loop and Brentwood)- 5:54,5:40,5:32,5:29,5:22,5:09 (mile 4-5 were mostly up. struggled to bring time down) 15 min cool down
pm- 8 mi easy
(Above- Turqoise lake on our last visit to Leadville)
Monday- 7/15- 30 min am, 30 min pm + core and push ups and Ross X 2
Sunday- 7/14- 1:55 Mesa and Ladera Norte (tough getting hilly long run in solo-kept it pretty easy though) 17 mi
Saturday 7/13- Ran with Off Rogues and Trail 101 at Lake Georgetown-12 mi easy
Friday- 7/12- 45 min in Wimberley with Warren B!
Thursday- 7/11- 12 mi in Wimberley with Allison and Jeff K (Hilly up)
(On my way back from fly fishing near our cabin in Leadville)
Wednesday- 7/10- 2 hr easy- 16
Tuesday- 7/9- Tempo Run solo & off feel, on the track- 15 min warm up- form drills- 5:13,5:09,5:04,4:58 (pretty humid and hot- 80 degrees this morning and sweatin’ like a dog- felt good to get on the track. Not bad for middle of the summer)
Monday- 7/8- Easy 60 min
The gun went off and there we went - straight up towards Mosquito Pass.
The race started at 10,200 ft. I felt alright, but slightly nauseous and headache. I was carrying more than I needed, but figured better be safe than sorry on this race. One of my water bottles popped out of my vest right at the start and I kicked it away. I had one bottle of Nuun and a Honeystinger gel. I felt good in my 2XU compression shorts and socks!
We ran up on the road for a mile and gained a couple hundred feet as we hit the dirt road. I made my way into 3rd, but was unable to keep a consistent distance between myself and the first 2 runners. We started around 7 min pace, but as we started gaining elevation I quickly went between 8-9 min pace/mile. We started getting some light rain and sleet, which cooled things off. The front runners continued to pull further away.
I hit the fist aid station at 2.5 and grabbed a swig of water and roctane drink. I had about a mile of flat and downhill before I started to climb again. Ughh! This was tough! I tried to catch my breath, and was dealing with some negativity creeping in. I tried to remain patient and knew I could not really go much faster with no significant elevation training and only a few weeks of consistent training for this race. So, I tried not to be too hard on myself and be ok with not being in the front.
I maintained 3rd place through the 2nd aid station around mile 4.5-5. I saw Audie (Ashley’s mom) and my mom here. I waved and tried not to look too pitiful as I glared up at the mountain climb ahead to the top of the highest pass in Colorado. I grabbed a bite of watermelon and tried to keep it moving.
I started up and this is where the real climbing started. I kept running, but soon enough was power walking. 4th place came up from behind and I tried to stay with him for as long as I could. I went to a walk run at this point….more walk than run though. We were above tree line and the view behind was epic. Mt Massive and Elbert in the background were awesome. Old broken down mines through the valley added to the view. As we climbed the temperature dropped and I started feeling a little worse. I knew that the climb was short enough that no matter how bad I felt, I just needed to get up to the top and I would feel much better on the way down.
There were a few times I wanted to turn around. I started feeling dizzy and sorry. My heart was pounding just walking up the mountain. I remembered what I told the rest of the runners that came with me from the Off Rogues, “We are fortunate to be running this race, and this will be a challenge for all of us. We will have times of doubt and fear, but keep moving and roll with the ups and downs.” That tended to help. I also just maintained focus on the trail ahead and adding a stretch of running every few minutes. I did have many ups and downs in the 3 mile climb up. I ran when I felt good and walked when I felt bad.
I could hear someone coming up from behing me. I looked back and this guy was power hiking up ready to pass. I did a double take and realized this guy was probably 55-60 yr old! Shit! I was about to get passed by someone twice my age. I cheered him on and was inspired. This guy was incredible. I got passed by 2 more people on the way to the top.
As runners were already heading back down I knew I had to be fairly close. I got to the top and looked around briefly and took a swig of something at the aid station and was ready to get down. My legs were like jello and the road was super rocky. I thought I would be able to run faster on the downhill, but stayed at a semi in controlled pace. Part of me did not want to reinjure my hip as this is one of the main reasons for running the half instead of the full.
I cheered on just about everyone I passed. I saw Ryan Boyd first and he looked pretty good. Jacque, Karen, and Arnold were all cheering as I came by. I was glad they were running together and pushing each other. Joel was looking good in the marathon as he headed up mosquito pass. Then Peter, Ashley and Bethany were all nearby running together. High fives to all of them!
I caught 6th place runner just before the aid station, but he passed me as I took a minute to get down some coke and watermelon. I was still feeling nauseous, coke usually helps. I saw my mom and gave her a high five and Audie as well. Audie told me to get on after those boys! I only had 5 miles to go and knew I would have an advantage with less decline the rest of the run. I also remembered that I had about a mile of incline left.
I figured some people may have forgotten this climb and wanted to make sure that I stayed strong at this point. I caught 6th place and 5th place on this stretch. As I entered the last aid station I was in 5th. I grabbed a coke and kept moving. I had been carrying the gel in my hand since mile 5, but could not get myself to open it. No point in trying now.
I big truck drove by and dusted the hell out of us! They apologized as they drove by… I didn’t really know what to say, so I said nothing. My mouth was really dry, and did not enjoy the mountain dirt in my lungs.
Up ahead I saw 4th and 3rd pretty close. The 4th place dude was moving up on 3rd and I was moving up on both of them. I looked down at my watch and was running between 4:45-5:15 pace. I passed both of them with about 1-1.5 mile to go. 3rd place dude looked like he had a nice fall with some gashes on his shoulder. Tough break… I hit the road and started to feel a little nauseous again, but knew I had 5-7 minutes left. I probably hit mile 14-15 in just under 5 min and could see the finish line ahead.
I cruised in and was happy to be done. Took about 1:24 up, 50 min to get down from the top. 3rd place was not bad. The winner came in in 1:58 as the first ever to break 2 hr for the race. Course record by 8 min! Pretty cool.
( I look like the dude from star trek with a big wrinkled head)
I headed back up the course shortly after eating my Epic bar to cheer on the rest of the group as they finished. I was truly inspired to see how well everyone did. This was much harder than our last race at elevation (Steamboat Stinger) and everyone finished! Go Off Rogues!
Race Results: http://my1.raceresult.com/details/results.php?lang=en&page=6&eventid=17569&contest=2&name=Result%20Lists%7CHALF%20-%20Overall%20Results&format=view
Night running, Trail 101, and prepping for the Leadville trail marathon are what’s new! Summer trail training and trail 101 started this June. I now have Thursday morning hill workout incorporated. Austin’s own Epic bars helping to keep me going (bison, bacon, and cranberry!), took the Rogue trail series training class over to Hops and Grain for a happy hour. Thanks to Josh for staying late! An old Rogue friend dropped by to show me his Keys 100 finisher medal! What a badass. Longest run was a half ironman and then did the keys 100 with his son. Awesome! Leadville trail marathon June 29th! Looking forward to a great run in the mountains!
Great Humpday run from the Hill of Life! Who will be there next week?!
Don’t forget to come out to Emma Long for the 10K/30K races of the Rogue Trail Series. This Sunday 7am!
The New Balance 1210 (aka Leadville) busted in this year as an ultra trail shoe ready to toe the dirt line next to the Brooks Cascadia. With a smooth transition, 8mm offset, and 10.4 oz on the Rogue scale (size 9), I really like this shoe.
The 1210 was designed for ultra running, and named after the Leadville 100 mile trail race. It was created by NB after testing and measuring how runners’ feet respond to Leadville itself. New Balance increased the volume of the upper to allow for foot swelling over longer distances. It also offers a slightly denser foam on the inner heel to provide some stability for tired feet, while the tongue is fairly protective and keeps the laces from adding pressure to the top of your foot.
Over the past few weeks I have spent a lot of time in this shoe as I rebuild my mileage. I logged 75 miles last week, with most of my runs on the Barton Creek Greenbelt and Bull Creek here in Austin,TX.
One run that stands out is my new Wednesday adventure run from the 360 access, The Hump-day Hump Run. This is a run open to the world! We meet at Taco Deli (Spyglass) and run 75 minutes (give or take a few miles) at 7:15 am on the Greenbelt. There are no trail markers or restrictions to where we go: we run, we talk, we eat tacos.
This past Wednesday we headed through the “Sweet 16″ where the trail crosses the creek 16 times within a few miles. This was the morning after more than 2″ of rain, so we were having fun! The shoe has a ton of room, and some would say it feels too wide. Being the “Leadville” I would say there is adequate space for 100 miles of foot-swelling mountain running. The shoe did drain really well, even with the multiple creek crossings.
As a lighter “ultra shoe”, I still don’t consider this a minimal running shoe. 8 mm offset is less than the Cascadia for sure, but she still has some girth. The Vibram tread is pretty grippy, as I found on some of the steeper sections, and I didn’t have to be overly cautious. Even on the wet limestone it stuck better than other trail shoes! The tread on the heel is reversed to keep you from slipping while braking on the downhills.There is some rock protection, but I still feel sharper rocks poke through a bit. For the most part, this provides enough protection for me.
I did pick up quite a bit of mud, as the trail was a fresh, soggy mix of mud and clay. No shoe could have kept the mud from sticking! I had to stop and tie my shoe a few times; it’ll take some knot experimentation to find out what works best to keep these laces tied.
I’d been dealing with pain and mild swelling on the top of my right foot since Cactus Rose, and the tongue on the 1210 does a solid job keeping off the pressure on that area. It’s not a fluffy pillow, but more like a Tempur-pedic pad that evenly distributes any pressure.
We hit Travis Country and ran the road for a mile or so, which was fine – I didn’t slip or have any problems on the asphalt. We ended up hitting a few creek crossings on the way back from Rattle Snake, and I had one more shoelace tie to take care of before finishing at Taco Deli.
All in all, the 1210 is a great shoe that everyone should consider as their next trail purchase!
(Next week. You be there. Hump Day Hump Run from Taco Deli. 75min at 7:15am. Come explore!)
First time swimming for exercise in 5 years! Felt great though. Swam a mile and ran about 13 miles this morning. Thanks Paige for the help and letting me join you at Austin Country Club! Thinking about jumping in the Hells Hills 25K to get back in the swing of things!
Training has begun for the 10th Anniversary of the Rogue Trail Series! We have a great group together! Much enjoyed run this morning.Check out Roguerunning.com to sign up for training or Roguetrailseries.com for the races!
A huge thanks to my new sponsors! 2XU and Hops and Grain! With your support, this will be a great year on the trail!
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My friends at Hops and Grain have the coolest brewery in town. These guys do a ton to support the community with their love and delicious brew, and I am pumped to be working together!