Feels like Summer anyway, what with 90+ degree temps last week.
summers I have focused on triathlons, or speedy short races like 5Ks.
This year is the year I focus on the trails. Because one is never to old
to learn new things.
My first trail race was 2 1/2 years
ago - a nasty hilly 10K turkey trot with lots of climbing that reduced
me to walking. Since then, I've done a ridiculously hard 30K at Bulldog
that nearly killed me, and then enjoyed the heck out of the Double
Dipsea last year. But in all that time I never really trained much on
trails. Just a little on some local trails which are pretty tame.
a few months ago I jumped in with both feet and joined a club, the
Santa Monica Mountain Goats, and they have weekly trail runs in the
mountains that are basically all brutally hilly, but really fun. So most
Saturdays I now get up at 6 and make the 30 minute drive to meet up
with 20-40 other crazy types and run some hills. I love it.
my race schedule this summer has a lot of dirt on it. Once I got past
Boston (or as Kynan calls it, a nice pre-ultra tempo run, which it
basically was; 20 mile tempo at 7:59 pace, followed by 6.2 miles of
ultra training at 10:43 pace) I shifted to ultra training. No speed work
planned until June. Just long slow miles.
I have my first
ultra coming up in 3 weeks, a 50K trail run in Portland. I was seduced
by the chance to run for 5 or 6 hours with loop luminaries Mild Sauce,
the Flying Matzes, and Lady Runs A Lot, and we convinced a few others to
join in too, AnnieRunsforFun and JuanitaGF. Not all are doing the 50K,
but there are shorter races too, so it will be a loop party! And there's
a beer garden and free food. Nice way to spend Memorial Day.
I recover from that nonsense, I have 5 weeks to be ready for my second
running of the Double Dipsea! Yes I am coming back to do it again,
because it is just such a great race. Plus the Sauce and the Matzes will
be there, along with John Wayne and Mr. Bacon! Can't wait for that one.
month after that I am returning to the Central CA Loop mansion to run
with Medievalist again, and hang with other loopsters. this year we are
doing the Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf 10K which is a road race, but a very
crowded party-like race that should be lots of fun.
I am capping the summer off on Labor Day with another Loopy trail run -
the Climb to the Top of Mt Baldy, which is only 10K, but it is straight
up from 6,000 to 10,000 feet! More of a hike I think...But I get to
hang with Atom Buddy and Alice. Life is good.
running update. After Boston I rested a week, then got sick for a week
and another week to get over the cough. So not a whole lot of running.
But this last week was good. 7 on Tuesday, 5 on Thursday, and then 10.2
on Saturday with the Mountain Goats on a really nice single track trail.
We climbed 1,600 feet in the first 2.5 miles before cruising along the
crest and then coming back down. Lots of fun, and I'm starting to get
better at doing these technical trails.
Here I am Sat AM heading up the hill.