Wednesday, February 27, 2008
This is what a snowstorm looks like after a day of cross-country skiing and two beers.
The snow was absolutely dumping Saturday and Sunday and the snow temp was perfect for snowball fights. It was next to impossible to walk through the village without passing through a pitched battle between friends or family members. I had to use my daughter's sled as a shield on more than one occassion.
Deep snow makes cross-country skiing even tougher than usual. At least it does for a low-lander like me. There was a guy from Reno who was ripping along like he was on ice. I felt more like I was running on a sand dune. It was a great workout nonetheless.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Includes details of his 2007 North Face Challenge victories
What I find remarkable is that his training runs are seldom longer than 24 miles and yet he can blitz a 50 miler with 13,000 feet of climbling as in Seattle. The one exception was the 30 miler with Greg Crowther run at 6:18 pace (not a typo!)
A few observations:
- He is remarkably consistent with his mileage averaging 90 miles a week for 2007.
- He incorportates a lot of quality in his running schedule - at least the pace of the workouts make it look that way.
- He races frequently and is as competitive at 5K - 10K as he is at the marathon up to the 50 mile distance.
- He trains with the SU team.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I pulled a Scott D. for the photo of the women running. They thought the idea of me running backwards to take their photo was hilarious.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Quality - one great workout -8 x 1/2 mile hilly repeats.
Summary - fighting off a cold.
Chance of redemption: I get to x-country ski tomorrow to my heart's content while my daughter takes a ski lesson and my wife snow-shoes. I might be able to fit in 3 hours of skiing! I'll bring the camera and take a few photos on during what I hope will be 20 miles of skiing. So stay tuned!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Take high mileage for example. Learning that one runner benefits from 100 mile weeks might make another runner, like me, eager to work up to that type of weekly distance. Anecdotal evidence certainly shows that elite runners who run consistently high mileage perform at a higher level than those that do not. The renaissance of American distance running (its probably too early to call it that but I'm an optimist) is most likely due in part to emulating the altitude and high mileage training of elite runners in other parts of the world. But not every runner is built to run 100 mile or more weeks. Trying to build up to that type of workload may put a runner on a path to injury after injury, stress fractures, etc.
I always have to remind myself why I choose to train the way I do when I hear or read what other trail racers are doing. There is plenty of information on training practices out there on blogs and in interviews and bantered back and forth after races. Recently a series of comments from friends and competitors made me start thinking about high mileage again. Then I read Jean Pommier's excellent interview with Graham Cooper and read a few tidbits about Graham's training - low mileage and lots of cross-training. The best thing about the Internet is there is always fodder for any viewpoint! I would venture a guess that the volume of Graham's training, measured in duration of effort, is equal to that of most high mileage runners.
In the end if you are not getting paid to train and race than it had better be something you love and enjoy. I'm not sure what my life would be like without running and I don't want to have to find out!
Monday, February 11, 2008
The first part of the 23K section heads south and dodges in and out of the Tree Farm. It is easy to lose the trail in this section as it undulates steeply up and down.
Melting pumpkins and corrugated steel
After running on the Ridge Trail in open meadows the trail turns slightly and plunges into the forest. Soon the trail turns steeply up and I found myself walking through tall douglas firs. I reached the top of the hill somewhat disapppointed with myself for not running this section and I turned around to do it again. A few miles further on, the trail suddenly passes through a gate and I popped out into brilliant sunshine with a breathtaking view of the Pacific. It is moments like these that make me glad to live in California and thankful to be able to get to places like these.
The run was not without its challenges. Those of you who have run the Skyline PCTR 23, 37 or 50K before might not recognize the intersetion in the photo below. That is because it isn't part of the course! I looked over the course description and the map before I departed and thought I knew where I was going. The trail signage was ambiguous in some places but to be honest I didn't committ to memory every turn on the course, nor did I carry a map. After many wrong turns I certainly have a great understanding of where the course doesn't go.
Evidence of Mountain Lions?
Monday, February 4, 2008
"Who wants to read about you winning? I want pics of pole vaulters. Where are your priorities man?"
In reference to Scott's photo of me climbing out of Huddart park, "You look like a 70 year old man!"
In reference to the photo of me standing next to Scott, "You look like an *%$## midget!"
In reference to my finishing time, "Don't you wish you had pushed a bit harder to break 4 hrs?"
Serves me right for forwarding the link.
These were too funny not to post.