Monday, November 26, 2012
“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul” –Samuel Ullman
I’ve had a few thoughts over the past few days about why enthusiasm is important. My previous youthful theories were that it just makes things more fun; and that is perhaps one of the best side effects of any character trait. The question of whether achieving identical challenges with a stern face or passion-filled grin is not a question at all to me. Though pumping gas or reading mail is not usually done with furvor, if you show some enthusiasm, it will probably make someone else laugh or at least make you laugh at yourself. So, to paraphrase, I thought that injecting enthusiasm throughout my life was generally something that made my daily existence more entertaining and fun.
Mon: 14mi – 300ft – 1:37 – Tempo, flat dirt road with Mike Morton
Tues: 7mi – 2000ft – 1:23 – Bedford Peak in the dark, easy
Wed: 5mi – 1250ft - :47 – Repeats (3x) at CC on the steep/rocky 1/2 mi climb up elevator
Thurs: 8mi – 1750ft - :67 – Tempo on pacific ridge
Fri: 2mi – 1000ft - :23 – Easy treadmill taper for Sat
Sat: 30mi – 8200ft – 4:51 – Jorge Pacecho “Please Don’t Hate Me” 50k course. I had planned on doing this sooner in training, but when I finally got it in, I was happy to see some progress from previous runs on the course this winter/spring. I ran in control and with ease on the climb from Eaton to Wilson (1:44) and even banked some calories for the second half of the run. It was raining quite a bit and was a bit slow on the descent down Sturdevant due to the wet rocks and I eventually made it to Chantry in :60 (2:44). Then the push up winter creek was solid hiking at the bottom and running at the top splitting 1:35 (4:19) from Chantry to Idle Hour before hitting the gate at Eaton in 4:51. I surprised myself with some good controlled aggression early on allowing me to hit 6-6:30’s on the 8mi descent down to Eaton. The course is much steeper and has longer climbs than TNFEC, but the run was definitely indicative of a shift towards faster running on steep terrain that will be prevalent in Marin.
Total: 66mi, 14,500ft, 10:08
-Less mileage has seemed to allow me a little more speed, but there’s also some quality mileage in those numbers that is more fitting for a fast 50 mile race.
Mon: 3mi – 500ft - :30 Sore, running along hwy2 casual
Tues: 7mi – 1500ft – 2:00 Hiking, exploring Kratka Ridge
4mi – 1000ft - :50 Easy Cooper Canyon
Wed: 6mi – 1500ft – 1:00 Easy run along Kratka Ridge
Thurs: 10mi – 2500ft – 1:16 Race the 9.2mi/+2300ft course in 1:06. Felt a bit sluggish from Saturday, but overall happy with a 7:00 pace on the course with the technical Girapido section. The race reminded me how much I have left in the legs this year.. probably about 50 miles give for take.
Fri: 7mi – 2500ft – 2:00 Casual hike/run up Gaviota Peak with Katie, also visited the magnesium rich hot springs to relax.
Sat: 2mi – 0ft - :30 walked to the beach with Katie, goofed off
Sun: 5mi – 2500ft – 3:00 Climbed Arlington Peak in Santa Barbara. Really fun steep trail that gives you some class 3 or 4 options along the way up if you chose to lose the trail. Ran down and felt so cozy in the exceedingly technical terrain that I wished I was doing a sky race next week.
Total: 44mi, 12,000ft, 11:00
-I began tapering and I naturally felt best hiking to stretch and strengthen the legs a bit. Should start to feel snappy later this week in time for the race.
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