Monday, September 23, 2013

Mountain Training

Last week was a good week for running. The weather is finally starting to cool off a little and I'm getting some confidence in my body back. Still worried that at any moment I'm going to have a set back, but so far so good. Here is my runs for last week.

Monday: 3.2 miles at a 10:42 pace. Still slow but extended my mileage.

Wednesday: 1.3 miles at a 10:30 pace. A run just to run.

Saturday:  Wrightwood Acorn Trail
                 3.2 miles up doing 2 minute run and 4 minute walk intervals.
                 3.2 miles down at a 11:49 pace.
                 Total running time for Saturday was 1hr 53 mins.

I even thought ahead and took a few pictures of the trail. Which ended up being a good excuse to stop and catch my breath without admitting that I needed to. Plus it means no meme nonsense for my readers this week. Some real life pictures! No need to thank me, just doing my job.

Me, unbrushed hair, unaware of the punishment I'll be receiving in Trail form.
Finally reached the trail after running 1 mile through town
Attempt #2 at a view

Attempt #1 at a view
Finally reached the top
Me, feeling fat and wishing I stayed home and watched cartoons instead 

Running back down, my brother leading the way
Near bottom of trail, by here my legs were quivering from exhaustion.

That was my second time running the Acorn Trail and it was harder than I had remembered. It was most likely too much for my lungs but it was a real final test. If I don't get a relapse of my pleurisy in the next couple days I believe I should be good. I don't know of a harder run for lungs than at high altitude and running up 2600 feet.

My legs are crazy sore and I can barely walk around. I probably should look into those foam rollers and/or compression socks everyone is talking about. So I'll take a couple days off from running again and I will be in regular training mode by middle of this week. Xterra Point Mugu Trail Run is in 19 days.

Has anyone done something that was probably too advanced for them?
This mountain run was too advanced for my current fitness level and I'm definitely paying for it.

1 comment:

  1. Pt. Mugu is 19 days away? Oi! I signed up... but am I gonna show up?! LOL. I haven't been to wrightwood yet. Looks like a great trail. Nice job!