Thursday, July 15, 2010

Heat training has it's benefits.

Heat training sucks. It's hot and sweaty, gives me chaffing in places I wish not to mention in this forum, and when I get home I have to wring my clothes out before I can enter the house.
As the post title says though there are benefits to this whole heat training crap.
Today I joined the Dawn Patrol Ninjas on our weekly scouting of the Marin Headlands. Starting at about 5:15am I couldn't stop thinking about what to eat after the run. It had to be one of my favorite treats in all of San Francisco. Off to Trouble Coffee at 46th and Judah to build my own damn house.
Built my own damn house.

It's really hard to beat a post-run meal that includes a cappuccino, a young coconut, and a slice of thick cut toast loaded with butter and cinnamon sugar. Not that I really need to justify eating this stuff when I'm doing well over 100 miles a week but it makes it a little more special when I don't go every day.

Well in other running news I'm ready to start into my taper for Burning River in two weeks. I'm feeling okay right now; tired, a little cranky, achy, and hungry all the time. I must be on the right track then I would think.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

48 on the Iron Horse trail

About to start on the Iron Horse Trail

Just got back from my first long run for Burning River in a few weeks. I am doing a quick slam for my training for this race which I am not thrilled about. However I am also curious how it treats me, so for pretty well. I have had a few little issues that with the help of Scott at Psoas Massage I have been able to think of them as only "little issues" and not being totally sidelined by them.

Well the run today was a focus run that I was hoping to go long (45ish miles) but more of the focus was to get some good heat, and lot's of pavement and flat stuff. Living in San Francisco I have to look around to get good long sections of flat. They are there but I just wanted really long flat stuff to mess around with.
I was lucky enough to have crew support in the way of a really cute running chick I refer to as My Special Lady Friend.
The run went great, I was clipping away at 6:40-7:00min miles for the first 24miles. I then faded ever so slightly as the day heated up going closer to 7:00-7:10min miles from mile 24-38. Then the final ten I was starting to hurt a little, I think mostly from lack of electrolytes; so my pace dropped to closer to 7:40-8:00min miles.
Over all a good run that I am pleased with. I pushed myself and realize I need to be doing a better job of electrolyte balance and keeping my pace a little slower early on.

Time for another big training week for me coming up.

Very much needed Slurpee post run.

***Thanks Devon for the photos and great crewing out there!***