Friday, January 7, 2011

Week 1 - 8,300'

Most of the trails I'll be running the next few months I've already recorded data like, vertical and distance so I feel no need to wear a watch on most of these runs. I'll wear one if I don't know the total vertical, but will not be timing any of these runs. Instead, I'd like to try and notice some sort of change from start to finish, like the note (*) in todays run. After all, time is just a man-made tool to measure change anyway.

1 - 900' - up/down on Shut-In
2 - 900' - up/down on Shut-In.
3 - 900' - up/down on Shut-In.
4 - 900' - up/down on Shut-In.
5 - 1,400' - up/down on Shut-In.
6 - 1,900' - Treadmill - 24 miles @ 1.5% - Just kidding GZ - 3 miles @ 12%.
7 - 1,400' - up/down on Shut-In. - * Light dusting of snow at trailhead when I started, but had melted by the time I finished.
First lesson learned for 2011 - Starring contests and pretzels don't mix.
Kayle, our 4 year old daughter, and I were having a starring contest while eating some pretzel sticks with our faces no more than 8-10 inches apart. In an attempt to make Kayle blink I opened my mouth to show her my chewed up pretzels. She burst out laughing which sent her mouthful of chewy, wet pretzels straight into my face . I think I lost twice at there.


  1. Shut-In is a trail?

    Nice week. So you're not HR training, right?
    I know the vertical is goal number one, but are you going to mix-in some flatter tempo stuff, or easy aerobic stuff?

    That climbing is aerobic only if you're hiking or jogging, no?

    Analogy: if I only drank IPA, I would get tired of beer.

  2. That's right, the most important thing I learned from 150,000' in 100 days was how aweful I felt when I tried to run flat. I'm hoping the local 5/10k's throughout the year will set up a really fun way to run relitively flat and hard. I'd like to do 2-3 fun races per month and get the family out for the social fun that goes with the races.
    Be careful,your going to offend the IPA if you refer to it as beer!

  3. Yea, the Shut-In Ridge Trail is a rolling 17 miles that starts at 2,000' and ends at 5,000', but has 5,300' climbing and 2,300' of decent. There's a race on this trail in Nov - come on out and run it with me!

  4. 24 miles at 1.5% is zero feet gained.

  5. Rick, that sounds like a great idea. I love the numbers. Though that's a long way away.
    I think I'm heading to CO in the summer.
    Whatever the hell that means.