saturday, september 04, 2010
Trail RunDistance: 6 miles
Pace: 9:16 m/mi
Comments: Man, I ate this one up! I matched my fastest time on this circuit from way back last March.
I woke up really early this morning, like 3:15 a.m. early but knew going back to sleep would mean just running this later in the day when it would be more difficult.
So I got up and took care of a few things and got out to the trail and running by 6:00 a.m. Which turns out to be the right time. The parking was decent and while there were a number of folks on the trail, almost all of them knew what they were doing.
I knew I wanted to try and get a solid time today so concentrated on holding a strong pace on the front end and keeping the intensity up on the inclines. Since I didn't bring the camera, I didn't have the handfull of quick stops to shoot pictures for the blog entry.
Going up I passed a number of running groups. Interestingly almost all of them were women. While most of the bikers out this early were men I didn't see but three or four male runners.
The descent was much like last week very rapid but under control. Like on the ascent, I tried to keep my pace strong on the final mile-and-a-half after getting out of the hills. I knew I had a better pace than last week but not almost three-and-a-half minutes faster.
Afterward I made sure to stop and get ice for an ice bath which was excruciating as always. Once again, it was intensely uncomfortable in my lower legs for the first five minutes.
Hour: 6:00 a.m.
Weather: partly cloudy
Temperature: 88 degrees
Humidity: 34 percent
Wind: little bit at the top of the hill
Location: National Trail & Mormon Trail, South Mountain Park, Phoenix, Arizona
Shoes: Nike Zoom Waffle Racer IV
Injury update: Not much at all.
|add a comment|