friday, march 23, 2012
Trail RunDistance: 6.00 miles
Pace: 9:47 m/mi
Comments: WHOO HOO!!! Did the loop in under an hour! It's the best I've run it in more than a year and a half! Success!
I had a pretty bad week for some reason and really had zero motivation to run. Not exactly sure why but I ended up taking a three-day break. Instead of trying a normal mid-week workout, I decided to hit the South Mountain trail today and try and miss the weekend crush. That turned out to be a good call. There weren't too many folks out on the trail and everyone with their dogs had them on the leash.
I felt reasonably good going up the first portion (I guess the race two weeks ago is paying off) and decided to try the tough ascent of National Trail this time. It throws a 400 foot rise at you in the space of a little less than one mile. Brutal.
I got through it OK but, more importantly, it didn't completely wipe out my legs so I was able to concentrate on my pace for the descent. I got to the final mile and realized that I could beat the 60 minute mark if I kept under 9 minutes or so and blasted out an 8:01. A very good run and very encouraging.
Hour: 9:30 a.m.
Temperature: 65 degrees
Humidity: 41 percent
Wind: gusty on the ridge
Location: National Trail & Mormon Trail, South Mountain Park, Phoenix, Arizona
Shoes: Nike Zoom Waffle Racer IV
Injury update: Nada.
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