Running (road) 48:38 7.33 km (6:38 / km) +13m6:35 / km ahr:152 max:168 shoes: New Balance 880v10
Morningjog around the golf course. Legs still quite heavy feeling. It's been a struggle to continue running all the way home these two days.
Had a very neighborly exchange with Dave on the corner, who was watering his wildflowers. We just waved, he told me not to stop on his account, I told him his flowers were looking great, and he said thanks. I don't know why but it all felt very Mr. Rogers neighborhood-y. Then I saw Lukas' teacher walking around the golf course with a friend and it seemed like the world is just a friendlier place on school holidays.
Running (road) 20:06 2.76 km (7:17 / km) ahr:132 max:144 shoes: New Balance 880v10
Morningjog around the neighborhood. Super delightful morning. It turns out getting out of bed to run shortly after waking up is way better than lying there for an hour or two in an attempt to avoid starting my day.
Quads are fairly roasted but they still function.
Cycling25:54 8.29 km (19.2 kph) ahr:120 max:132
Cycling29:49 8.37 km (16.8 kph) +44m ahr:111 max:124
Running race (trail) 2:17:13 21.39 km (6:25 / km) +141m6:13 / km ahr:167 max:194 shoes: Cesare (Altra Timp 3 again)
Vail Scramble trail half marathon
I thought I would write up this race for real (I was doing plenty of aplogging out there) but I'm pretty tired and it wouldn't be all that interesting anyway. I'll attempt a topical rather than narrative version.
pre-race: woke at 4:30am (7am start), water, caffeinated diet pepsi, banana, bread w/ pb. Robin and Anna picked me up at 5:15 and we snagged Michelle on the way. Bus to start from parking lot at 6:30ish. Did some lunges and leg swings and then a wee bit of running near the start as a warmup.
clothing & equipment: short running tights, white ss shirt, white hat, running vest with 2 500ml flasks of vitalyte. Kind of regret not having sunglasses. I wonder whether one flask of vitalyte and one of very cold water would have been better, and whether wearing arm sleeves and getting them wet periodically would have helped.
course: almost entirely singletrack along the AZ Trail. Overall downhill but the first two+ miles were up and there were a lot of ups and downs so it felt more rolly than downhill. Still nice to have lots of extended descents.
weather: about 60 and breezy at the start but the sun was already above the Rincons, which was not nice. Probably only in the mid-70s by the finish but there is zero shade on the course (except for the snake tunnel under I-10 and the culvert under Rt 83) and people were starting to feel pretty rough.
falls: one, and I landed on grass and rocks, not cactus
nutrition: sipped my vitalyte throughout, probably drank about 2/3 of what I had. I filled my reusable cup with water at the first aid station (4mi in?) and dumped it on my head. I ran through all the remaining aid stations.
performance: I felt basically fine running today but definitely not speedy. I didn't feel like I was having a bad day or anything, just that the speed that felt normal was objectively slow. Very surprised with how long this took me. Yes, it's singletrack, and it was sunny warm, and I haven't really been training properly, but this was still a shockingly long time. (I ran 2:06 in the Grand Canyon trail half in November: doubletrack course, cool and shady, but at a higher elevation and with even less training!)
placing: finished 54th overall and 19thish woman. Looks like 146 finishers. First woman was just under 1:47.
post-race: The post-race party was held on the shaded patio of a local winery. We had a big crowd and drank slushy sangria.
I'd be pretty interested in doing this again, but I would vote heavily for an earlier start. A 7am start in April means a lot of people get a lot of sun.