Tuesday, March 6, 2007

without a map and enough water...

...and before I know it, my planned 12-15 miler turned into an 18 miler. Actually it was about 18.6 though Garmin recorded only a part of that since I keep forgetting to restart the damn timer after I take a little break. I wasn't quite sure how long it would take me to do 15 trail miles, but I only planned to be out there about 3 hours. I ended up being on the trails for four.

Anyway, this run is a test for me to see if I can go the longer distance. I'm considering doing the SJT50K in about a month, but before this, my longest race had been the PS Half-Marathon. My plan was to get up early this morning so that I'd be out on the trail by about 6-6:30. Well, when my alarm went off and I lay in bed, I was thinking that there was no one waiting for me so I decided to sleep in a bit. I ended up starting at 8am, just a tad bit late on a weekday.

My strategy on this run was to try to keep my heart rate down to around 155bpm; that's about 86% of my max HR taking my age into account. Do the math. I was doing pretty well with it, except for the uphill. I was testing to see if it would be more efficient for me to jog the uphills or walk them. For the steeps, I decided that the only option is to walk, while I can jog slowly up the gradual inclines. My HR was hovering around 165 to 170.

Oh, I did see a baby snake sunning itself on the trail. That was a nice surprise though it actually startled me. Wish I had my camera.

To make a long recap short, I felt ok except for the last 3 or so miles to get back from the El Moro Ranger Station to my car parked at Newport Coast at the end of Bommer Ridge Trail. I had to add extra mileage to this run since I made a couple of wrong turns earlier in the run and had to backtrack. I also made a decision to drop down to the ranger station to fill up my water bottles since I was running out. It was hot and my legs weren't used to the mileage. I was hungry and dehydrated, and even though I filled my two water bottles, I quickly guzzled the water down. I barely ran the rest of the way since it was mostly uphill. On the flats, I tried to jog, but even that became an ordeal for me. I eventually made it back to my car, and while I was jogging along the path lining the gazillion dollar homes and admiring them, I couldn't get over how perfectly manicured this part of the trail was.

I noticed that my feet don't hurt like they used to when I trained for my marathons when I did my long runs on pavement. when I got home, I took a cold shower over my legs to try to simulate a cold water bath. That didn't last long. A hot shower after this long strenuous run was in order. Final average HR was 157bpm.

2 comments:

~nattie~ said...

nice job on a long run! now you have to set your garmin to stop and restart automatically upon rest stops... and the 'back to start' feature can come in handy as well. seems like a nice run. i like those trails, but still haven't figured out how to get to the ranger station from our end at newport coast...

e-rod said...

yeah, i gotta figure out how to do the auto stop/start with that garmin. i remembered what you told me about the back to start feature, but i think i pressed "lap" and it was only taking me back a mile. damn technology. one of these days i can show you how to get from newport coast to the ranger station... real easy.