Lake Isabelle

Lake Isabelle

Friday, May 30, 2008

Green Mountain

5 miles
2,400 vertical
33:50up/56:30 RT

Had an awesome run this morning up Green via Amphitheater/Saddle Rock/Greenman, sticking to the main trail and no shortcutting whatsoever. My goal was to go quick enough to beat my time of 37:56 from yesterday and to maintain quick turnover and avoid any big step ups (just focus on efficiency). I was not at all serious this morning.

As I went along, I noticed that my time checks were not too shabby, but was not paying too close attention. The upcoming trail was passing in review quickly and I knew I was moving really well despite not giving it 100%. About 2/3rds of the way up, I realized that my time was 4-5 minutes faster than the previous day! I could not believe my eyes and started to bump up the pace a bit knowing that I could PR. I THINK my previous best is 35:35 on that route sticking to the trail, but I would have to research that number. Also the trail has changed a bit since, but I don’t think it is a 1:45 difference, maybe 30 seconds max? I think it helped to start at a reasonable pace and maintain/increase as I went, vs. burning myself too soon which I have been guilty of in the past.

(As an aside, I was wearing clunky road shoes, hiking shorts and had not yet sat in the bathroom.)

6 comments:

  1. JV ... keep at it ... balance, hard workouts, easy workouts, good diet, hydration, and some flat work. You are going to rip it this year.

    GZ

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  2. Jeff, I enjoy reading your blog, along with GZ's. You guys train HARD! Jeff, your time up Green today is smokin fast. Do you start the clock at Chataqua? No warm-up? Wow.
    I'm planning a long run in BMP's tomorrow.

    Kraig

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  3. Thanks guys.

    Kraig, I parked at the stone bridge at base of Flag, so my warmup was very brief. I am finding as I get older, I do need to warm up a bit more, but for some reason I did OK today without a warmup.

    I started my watch at the Gregory TH and stopped it at the summit post.

    Kraig, are you running Evans? I thought I saw your name when I was scanning for people who can kick my ass. I am running it on Sunday if you are interested in joining.

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  4. Kraig - what are you doing in BMP tomorrow and when. Maybe we can hook up.

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  5. Jeff-
    Yes, I'm sign up for Evans, but the way you are running, I doubt I can even be close. I haven't broken 40 min on Green in years.
    GZ-
    I'll be at the south mesa trail at 7AM. I plan on Tohee-Shadow-SBP-BearPK-Fern-Mesa-Chat-Greg-Ranger-Green Mtn-Greenbear-BearCanyon-Mesa back to south mesa trailhead. Should be around 4 hrs. Hope to see you, if not, let me know what you guys are doing next week and I'll try to hook up.

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  6. Helluva trip you got planned there Kraig ... more like the BBasic! Not in my bag for tomorrow, but hopefully soon.

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