Tuesday 05/03/11: 6.2 miles/44:04/112 vertical.
Snuck in a 6.2 miler on the way home on the Coal Creek path, as it was that or nothing. Mentally I had hopes of clicking off some low 6 minute miles with the new Garmin 305, but I quickly learned that a new watch does not make you run this stuff like Justin, George or Lucho. With no warm up, I started pushing a little right off the bat and my knees kind of hurt (from recent downhilling I think?), connective tissue in my lower right leg was feeling sore, I had some phantom pain in my left hip and of course my right achilles was acting up, more so than it had in a while. ~6:45-ish pace felt really easy from a conditioning standpoint, but my aches and pains were really messing with my head and I was having a terrible time. With each passing mile, my outlook and pace degraded and I was just forcing it, especially after I ran out of trail and found myself knick knacking along a road, an incomplete concrete path and then through a school bus parking area/pavement incineration factory.
Wednesday 05/04/11: Green Mountain up/down Amphi/Saddle/Greenman. 4.04 miles/2,281 vert./59:40 RT (35:19 up/24:21 down.
After my lame run the day before, I was questioning taking more time off to bike, but the call of Green was too strong. Short on time, I opted for the front side. Oddly, my achilles felt great and I pushed a bit harder than I have been doing as of late, nothing gut busting, but a solid workout. Took the descent pretty easy as my downhill conditioning/confidence is taking a while to come back. This run just felt awesome in every way.
Also tested the Hoka Bondi B for the first time on a technical trail after trading e-mails with GZ and Justin the day before and am contemplating using them for the PPM as Dave has suggested. They felt really light, accurate and solid on the up, much more so than the Mafate, but I question how stable they will be ripping downhill and if traction will be sufficient for the lower Barr Trail. The verdict is still out, but they are in the running with the La Sportiva Crosslite 2.0 and the Montrail Rogue Racer.
Thursday 05/05/11: Green Mountain up/down Gregory/Ranger. 5.28 miles/2,355 vertical/2:36 RT (1:25 up/1:10 down).
Family day on Green. I carried Isabelle, Allison carried Amelie and Sierra led the way. Very easy up and down with lot's of stops and a long break on the summit. The girls really seemed to enjoy it and the warmer weather felt great, made it feel very relaxed. This was Amelie's first trip up Green and Isabelle's second (her first trip was back in January when it was snowy/icy).
In the afternoon, I mowed the lawn and wore the Garmin, .81 miles in 38 or so minutes. My PR for this route is in the low 20's though (this was the first mow of the year and was slow with raking and picking up dog poop).
Garmin mowing data.