Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday, 10/23/11 Green PR

From Chautauqua
Up 3rd access/NE/Greenman
Down Greenman/NE/Saddle/Amphi
4.17 miles/2,446 vert./1:01:34 (38:50 up)/165 avg. HR Garmin Data

My legs were feeling heavy and sluggish and I was planning on taking a day off, but after leaving the office to grab some lunch and seeing what an amazingly perfect day it was, I figured I would get out for a casual hike/run on Green.

Started from Chautauqua, barely mustering up a run on the crowded and seemingly steep trail.  Once I hit the trail junction (~7 minutes even), I realized that I was moving better than I thought, just as I started to feel like I was getting into a groove and upped the tempo a bit.  ~8 at the next junction, 10 at the base of the 2nd, 20 to hit the social trail behind the 3rd and then I made good time and efficient route choices above on the way to the NE ridge.

Once I hit the NE ridge, I was able to keep a good running pace all the way to the summit, where I PR'ed for the route by 47 seconds at 38:50.

I started thinking about breaking 1:00 for the RT and even though I did not feel 100% as I started down, I figured I would fake it for as long as I could.  I was cruising fast down the NE ridge and I had the classic thought "OK, I am moving pretty decent" and then whoops, my foot slid out and I took a pretty good digger, probably the best yet, but was able to skip out of it with only minor scratches.  This stifled my confidence a bit and I had trouble regaining a good rhythm, but still made decent time.

Once on the lower part of Amphitheater, I knew there was no way I could make it back in less than 2:30, but I pushed for all I was worth anyways and clocked a 1:01:34.  Not under an hour, but I was reasonably happy all things considered and felt like I worked for it pretty hard.


  1. I thought of you on my run today. My 4 Crosses climb is right up your alley, it's Sanitas but sort of back woods. Plus looking over at the peaks in the Coal Creek Mountain Park... it has your (our) name written all over it.

  2. 4 crosses on the list for me too.

    Nice running JV. Not a route I'd typically take but many roads lead to the summit.