Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday, 11/03/11 Green Mountain/Local Run

Up/Down Front
4.01 miles/2,295 vert./1:04:12 RT (42:10up)/avg HR 167 Garmin Data


I got a surprise (but short) window of opportunity to get away from baby duty this morning, so the race was on for a lap on Green, knowing that I could get called back at any minute.  I sped to the Gregory lot from Louisville and got cranking up the trail, knowing that the faster I went, the better the chance I had of completing my run.  I was making OK time on the lower section (for the first ~10 minutes or so), but then conditions were such for a lot of slipping, even with Microspikes, so even though I kept the effort up, my splits got worse and worse as the snow deepened and became less tracked/consolidated.  2 switchbacks from the summit, I got the call to get back to the girls, but being 3 minutes from the top, there was no way I was going to turn around.

I wasted no time and pushed pretty hard on the down (though stopping a few times to answer a few "where are you and when are you getting back" calls, so the descent was probably more in the 20 minute range).  It was awesome to get out on a bright sunny midday (I even wore shorts despite the cool temps) with all the fresh new snow and I would guess there is close to 2 feet of snow (total from both storms) on the uppermost section of mountain.  Though the splits do not really reflect it, this was a pretty solid run in the snowy conditions.


Local baby jogger run
5.54 miles/296 vert./55:59/10:06 pace

This started off as an easy 2.5 mile walk/jog to the library and back in the late afternoon, but it was nice out and the girls fell sound asleep in the Chariot, so I extended it a bit so they could get in a good nap.  I would have even gone a few extra miles, but options were a bit more limited than normal today with the recent snow and I was wearing the wrong shoes for running paved miles (testing a pair of NB Trail Minimus).

Wednesday, 11/02/11 Green Mountain

Up Back/Down Front

4.79 miles/2,322 vert./1:35:54 (1:02up)/140 avg. HR Garmin Data

Met up with JP after work for a lap on Green in the fresh foot or so of fresh snow (at least there was that much or more on the upper 1/3 of the mountain).  There were a few tracks from those who had passed before us, but it was pretty loose and unconsolidated.  We went pretty casual the entire time, up and down, just enjoying an awesome (and very Winter feeling) late afternoon/evening.