Thursday, April 23, 2009

shoring up eighteen

I ran an 18-miler up the Arroyo Seco today And brought food. I brought two little flat fruit roll type things. Each had 50 calories. I was a little worried that they would be hard on the stomach as I ran but they turned out to be great. They’re flat and pretty easy to store in a pocket. The shorts I wore today only had that little key pocket found in running shorts but still I was able to fit two fruit snacks and a chap-stick in there just fine (“is that a fruit roll in your pocket or…”) I ate one every 6 miles. Next time I’ll bring more so I can eat every 3 miles. I think that will help even more.

I also carried a 24ish-ounce Gator-drink which I refilled with water when I turned around at the halfway point. It was a cool, cloudy day, about 60 degrees, so that was just the right amount of fluid. Post run snack was cherry tomatoes followed by a bowl of cereal.

It’s encouraging to be feeling stronger over the last few miles of these long runs and recovering more quickly. I think this is my sixth 18er in about the last seven months. Each time they get a little easier. My plan is to get eighteen wired before attempting anything longer. I hope to be able to someday report on an “easy 18.” That would be awesome.

Four weeks until the Mt Wilson run so probably won’t go long again until after that. Instead I should focus on hills and speed and mountain-goat-agility.

2 comments:

Alaskan Assassin said...

I love the mountain-goat-agility ending. I could use a lot mmore of that. I could also use more long runs. I do not mind running for a long time in races but in training it is sometimes boring.

Jonah said...

I like the new name... "taking out course records one race at a time..."

Maybe... don't train, just run...

Introduce yourself to the native plants while you're out there. That will keep your mind occupied... Enjoying the sun, Lotus scoparius? Lovely evening, Miss Datura wrightii - my what beautiful flowers you have! Thanks for the shade Platanus racemosa...