TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Speed Training (& How long can you survive without water?)

Back to speed training today, but with a different approach.  At the suggestion of fellow trail runners, I’m starting off small.  Twenty minutes of speed work today.  And it was not pure hell.  In fact, it was kind of fun.  I chose a local bluff full of morning walkers who didn’t seemed too pleased with the new kid in town running their trail with weird speed bursts every 30 seconds.   I worked up quite a sweat then spent an additional forty-five minutes on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean doing my strengthening exercises which included plyometrics (jumping up onto the seat bench again and again). 

On another note, we’re back to cool weather in Southern California,Gala cheveux 007 which is perfect for the start of my speed training.  When our heat does return (because that’s a high probability, it’s only mid-September after all), here’s some interesting tidbits I found in The Worst-Case Scenario Almanac

ESTIMATED SURVIVAL TIME IN THE DESERT WITH LIMITED WATER

Resting in the Shade

Temperature No Water 3 liters 8 liters
122 F 2 – 5 days 3 – 5 days 3 – 5 days
86 F 5 days 5 – 8 days 14 days
68 F 12 days 14 days 23-25 days

Resting by Day, Walking at Night

Temperature No Water 3 liters 8 liters
122 F 1 day 2 days 3 – 5 days
86 F 4 days 5 days 5 – 7 days
68 F 9 days 10 – 15 days 10 – 15 days

4 comments:

  1. Well done for starting the speedwork! You are really training like crazy. Interesting facts about the water, especially with me just coming out of a bad dehydration experience.

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  2. Just watch 127 hours, I could not imagine running out of water.

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  3. Thanks Johann. Yes, water is an amazing thing. Kind of like fire. It can save your life, or it can kill you. Go figure. ; /

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  4. Yikes Jeremy. I can barely stand reading ABOUT that story. There's a recap in my Worst Case Scenario book that I read and cringed. I haven't seen the movie. Don't know if I can take it. : (

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