TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

My Second-To-Last Long Run Before The Taper

Yesterday, I stressed somewhat over today’s long run.  Why?  Not so much the distance, though I knew 28 miles would be difficult in the Saddleback Mountains.  I stressed because weather forecasts reported 107 F (approximately 42 C).  And guess what!  It was 107 degrees according to reports this afternoon.  Thank God for some breezes.  And I was also very fortunate to have company on this blazing hot run.  Cody L.  woke at 2:30 AM to make the drive to meet me at 5:30 for this 6:00 AM training run.  He’s running Twin Peaks also, but being that he lives in another county, he hasn’t had the chance to train much in The Saddleback Mountains.

We ran 2 fourteen mile loops (A Holy Jim/Main Divide/West Horse Thief loop).  First we ran it clockwise back to the truck which we used as our aid station.  After fluid refills and a snack (or two) we headed off on the same loop, except this time counter-clockwise.  Climbing Horse Thief in the heat was brutal.  I was aiming for brutal.  I wanted to take Horse Thief on tired legs in the heat to see how long it might take me in the race.  (Today, we hit Horse Thief at about mile 17; Twin Peaks we’ll go up at mile 32!) Overall, the second loop was nearly unbearable for me because of the heat.  I took all precautions and didn’t suffer from heat exhaustion though.  I’m learning. Smile   

We made it back, alive and kicking.  Well, maybe not exactly kicking.  I felt fine, just exhausted, driving Cody back to his car.  He was still smiling and even still looking forward to Twin Peaks.  “We need to run it faster,” he said to me as we chatted about today’s run. 

“You think?” I responded almost deliriously and then busted up laughing.  He’s a good guy (half my age by-the-way), it’s endearing to see someone so carefree and looking so dang forward to this race.  I’m on the other hand, pretty much scared to death!

LOL.  So why do I do it?  I guess I’m just crazy. 

And on to the pics, with some additional information . . .

Running The Main Divide (for the first time, before the heat really set in):

Group shot standing at the top of West Horse Thief before a rocky run down to finish up loop one:

Running down West Horse Thief:

Heading off for loop #2 with a drenched bandana on my head:

Trabuco Trail:

Cody headed toward Horse Thief with my San Juan 50k t-shirt wrapped around his head for sun protection (he forgot his hat : )

Running Main Divide, eager for the down hill / semi-shady trip on Holy Jim:

The crazy profile:Running Double loop Saddleback Mountains 9-15-2012, Elevation - Distance

10 comments:

  1. Nothing else can be said except "Wow." That is all.

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    1. Thanks for reading Glenn. I was so happy when it was over!

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  2. Those loops in that heat? ((bows down)) Dang.

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    1. Thanks Rachel. I'm just hoping it will make me stronger for Twin Peaks.

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  3. I was looking forward to this post in particular. I'm calling it now. This run puts you over the top. You are ready!!!

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    1. Thanks Hank. I WISH SO MUCH that I had your confidence. I do not feel ready. Hope to see you there!

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  4. Holy cow, very impressive for the heat of that day.

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    1. Thanks Adam. I can't believe it myself!

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  5. Dude made a hat out of a shirt. Sounds like a young MacGyver to me.

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    1. He definitely is a young MacGyver. He has a lot of gumption too, and if gumption can get a runner through Twin Peaks Ultra, he will finish!

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