I quickly realized that my lofty notion of running a 100 miler in February was very unrealistic; I had neither the time nor the physical activity level to make that happen. Instead, I offered to pace someone during the race and have worked on ramping up my mileage and endurance. I have been doing my usual runs with baby hills but making more them go into Bommer Canyon, which adds some climbing. I have also been working on back-to-back double digit runs so that I am accustomed to running on tired legs. Last week my body screamed for rest and I obliged; Sunday I cut my planned run in half and cruised through Shady and Bommer Canyons.
|Sunday - "rest day"|
Monday I decided to take advantage of being off work and set out for a minimum of 16 miles; one big goal was to run through Bommer Canyon to Turtle Ridge, a newly opened trail. Before Monday, I had ventured up the single track switchbacks of Turtle Ridge until I hit my turnaround mileage (about the time my legs and lungs said no more) but never saw where the trail ends. For some insane reason, I decided to make my longest run in ages the toughest; the climb up Turtle Ridge felt never ending but the views were worth the climb and the ensuing return climb and long downhill back into Bommer. I tacked on some mileage by seeing where West Fork links Bommer Canyon to Laguna Wilderness Park and El Moro Canyon.
My legs were shot so I was happy to run home. The back-to-back runs made me feel so strong and happy; I am pushing myself running up hills more than I have in years and it feels awesome. I am not accustomed to running up hills as I used to power hike them; unfortunately, my right calf gets super knotted and painful and the run made that issue return. I believe I run uphill on my toes so I need to learn how best to run uphills; any advice?!