Sunday, April 25, 2010

Squamish - 6.5 hour training run!!!

The Biostatistics final exam was Thursday and we took great pleasure this weekend boxing up the notes and cleaning up my study. The last few months of work, school and of course running have been a full on effort. Ahh but nothing good comes easy!! We started the weekend with a 4AM rise on Saturday to volunteer at a local trail run. Andy joined Neil and I to pre-sweep the course and add more markers as appropriate. This course is the most well marked trail run I have ever seen. They don't quite do the same with ultra events (and yes I have been lost a few times!) Neil and Andy did an awesome job of placing the trail markers as I ran ahead and pointed to where I thought they should go.;-) It was a very wet cold morning so I needed to keep running to try to stay warm. My nickname soon became "princess" where would you like the next one? It was a fun outing. Once back we quickly took the wet clothes off and warmed up in the car. It was interesting going from so cold to warm I fell asleep in the car on the drive home. We were only out there for 2.5 hours. Perhaps it was the 4AM wake up. Today we were up early too to drive to Squamish to join Wendy, Bill and Jess for a long run. We have been keeping up with about 50-60 km/week but with shorter runs during the week with back to back weekend runs of 2.5-3hours. We really needed to ramp it up on the long runs. Wendy is very familiar with the trails in Squamish and planned an awesome outing for us today. We were out there for 6.5 hours and covered lots of ground with good climbs, downhills, technical terrain and amazingly I felt good and was still able to run at 6.5 hours. I was pleased and realized that although I haven't had the time to participate in any long events in the last few months my weekly mileage has probably given me a good base. Wendy is keen to to join us for long back to backs taking us right up to West Highland Way. It is what it is and we will do what we can do!!
Great run today - thanks Wendy, Bill, Jess and Neil we discovered some awesome trails!

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