Sunday, August 3, 2008

Altitude Training Part 4

Yesterday's run was really nice. I was looking forward to it all week and it didn't disappoint. The weather was perfect! It was chilly enough when I started that I needed a long sleeved shirt over my tank top. By the time I finished, I believe it was in the low 80's (warm enough to be glad I was wearing a tank top). I know a lot of runners are dealing with icky heat and humidity right now and I feel fortunate to have spent a week in a wonderful mountain paradise.

Distance: 10.05 miles
Time: 1 hour 42 minutes
Pace: 10:10/mile
Elevation: 7174 to 6749 back to 7174 (I love the Garmin!)

I ran from Bear Mountain Ski Resort down to the lake. I ran along the lake for a while and it was really peaceful. There were several people fishing along the shore of the lake. When I ran over to the North Shore Pedal Path, I saw a lot of walkers enjoying the beautiful morning. There weren't a lot of runners, surprisingly. I only passed one other pair of runners during my ten mile run.

If anyone reading this is ever planning on running the Big Bear Marathon, my hat goes off to you!!! I had thought it might be fun, but not only is it on my son's birthday, it is also going to be REALLY HARD. I ran part of the marathon route during my run. Specifically, mile 7.5 to 9.5 or so is the same road as mile 18-20 on the marathon. After eight miles, that hill was hell. I can't even imagine running up that at mile eighteen!

So my altitude training is done. I am back home in San Diego. It is definitely hotter here. I am happy that I was able to wake up and get four runs in while on vacation. I must really be dedicated (or crazy). I remember when vacation meant sleeping in!

2 comments:

RunnerMom said...

Wow, that's dedication. You got in more runs on your vacation than I get in on a normal week!

I liked reading about your "stadium workout" at the waterpark. Been there, .....

tgorourke said...

Glad to hear you had a good time on your vacation! Big Bear looks to be gorgeous, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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