It’s 19 days till the Mount Washington Road Race. Holy cow! How did that happen?!?!
I thought it was time to give a training update.
In a word, things are good.
After my aching back and piriformis issue a few weeks ago, I’m back to feeling normal. I’m running paces that I haven’t seen in awhile (and effortlessly which is a real surprise) and my weekly mileage is up into the low to mid 30s.
I’ve been trying to run the hilliest routes I can find around town for the majority of my runs. For someone who used steer clear of the big hills, I now have grown to kind of like the challenge. And what once used to seem like a quad and lung burner hill isn’t even noticeable now. Well, it’s noticeable but not THAT noticeable. Now that’s a good feeling!
Over the past two weeks, I’ve done two trail runs that had serious up-ness. I’m really enjoying trails right now. It makes me feel like a kid again. I’m definitely interested in exploring more trails and maybe a few races this summer. Am I ditching road running? Absolutely not!
Last weekend it was the Mt. Major sunrise run with Sarah. There were a few steep sections that had me sucking wind and unable to do more than a power hike than run. Overall I felt good during. Of course, the ultimate run-rise view makes a 3:45 wake up time worth any amount of climbing. However, my legs were totally trashed for 4 days afterwards from the descent. Good thing we aren’t allowed to run down Washington. I can’t imagine what that would feel like!
Yesterday I tackled Gunstock Mountain. Karin, Robin and I did a combination of a steep maintenance road and single track trails with a 9%-25% grade for a total of 1200 feet of elevation gain. The 9% wasn’t bad. Not entirely enjoyable but not bad. I could still run or something that resembled a run because at times I felt like I could walk faster than I was running. But I told myself to keep running, pump those arms and move!
The 25%, however, was a beast. As it should be because it’s 25%. Combine that with loose gravel and that it was raining, it makes for some messy running, er, hiking because who runs at 25% grade? Even with trail shoes, I lost traction a few times.
With 19 days till race day, I’ve still got a lot of work to do. However, the consensus from those who have done Mount Washington before is that you are never going to be ready. It’s a beast. There’s no section that’s easy or a place where you can recover on flat ground. It’s all up for 7.6 miles. Why am I doing this again? Because it’s fun!!!
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