Sunday, June 22, 2008

2008 GTR 100 Training Diary - 6/22 - Buckets of Rain


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The goal today was to get in 6-7 hours of good hill work. The key to running 100s for us middle-to-back of the back folks (and even for the top runners) is knowing when and how to power-walk. I've run plenty of races where the folks power-walking the hills in the early stages of the race blow by those who made the errant decision to run every single hill. I've even seem some amazing power-walkers who, at the end of races, power-walk at a faster clip then some of the runners who are actually running. My good friend Meredith, for example, is a phenomenal power-walker. On the road portion of the JFK-50 Mile Race last year, she was power-walking past everyone on the hills !

So, today at Rockies started well. I was able to sleep in until 6:00 A.M. (yes, that is sleeping in for me) and started my run at 7:30 A.M. I knew that 4 hours into my adventure Kristen would join me to help easy any pain over the last 2-3 hours. I had no idea what we were ultimately in for.

The first 2-3 hours went pretty well for me. I was able to keep a good enough pace on the flats and downhills to hold a steady 10 minute-per-mile pace with power-walking the uphills. During the 3-4 hour range I got a little tired and felt my legs giving in a bit. I met Kristen 4 hours into the run, and then all hell broke loose. Within 20-30 minutes the skies opened up. Loud crashes of thunder....lightning....crazy downpours.....it was insane. At one point we stopped by a tree to figure out what we were going to do - rain and thunder aren't issues to me, but when the lightning strikes, especially sky to ground strikes, that's when I say enough is enough.

As we decided what to do next, the rains came down at an unbelievable pace, completely dousing us - soaking us to the bone. We found shelter under a stone bridge where we met a woman who had to take shelter as well. She had an umbrella, but it was no good in this. The thunder and lightning was right on top of us. Things seemed to slow down a bit, so we decided to make our way pack to the main parking lot. We got about a mile before we had to again take shelter in a barn, this time for nearly 30 minutes. I felt as if I were in the movie Twister, when they go in the barn to take shelter from the tornado. We met another family in the barn - they had a little baby who must have been no more then a year old, but was so very, very calm. Our other lady-friend with the umbrella found her way to the barn as well, soaking wet.

Finally things let up enough for us to make our way back to the parking lot. Thunder and lightning continued, and is still happening as I type this diary entry. Although I had to cut the run short, I did get 31 miles in and it was such a fun adventure with my friend Kristen. We often seem to find ourselves in crazy situations when running, including getting lost once (for a little bit). Today we found ourselves drenched by the buckets of rain.

The streak continues - 17 straight days of running and/or cross training and/or weight training. This week also was the second straight week of surpassing 50 running miles (58.80 to be exact).

Now I can relax, have a few beers to make Jess (happy belated 3-year blogoversary Jess !)proud, and hopefully watch the Azzurri beat Spain in Euro 2008 !

12 comments:

  1. HOLY SHEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You got some good running in prior to the rain, but, wow. what a mess. our rain has not come, maybe tomorrow?

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  2. Great job getting through today. Not an easy day, especially once the weather turned south. Keep up the good work!

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  3. Yeah homie ITA agree with you on the walkers. We saw some race walk 10K at a 5K I ran awhile back. Ummm yeah, a lot of them can walk faster than I could RUN a 10K. OUCH!

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  4. Sweeet "Rain" of mine :-) Way to go & Nice miles logged!!

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  5. your giving me the itch to try the consecutive day thing, I bet it's hard to skip once you are on a roll like that!

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  6. Congrats on the streak, thanks on the shout out, great job with the beers, and nice job getting through that rain! Phew! That was a lot to comment on.

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  7. anthony ---great job on that running streak!!! 17 days is FAB. The rain missed us up in Fairfield but I would have welcomed it -we had sun and 100 percent humidty. Too bad it came right now on top of you -my parents said that it deluged in Nj yesterday a.m.--so much that it was scary...

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  8. Sounds like an absolute blast and I am proud of you on the mileage. Great job, Tony!!

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  9. I'm sure at some point we'll meet up at a race or for a training run. The Hartford NF course is a little easier than the Bear Mtn. NY course! :) Great job with the training!

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  10. That sounded like the F5 version of t-storms. Yikes! Glad you got some mileage in before all hell broke loose. You are so right about the power walking -- a skill learned and yet seemingly ignored in the heat of the moment during trail races.

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  11. That is one wet workout, great job considering all the weather. Best of luck at GTR, I might be there next year for the 50.

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  12. I made it back home (from my much shorter run) just before the heavens let loose. I have to admit, I kinda love the fact that you "took shelter in a barn". It's priceless :)

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