OK! On the training plan this spring is a relay! Never done a relay. Looking FWD to something new. The Sasquatch 50k is in southern Oregon on some amazing trails I’ve ridden a couple times. I’ve always thought about how great this area would be to run. Now I’m committed!
I’ve decided to train for a fast half marathon. 15 weeks out now and slowly building speed to challenge myself, my time and mind.
I’ve been dealing with sore feet a bit, a mild case of plantar fasciitis and figured after the Mt Ashland Hill Climb it would be good to take some time off and heal up 99 to 100%! Well after six months off running, but still walking, stretching and MTB, I went for a run. It felt really good to be back out on a trail in the misty early morning.
I wore a newer pair of shoes (Altra Lone Peak 3) and ran for about 30 mins. All is good. I can say I still feel stiffness in my feet, but not a hint of plantar strain. I’ll take it slow getting back into the swing of it. My mind and body wanted to keep running, but I’ll be curbing my enthusiasm and progress slowly and keep checking in with my body. Besides progressing slowly, I am going to switch shoes up every run. I’ll wear minimal xero sandals, Lone Peak (2 and 3), Superior 2 and a pair of Nike Terra Kiger 3 footwear. A wise runner told me his cure was to rest and then switch up shoes a lot… I’m taking that advice.
If all goes well, this spring I’ll jump on a 30k and a 50k, late summer hopefully that 100k is in the bag and next year… well, we’ll see what I end up doing.
So I’ve been a bit out of the running scene. I’ve managed to have a slight pain in my Plantar, so I haven’t been putting in the miles… I wasn’t going to do this race even though I signed up for it 6 months before with all the ambition in the world to dominate myself in it. I just hadn’t been feeling like stressing my feet more than I should and end up with some kind of “life long debilitating deal” that will not allow me to continue a semi-active life… After watching every known yoga video and physical therapist on YouTube talking about Plantar Fasciitus, I took full responsibility to heal up as well as I could and just maybe run this race. I stopped running long distances in mid June and began stretching, massaging and strengthening my feet as best I could. I ran shorter distances in a variety of shoes and even a few runs in my Xero 4mm sandals to keep my feet strong and flexible.
August 10th, 2016, I wasn’t going to run it. August 13th, 2016 I showed up with all the other runners to get jazzed up to run uphill for 3 hours (for me at least)! I call this my couch to half marathon. I did it. I finished and that was my goal. Hopefully next year I can actaully have miles on my feet before this race and best myself by 30 mins or so. If you want a good challenge, check out the Mount Ashland Hillclimb run!
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I’ve been running for the better part of a year now and am really enjoying it. Since the start of this path in my life, I’ve set goals. My first goal was to run a 10K, so I signed up for and ran the Santa Cruz Trail Run. Next I was set on running a half marathon (13.1 miles), so I found one while in Grants Pass and ran it, though I’ve completely given up on road running since finding the flow in the woods! Next up was the 30K. I had been running long runs in the 20 mile range, this fit in just perfectly and the trail is amazing, so I thought I’d share the loop. If you are a trail runner, this is a super fun race to get in on. They even have a 50k if you are inclined.
The first 1 mile or so is flat and mellow, then it heads up hill for the next 2.5 miles. Mile 2 is the rocky section with a bunch of baby heads and looser large rocks. I would say this trail is not for the “unstable” runner, especially on the way back down. My favorite section of this trail happens as you hit mile 2.3 or so. It turns around the west side of the mountain and into a forested / tree covered section of the trail. I’ve seen Eagles fly out of here in the morning as I’m slogging along. Once you reach the last turn before the summit you are welcomed again to a wide open view of the valley’s below on both sides of Bolt Mountain. By the way, I ran with a handheld 20oz water bottle, but was out of water when I got back to the car. There is no drinking water around that I know of…
FYI, This is a multi-use trail. I’ve seen and ridden bikes on it, though I have yet to see anyone on a horse.
I run 3 to 4 days a week to stay in decent shape. I work with computers 5 days a week, plus a long evening often on the weekend with some of my own projects which often negates the amount of exercise I get. Needless to say, I am connected to the max!
Leaving my phone behind and going for a run by myself was… liberating!
I’ll be doing it again for sure. Music is great, podcasts are great, and so is listening to your breath in a meditative way. If you haven’t gotten out for exercise computer free in a while, do it. Liberate your life for 30 minutes… maybe an hour?! It’s refreshing. It’s light. It’s …. you make it up. Just go do it.
After running the 10k in Santa Cruz, I wanted to keep going by upping the miles, so I visited the half marathon training plan Hal Higdon has and stuck to it for the next few months. I was running more hills than the Grants Pass half marathon had in it, so I felt I would do just fine. I was pumped to again get to experience all the energized folks at the race. We took off from the All Sports Park (Reinhart Park) on a cold (I wore a thin patagonia wool base layer) morning and ran into town and then out Lower River Road. A few miles of the run you are on the Rogue River, then you cruise into some large farmlands before turning up to Upper River Road and the mostly down and flat few miles back to Reinhart Park.
I am not sure yet at what pace to start and to keep in order to run my max speed and have energy for the whole length. Running around 8 minute miles for me on the road seemed doable, so I stuck to it and surprised myself a bit. Races seem to suck more out of you without you knowing it :). This was yet another great race and fun experience!