So I fueled up with a little breakfast, threw some extra clothes in the truck, and hit the road. As we have mentioned in the past, ad nauseum, no matter what time of day or what day of the week, there is usually wind at Greenland. No different today, and it was a cold wind. And I forgot liner gloves. So as is the routine, roll off at the traditional race start at the gate for the Territorial Road and bore down straight into the teeth of the wind. For 3.5 miles. It was good today though. I have been a bit nervous because I have basically a "non-plan" plan for getting ready for a race. Having no background in "real" running, we know nothing of periodization, track workouts, Arthur Lydiard, blah blah blah blah.... Basically we run to have fun, do some hard tempo runs, some of which are on similar terrain to the race course, and see where the chips fall. Scoff if you want, but when it is a bluebird sky day and we're out running delicious ribbons of singletrack and you can't because it is your 12x400x600x3000 or whatever, who is happier :))
Anyhoo, back to running. I felt good on the doubletrack out, almost too good. I hit Kipp's at 7:37 avg, the saddle at 7:50 avg, Greenland cutoff at 7:31 avg, then in to the finish - 8 miles, 59:00 and 7:22 avg. Then
BTW, I wore the Saucony Kinvara for the hot loop. Not sure if it has adequate tread for the sand, but man it sure flowed nicely as far as I could tell. My plan all along was to race in the Peregrine, but now I am waffling. At 2.5 ounces less per shoe, it may not be such a bad idea. Any suggestions pro or con???
Done! And feeling pretty good too!
Greenland OPEN Space, with Pikes Peak in the distance
Spruce Mountain on the left with Noe Road rolling away
So there is the profile for the full lap...
...and my splits
Working on the Pagosa Springs post - it should be up tonight or tomorrow with some sweet pics of Springtime in the Rockies! Also wanted to get an early "Good Luck" out there for next week at Greenland - Ace and Brad running the 50k, and Craig running the 8 miler - should be good times out on course!