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Monday, February 28, 2011

In the Doldrums of Winter

Well, it hasn't been that bad :), but I did have a rather rough week mentally coming off one of my best weeks of the year the week before.  The temperatures plummeted near the end of the week into single digits and we continued to get more snow.  Most all of my preferred routes in the mountains were shut down to anything but snowshoeing, so I did 4 out of my 6 runs on the road.  This week was a cut-back week of sorts in regards to mileage so it ended up looking like this:

6 runs
36.01 miles
6:03:24 h:m:s
4,657 ft gain

My most notable run was a relatively easy 8 miler on a snow covered dirt road on Sunday.  I never felt great all week, but I suppose your bound to have down weeks just like in anything else.  Alyssa and I have been fairly busy keeping up with our little guy, preparing for a new little one in March, and I've been taking on more responsibility at work.  This all contributes, I'm sure.  I do know that once the trails clear up, I'll have a problem in wanting to run too much, so all that is left is to enjoy the last bits of winter before things start to roll into spring. Until next time...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Snow and More Snow!

Well, it was a great week of running last week, but I was not prepared for all the snow we've been getting! This changed a few of my long run plans, but I still got out for some good runs and even put in some strong and fast efforts. This was my most mileage this year and I'm feeling better than ever. This weeks numbers:

6 Runs
46.02 miles
7:11:38 h:m:s
6,474 ft gain

Now for some pictures:

Zach and Junior on a nice easy run around town...stopping for some groceries on our way home from a 6 mile run.



At the summit of the Dooley Mt. grade on Saturday. It was snowing the entire way, but it was still early in the day, so we only had a few inches to deal with. Great 8 mile uphill run from the bottom.



The view of our backyard getting dumped on Saturday afternoon...my Sunday plans were getting rearranged.



The view from the bottom of Keating valley Sunday afternoon. We did a 12 mile road run because all the high country trails I had in mind were not runnable. Ended up be a very fast effort for me, especially this time of year, as I was able to do this 12.2 mile run in 1:38:34 (8:03/mile ave.) and it had a 900 ft climb in the middle of it.

Take care everyone and enjoy the last few weeks of winter. Spring is coming...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Late-Winter Long Run

I've been on a slow buildup of mileage since I re-started training the 1st of January. My first week of February I put in 37.53 miles and 5,512 ft of vertical and followed that up last week with 42.88 mi and 6,939 ft of vertical ending in a long run of 12 miles and 2,640 ft of vert.

I decided it would be nice to take some pictures and a few videos to share what longer runs in the higher mountains look like this time of year in Easter Oregon. It turned out to be a beautiful and exceptionally nice day, topping out at 50 degrees, which is somewhat rare this time of year.

Now for the pictures:

Just starting out up the road (road lasted only about .3 mi) Approx. 4000 ft Elevation


1st 3 mi. had heavy snowmobile traffic which makes the running relatively normal...this would change :).


Getting close to halfway, mileage-wise (approx 5,000 ft elevation)

My running buddies: Jack (black, boarder collie) and Jr. (white, Papillon mix). Both put in an impressive 27 miles this week, with Jr. putting in 21 miles in two days over the weekend.

My go to shoes this winter: Inov-8 X-Talon 190. The large lugs really help give some added confidence on the crusty snow/ice mix. Great shoes!

X-Talon prints next to puppy prints, still not punching through the snow yet.

At the top and happy to be out on such a nice day!

Take a look at the videos below:

This first one shows the snow conditions near the top (really the last mile or so of climbing). I must have had my hand over the mic, so the sound is all muffled and I didn't have it in landscape which looks much better when it is off my phone:




And this one has a clip from about 5,500 ft elevation and 5 miles in and one at the top 6,500 ft elevation and 6 miles:




Have a great week everyone. I encourage you to get outside in some way or another, the winter isn't so bad when you actually get out in it...now getting motivated to get out in the first place can be another story, but don't think about it, just go for it!