I had the pleasure of attending the TNF EC 50 mile in San Francisco this past weekend. I accompanied my girlfriend, Kelsey Gray, as she tossed herself into the mix with the best ultrarunners around. She had an incredible run, and I'll let her tell the tale in her own time. From a fan/pacer/cheerleader standpoint, this was an incredible experience. I saw an area of the country I've never seen before, enjoyed some quality travel time, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing Kelsey run the latter half(ish) of her race. She impressed the hell out of me, especially on the downhills. She's tough as nails, and pretty damned polite even when she's in pain. I'll hang around for more fun/laughing/adventure/de-mirroring of rental cars if she'll have me.
Enough gushing. I'm grossin' y'all out with my being all affectionate and what not.
|obligatory Golden Gate Bridge photo.|
|Nobody fell off any cliffs, which is nice.|
|Twin Peaks. Giant City.|
Training for this particular journey will require a little creativity. Pacing at TNF will likely be my sole mountain run before heading to the Highline trail. How does one cover 11,500' of technical climbing and descending when living in the midwest? Running mountains would be the best thing because it would train specific muscles, build strength in specific muscles and be more fun, but such is life.
What does one need to run fast in technical mountain trails?
-High VO2 max
-Enough fast twitch muscle to dodge rocks.
A list titled "things I need to work on" would look a lot like this, so I guess I'll have to take some sort of "cross training" approach. I need power, but sustained power for climbing. I need strength, but sustained strength to bomb long downhills. Fitness is fitness, and I think I can attain it if I keep moving and remember to run fast.
Ah, fuckit I'll just run a lot with a lot of people and do hill repeats.
Oh, right. The documenting of miles. I'll do that next week.
Keep your heads up.