Ok, so it’s been over a month since I’ve made a post. This is not a surprise. Why?
Since my last post, I’ve:
Spent a week in Barbados for a work meetup.
Spent a weekend at WordCamp Minneapolis.
Spent 8 days in Portland for new home scouting/vacation and a work conference.
Got sick two separate times – once due to an allergy-related sinus infection, then getting a cold on top of the allergies. DO NOT RECOMMEND.
Family gatherings (Easter).
Moving prep (OMG).
Due to the travel, I didn’t stick to my training regime as strictly as I should have. I did well in Barbados, and did fuck-all in Portland other than two runs under 3 miles. Then being sick made me want to die and not run whatsoever.
Since I hadn’t run in over a week, any distance I had built up was basically lost. The longest “run” I’ve done to date is 9 miles. I say “run” because it was mostly running with pauses to stretch out stiff leg muscles and walking for 30-60 seconds when I got winded.
My last half back in 2010, my longest run had only been 10 miles, however, I had been logging in ~25-35 mi/week at the same time. The past two weeks I’ve been barely scraping above 15 mi/week. Considering the half is 13.1 miles, this is not good.
Now, in order to even finish the race, I’m going to have to use the Galloway plan for running this half. Well, more run/walk the half. Planning on the 3:1 run/walk to start out, but I might be none:all run/walk by the end. I’m pissed because I had been doing great with my training and was en route to having a PR in the half, and now I’m going to be lucky if I finish under 3 hours. 😦
What huge bummer. But, there’s not much I can do at this point – other than to never travel again during training.
Will post the recap after this weekend. Wish me luck!
“On January 15, 2014, Alex Honnold free-soloed El Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) in El Portrero Chico, Mexico in a little over 3 hours. The climb rises 2,500 feet to the summit of El Toro. It could be the most difficult rope-less climb in history.”
What they don’t mention is that the climb is a 5.12d (using the Yosemite Decimal System) – as a former climber1, when I was at the top of my game, I could do some 5.10 climbs, but even then, those were top-roped and only 60ft and in the controlled environment of a climbing gym. And those climbs kicked my ass routinely.
But to climb a 5.12d in three hours, outside, and ropeless2? Honnold has balls of titanium.
——– 1 – I used to live closer to an amazing indoor climbing gym. But now I live too far away to go the 2-3x week I used to. Going once every few months you don’t retain any of your strength or skill, so I just stopped going.
2 – Ropeless = no rest. If your arms/hands are pumped out (overworked arms become weak and burn with lactic acid buildup), having the rope allows you to lean back and shake your arms out for a minute or two. Granted, he can still do this, but only one arm at a time, while the other one hangs on. Jeebus.
My friend E sympathized and said this was why she packed her gym bag obsessively every night (she goes to the gym at zero-dark-thirty) so that doesn’t happen. But I only take ONE THING to the gym aside from myself: my running shoes.
In the winter months, I don’t wear my running shoes to the gym because of the salt and snow. Besides, most gyms will not let you use their machines if your shoes are wet. Thus, I wear my regular shoes to the gym, then change into my running shoes in the locker room.
Besides, if it’s not winter, I’m running outside!
When I got there today and realized I didn’t have my shoes…I felt like such a bonehead. Mainly because I am a bonehead. I had grabbed my shoes, but apparently I set them on the floor when I put my coat on and neglected to pick them back up. They were sitting there mocking me when I got back home. Stupid shoes.
Here’s hoping attempt #2 after work will go more smoothly. Fingers crossed!