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Trying The 50 Mile Distance…Again.

Although I fell behind my training schedule for Sean O’Brien due to the bike accident, I managed to pull together four solid weeks of running.
Distance: 322.64 mi
Time: 57:12:54 h:m:s
Elevation Gain: 67,823 ft
Max Elevation Gain: 7,492 ft
Max Time: 4:55:08 h:m:s

I feel confident I can finish the race in under 9:30:00 based on my training. I would estimate a better finishing time, but I was unable to go on a 5+ hour/30+ mile run. So, all I can hope for is to run a gritty race. Two weeks ago I ran the back half of the course as a training run and was physically beaten by the amount of downhill running. I’d like to think all those runs up and down Mt. Wilson Toll Rd. has prepared me well.

I think I’ve been a responsible eater most of the time. I made sure to eat a recovery snack post-run (mostly in the form of a smoothie) and calorie/nutrient dense food most meals. I hydrated fairly well, being conscious to drink water first thing in the morning and intermittently during runs. I haven’t had any major stomach problems and have dialed in my race day nutrition plan. I’ll be using GU gels, Nuun tablets, and Probar chews. My mindset has been to eat for energy; food as fuel. It’s helped me stay focus and limit junk food.

Seven more days until I toe the line. I have goals for the race and none bigger than to keep moving forward no matter what happens or how I feel at any time. Big question is, music or no music?

The course and elevation profile:

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January 2 – January 8, 2012 Weekly Recap

Weekly Totals
Miles: 44.98
Elevation Gain: 12,115 ft.
Elevation Loss: 12,209 ft.
Moving Time: 9:44:18 h:m:s

Monday – Henninger/Idlehour
Miles: 10.0
Elevation Gain: 2,899 ft.
Elevation Loss: 2,899 ft.
Moving Time: 1:53:14
Nutrition: GU (Pineapple Roctane), water
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/138512831
Ran with Burgos (www.talkrun.com). Out and back. Hot.

Wednesday – Henninger/Echo Mt.
Miles: 16.11
Elevation Gain: 4,317 ft.
Elevation Loss: 4,402 ft.
Moving Time: 3:13:53
Nutrition: GU (Cherry Lime, Jet Blackberry), banana bread, mandarin orange, water
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/138991380
Decided to run a small part of the Angeles Crest 100 course. Ran non-stop to Henninger. Slow climb up from Idlehour Camp to Inspiration Pt. Right knee pain.

Friday – Brown Mt.
Miles: 8.1
Elevation Gain: 1,434 ft.
Elevation Loss: 1,439 ft.
Moving Time: 1:23:02
Nutrition: Water
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/139808974
Had to run some miles at the home trail. Bright idea came to mind. More news to come later.

Sunday – Mt. Lukens
Miles: 10.77
Elevation Gain: 3,466 ft.
Elevation Loss: 3,469 ft.
Moving Time: 2:41:40
Nutrition: GU (Blueberry Rocktane, Tri-Berry), water
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/140094767
Rocky single-track. The trails, for the most part, were overgrown and steep. The only consistent runnable part was the fire road leading up to the summit. Nice views from the top. Walked most of the way down because of knee pain.