06 September 2007

Ahh, the trails...

As I mentioned in the last post, I went over to the high school and worked for an hour on the elliptical. And, as I predicted, I forgot my HR Monitor. My percieved exertion seemed pretty high, so I'm happy with the work.

The majority of this past winter and spring, as I jumped through the legal hoops to get licensed to practice in the state of Wisconsin, I spent the majority of my training time in the forest, on local trails such as the Ice Age Trail. Earlier this year, Jason Dorgan made a thru run, which was very impressive to say the least, considering he covered the entire 1,000+ miles in under 23 days. It's very demanding terrain, and I really love getting out there and seeing nobody. It's probably why I see a couple trail ultras in my future, such as the Ice Age 50, the Glacial 50, and also the Kettle Moraine 100.

I got to return to the woods today. This morning I went down to the New Fane Biking Trails and did a couple loops with my training partner, Cork (Yellow Lab). Cork wore out pretty quickly, so I didn't get all that much work in. I returned home and switched out dogs, taking Bonnie (another Yellow Lab, less than a year old) out for her maiden voyage on the IAT. She did great, always leading the way, but keeping close. I ran the northern-most 6 miles in 50:18 (8:23 pace), with avg HR of 163. Obviously, the best part about all of this is the fact that I haven't once mentioned any discomfort in my feet!


Doug Cichon said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog! I gotta say, I'm jealous of the trails you have to run on. We have some around here, but they're all a pretty good drive to get to.

Hope your foot gets/stays healthy!

Tom said...

Just read about your QC plans, Chicago goals, and PF flair up.

RD Joe is amazing. I have a lot of respect for him.

I admire your speed and stamina. Don't over do it on your way to 3:10 at Chicago. Chicago is my long-time favorite race and I'm already getting excited for it.

Take care of yourself.