Sunday, March 18, 2012

March 5th-18th

Elev. Gain:1,600'
YTD Miles:186.1
YTD Time:30:23
YTD Elev.:27,900'

To make a very long, boring story short, I have been experiencing a bout of sleeplessness/insomnia dating back to I believe the 2nd of March which was the last night that I had a full night of sleep without the help of sleeping pills. This is not the first bought I have had with this in the last few years but it is definitely one of the worst. I believe I have slept a total of around 29 hours since March 2nd. So I can honestly say that the running has been dismal and non existent. I will keep you posted.

Monday, March 5, 2012

February 28 - March 4

Elev. Gain:2,100'
YTD Miles:174.3
YTD Time:28:27
YTD Elev.:26,300'

Pretty low key week because of a little laziness but mostly just "life" getting in the way of my time on the trail. I did however have a highlight of getting out to Table Mesa Trail in Black Canyon City which is the site of the Xterra Half Marathon Trail Race on March 25th, which I am planning on partaking in just as long as my health holds up over the next few weeks. I will admit that I was a little pretentious about the day on the trail after I found out that the trail ran directly through a shooting range which was teeming with gun toting NRA members waiting to pick off some sissy trail runner treading through their path. After dodging bullets for the first few miles I was in the clear and found the trail to be a nice little slice of singletrack coursing through the canyons and winding alongside and over running streams, which was a surprise, and carving upwards to the small, quaint, Black Canyon City perched up the hillside. I rounded out the run in just a 6 mile chunk and headed back to the city, happy and with a new respect for the area.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

February By The Numbers

Elev. Gain:700'
YTD Miles:166.3
YTD Time:27:13
YTD Elev.:25,400'

February Totals:

February I will admit may have been one of my most consistent months I have ever had in terms of days spent on the trails as well as quality of time spent on said trails. I had a few longer runs peppered in with some nice climbs on the shorter outings with it all coming on close to perfect conditions both in the skies and on the ground. I still find myself sometimes going out with insufficient fluid levels or nutrition levels and trying to make something happen and this is not only ruining the present outing but also it has affected the days preceding it and this must stop. I have tried to make both mental and physical notes of some of my downfalls I have encountered on the trails to prepare myself for some of my loftier goals in the future. I must learn from these if I really plan on trying my hand at a more competitive side of running. I think it is definitely on the horizon, I just have to keep working hard and smart and it will arise.