Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Run That Won

Thursday's final score: Mt. Rubidoux 1, LB 0.

Thursday's run was a bit taxing. Not sure if it was the weather (sunny, high 70s at start) or maybe improper nutrition (I had cereal for dinner on Wednesday, sad face). Or maybe I just over-exerted myself (but I had a good reason to do so, trust me). Or maybe I am still reeling from Saturday's hike (my legs feel fine now but still...).

I ran up Mt. Rubidoux. Instead of the usual four miles it takes to get up there, my journey was five since I have to park a little further away now.

Anyway, here's what the run looked like.

All those peaks and valleys suggest that I was really all over the place with my pace. The higher the line, the faster my pace. I was up and down and up and down and very inconsistent.

How does that compare with another run?

Here's Tuesday's six-miler.

It was a bit more steady, but it wasn't on a hill at all.

This is what the elevation was for today's run.

So I went from 789 feet at the start to 1299 feet, a change of more than 500 feet in about 2.5 miles.

I tried to do the run hard too, and that may have been my problem as well. Once at the top I had to take a break. I was breathing very hard and the sun was just shining down on me. Once I got back to my truck, I was dripping in sweat. I drank an entire bottled water in one drink, then pounded another one.

All in all, a pretty draining run.


Annette@(running)In the Right Direction said...

That is a big increase with the hill. I've had runs like kind of need them every once in a while...although shitty you do learn from them!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

That mountain is insane!!! Looks like you didn't give yourself enough credit based on the ridiculous elevation! Good job.

Willoughby said...

Wow, that's a big increase in elevation! I'm no expert, but wouldn't that have a lot to do with your inconsistencies?

Angelina said...

What program are you using to map the elevation out? I need this!