Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cougar Mountain 5 miler

Today I did a trail run race. I didn't really prepare since I was sick all week, but it was fun nonetheless. I was a little nervous since I hadn't run since last Saturday. Thank goodness it was a 'taper' week. I thought about running yesterday, but just figured I would chalk this week up to a loss, run 5 miles today and then hit it hard next week. I was only supposed to run 20 miles anyways, so I guess 25% mileage is better than 0%. I got there early so I could do a thorough warm up since I was so concerned with running on stale muscles. I did about 15 minutes worth of plyometrics and ran about 1/2 mile for a warm up. I was really worried about getting injured - not so much about beating my time from last year.
Trail head for Cougar Mt. trails
I ran this last year and came out with a time of 1:03:15 - which for 5 miles sucks balls. But considering the climb and that it was singletrack and a casualty of running (or biking) singletrack is that you are often succumbed to the pace of the people in front of you so there were times I would have run, but didn't feel it was necessary to run someone over and didn't really feel like asking them to let me pass. [Usually I'm not passive so I guess it is just my excuse for why it took so long to run 5 miles.] Anyhow, this year I am proud to report that I had a 3 minute PR. PR Sweetness -- I love it. Final time 1:00:09.

After the race. Not too dirty. There were a few muddy parts, but not to bad overall.

Instead of a shirt, they gave us socks. Nice ones too. Wool. That was a nice touch.

The reward: J.Lohr Cab Sav. Highly recommended. You can find it in local grocery stores for about $15. It's a great dinner party hostess gift. Never met anyone who hasn't liked it. Try it.

I'm going to try to post the link for the elevation chart:

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Cougar Mt. 5 mile Trail Run

I know there are lots of racers this weekend. Good Luck to all of you guys and I can't wait to hear about them all.

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Does my blog look like a pepto bismol bottle? I was bored with the layout. I don't know if I like it yet.

12 comments:

Jocelyn said...

Sounds awesome! Great job and I love the wine :D

Missy said...

Nice job and a PR to boot. You should rest up before races more often. That's great.

I drank and ate my weight in wine and liquor this weekend. No more wine...for today.

Amanda said...

Nice job on the PR. Thanks for the wine rec, haven't met many bottles of wine I didn't like;)

Chic Runner said...

wow a pr and look how hardcore you are! Those are some dirty legs!!! :) Chicrunner can't handle that ha ha.

Tara said...

Congrats on the PR! I have never done a trail run and it sounds like a good time!

seejessrun said...

You got it done after being sick, don't worry about your time! Nice job!

The Laminator said...

Wow...good job. I'm all for the wine too! Haha...

Jamie said...

Congrats on the PR! Great job!! I'm all about the wine also :)

Alisa said...

Nice work on the PR!

Trail running is so hardcore.

Amy said...

I didn't think of pepto bismal but now that you mention it. Just kidding, I love pink. That was funny though.

Great job in the race!!!!!!! You totally kicked ass! So proud of you. And no injury to boot. :)

Love the wine rec too. I'll put it on my list. :)

Chris said...

Love the name of your blog! Just started training for my second marathon and am trying to meet/network with other runners. My name's Chris, nice to meet you!

Congratulations on the PR!

aron said...

ohh yayy! congrats and awesome job on the PR! looks like fun :)