Sunday, August 29, 2010

WEEK 34: 32 Miles and Pisgah 23K Race Course



8 mile loop in Pisgah with Greg and Griffin (South Woods trail - pretty!)

5 miles on rail trail from KSC atheltic fields to Sawyers Crossing...feel very heavy, slow, and UNFIT. Finally the beautiful weather is back though.

Circuit Madness: 3 cycles + 2 miles. Got pretty hungry and pooped, but a good workout. Felt good to have some time in the gym.

4 mile Ashuelot Road loop, early.

Pisgah Run with Griffin; log 13 miles

Not a bad week considering I worked over 60 hours at KSC.  Even made it to the gym for some strength training one day.  The biggest run was the Pisgah 23K race course.  I started at the Horseshoe trailhead with Griffin (Greg hit the roads) on Sunday morning.  I wasn't as prepared as I should have been i.e. I didn't hydrate or eat great Saturday and should've been to bed a lot earlier.  I knew it was going to be a hard run, but it kind of blew my mind how hard it really is!  And I want to do the 50K someday?!?!  I didn't do the roads of the course- to make it shorter and to avoid the dog on winchester road.  I was excited to have new trail sneakers- Mizuno Wave Ascend- I like them.  As far as the run, the Pisgah Ridge will be my slowest part (along with most people, I guess).  It is a hard climb and pretty technical on top of that.  Once I get through there I will be tired but relieved.  I was getting discouraged during the run because I had to walk so much of the ridge, but when I realized I finished in around 2:10 I was pleased.  Add on 2.5 miles of roads and some "race excitement" and I may finish in under 2:30 on race day.  I guess that's my goal...for this year.  I am so tired right now I don't know what else to say.

This week, a couple days of light strength training, hopefully a spin class or two, and I really need to get some speedwork in there somewhere too.  I think I will do the course again next Sunday the same way, maybe with someone?!  Work will settle down this week to where I will have a set schedule and time to plan all of these things in.  It's a process...and I love it....


  1. Nice run Jenny. You sure looked zonked when I saw you today.

  2. I'm jealous of your Pisgah 23K training on the course! The Pisgah Ridge was definitely my slowest part when I ran it last year. I was trying to run every hill, but had to switch to hike mode at the end of that one. Can't wait for this year's race....