I ran it without hiking poles up until the last 4 miles when I grabbed them for the last out and back. I definitely felt they helped in the latter part of this run and have decided to use them in Bishop. I will have them waiting for me at the first drop bag location, Buttermilk road, at mile 12. They will be helpful to me for all the climbing and when I don't need them, they tuck neatly up in my Nathan shoulder pack where they don't bother me running. I don't plan to have a water bladder in the pack either. I don't see the need with all the aid stations on the course. There is a total of 19 aid stations for the 100K - one every 2 to 4 miles which is a lot.
My friend is running the 50K, his first ultra, and wanted more work on the hills. Yesterday we went out to the Clark County Riffle Range where there is a 1 1/2 pave uphill road with about a 6% incline. We ran laps starting in the early morning till we had about 15 miles in. The wind was howling straight into our faces as we climbed and at times it was impossible to hold even a 12 min. mile. Good work though and I don't even really consider 15 miles on hills as a long run anymore. I took the day off today, went for a 1 hour deep tissue massage on my legs and really wanted to go out running on the way home. I am not going to as I felt a lot of residual soreness in my muscles during the massage.
I've got to make sure I watch my diet for these last two weeks while I cut back my mileage. If I indulge in snacking on junk now, I could be throwing a lot of hard work out the window. It's pretty easy to resist actually when you keep this frame of mind. A funny thing happened to me on the way to the kitchen sink last week after the last long run. I had made Pina Coladas and Amy and I were sipping on them watching a movie. I went up for seconds but didn't feel so good when I stood up. I felt worse and worse as I walked towards the kitchen and just barely made it to the sink and set my glass down when my legs finally buckled and I fainted for an instant. I really need to watch my post run nutritian better.
|Enjoying Pina Coladas in Samana, Dominican Republic|