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123 Days Until the Ascent: Long run in GOG with May


04/16/2007 Long Run

We checked the trail map and decide to try and out and back run for 2 hours.

From the Visitors Center, we take Gateway to Bretag to Palmer to Siamese Twins to Cabin Canyon to Balance Rock, then up Rampart Road until the halfway point and then head back the same way we came.

While we were checking the map at the Bretag Trailhead, I paused my workout on the iPod. I *thought* I turned it back on, but when I checked it again, after 10 minutes of running (May was clocking us), it was still paused :doh: So I lost about 10 minutes, maybe 0.75 miles, in the beginning of my workout. So, it should be closer to 9.14 miles and 1:58. YIKES!

124 Days Until the Ascent: Easy run (should have been yesterday)


04/15/2007 Easy run

126 Days Until the Ascent: Treadmill Incline Workout


04/13/2007 Treadmill Run

Should be 20/20/20 but it’s more like 15/22/15 because I get bored on the treadmill, particularly during cool down and warm up

For the 1 minute on, 1 minute off part (22), I alternated 1 minute at 10% incline at 1 minute at 3-4% incline at the same pace.

128 Days Until the Ascent: My first “run” up the Incline


04/11/2007 run

We were on our way for our weekly Wednesday workout and May just casually mentions, “Should we do the Incline today?”


“Oh, sure.” I casually reply.

“It’s a quick workout to the top. Should be about a 45 minute workout.”

“Oh, okay.” *yikes*

Right. I’ve never even seen the Incline before. It’s like a urban legend or something. So, we park in the usual lot and walk up to the bottom of the Incline.

You know those people you see doing pilgrimages up lots of steps to pyramids and so forth?

That’s what the incline is like. You can almost hear the angelic choir as you look up the trail. When you get to the top, you expect the voice of God to come booming down on you.

May gave me some warnings – “There is a false summit. You’ll think you are at the top, but you won’t be.” “At the steepest part up there (she points), the footing is not great.” “Use your hands to get up.”

And then we began. And May blazed on ahead with her iron lungs and amazing quads.

“Just keep moving,” I tell myself. And it’s tough, even at the bottom. I pass a couple of gals, and we exchange pleasantries, breathlessly. “See that person up there in the blue and pink?” I say, pointing upwards. “That’s my friend I’m here with.” Suitable words of amazement follow. I’m awed by May’s abilities myself.

So, I move on. And on. And it’s steep. And it’s hard. And my legs are feeling the burn. And I start calculating in my head. “So, May says it’s a 40 minute workout. Her race pace is about 8 min/mi and mine is about 10 min/mi. So, she’s 20% faster than me. It’s my first time, so I should be done in about 55 minutes. 55 minutes of this sheer uphill? Damn it, May.”

Have I mentioned I have a fear of heights? It’s not nearly as bad as it has been in the past, but its still there, despite years of rock climbing and living on a mesa. My legs are tiring, and I step up on a tie, and lose my balance. I literally flap my arms so I don’t fall backwards. Man, it would totally suck to fall from up here. I press on.

At this point, I’m just trying to get from one self conceived landmark to the next. At one point, I stop for a minute and sit down on a tie. And I look out in front of me. The view is incredible. And I see a guy coming up the incline pretty quickly. I tell myself (internally), “Get up! What are you doing? Get up!”

So I do. And I keep moving. Slowly. Then this guy blows by me like I’m standing still. Holy crap.

And now I’m filled with doubt. I don’t think I can make it to the top today. I’m going to have to sit down and call May (we always carry cell phones) and tell her I’ll get to the top next time. After a while, I see her at the top. Is that the top? Or is that the false summit? Crap. If that’s the false summit, I’m definitely not making it to the top. Then I see the guy that blew by me BREAK INTO A RUN up there. Is he kidding me? That must be the top. Surely May wouldn’t wait for me at the false summit? Surely that guy wouldn’t break into a run for the false summit?

“C’mon, you can do it.” I hear May’s encouraging voice as I get closer. JUST. A. FEW. MORE. STEPS…

Made it! “You did it!” she says. “What’s your time?” I look at my iPod (51:14 minus the 3:51 from the parking lot – 47:23).

“47 minutes,” I say, surprising myself. She tells me it’s great. I can’t think straight, I’m just glad it’s over. Thrilled even.

I did the Incline!! :yay:

130 Days Until the Ascent



Long GOG “run” – it was killer, and my pace was slow. The hills were a BITCH and I kept getting lost on the trails.

Looking back, I haven’t run over 6 miles since December. And I’m not supposed to increase my mileage/time by more than 10% in a week. Whoops. I totally over did it.

Luckily, I had an appt with Jessica, my physical therapist at Great Moves. She worked on my piriformis (still have some sciatic issues) and loosened things up there.

She’s the one who cured my plantar fasciitis with stretching and manual therapy, so I’m indebted to her for that!

Tomorrow I’m going to do a nice, slow easy short 30 minute run with Zevan in the jogger…

Training for the Ascent


This is adapted from Matt Carpenter and Jim Freim’s Training for the Ascent and Marathon on Pikes Peak

Ideally, I should have started the program in October, and I’m halfway through the 2nd trimester of training already, but what can you do???

Date Week Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Total
4/8 19 Off or 30 90 Off or 30 45 40 45 40 260-320
4/15 20 Off or 30 165 Off or 30 20/20/20 40 20/20/20 40 365-425
4/22 21 Off or 30 90 Off or 30 45 40 45 40 260-320
4/29 22 Off or 30 180 Off or 30 20/20/20 40 20/20/20 40 380-440
5/6 23 Off or 30 90 Off or 30 45 40 45 40 260-320
5/13 24 Off or 30 200 Off or 30 20/20/20 40 20/20/20 40 400-460
Trimester Three
Date Week Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Total
5/20 25 Off or 30 120 Off or 30 60 40 60 40 220-280
5/27 26 Off or 30 210-215 Off or 30 20/30/20 40 20/30/20 40 430-505
6/3 27 Off or 30 120 Off or 30 60 40 60 40 220-280
6/10 28 Off or 30 210-230 Off or 30 20/30/20 40 20/30/20 40 430-520
6/17 29 Off or 30 120 Off or 30 60 40 60 40 220-280
6/24 30 Off or 30 210-245 Off or 30 20/30/20 40 20/30/20 40 430-535
7/1 31 Off or 30 120 Off or 30 60 40 60 40 220-280
7/8 32 Off or 30 210-270 Off or 30 20/30/20 40 20/30/20QD 40 430-560
7/15 33 Off or 30 120 Off or 30 60 40 60 40 220-280
7/22 34 Off or 30 210-270 Off or 30 20/30/20 40 20/30/20QD 40 430-560
7/29 35 Off or 30 90 Off or 30 20/20/20 40 20/20/20QD 40 290-350
8/5 36 Off 60 Off 30 (2 PU) 40 30 (2 PU) 40 200

133 Days Until the Ascent


Got my Nike+ iPod working again. Apparently it was a bad receiver, because when I replaced it with my other receiver, it picked up the sensor right away.

Freezing cold rain today, so I figured I would just run on the treadmill. I did that at varying inclines 3%, 6%, 9%, 10% and back down. After 45 minutes I was so bored that I decided to finish my run outside. From my parents house I ran down Uintah to 30th, up to King, partway up/down King and back. It was FREEZING and it was WET.

When I took a shower my belly and quads were red from the cold, like frostbite. The things I do to train!

Treadmill to freezing rain

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