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- 11 miles
- 03:54 time
- 21:04 pace
- 2510 calories
Did this same run back on 5/26 and had a much, much easier time this time around. I guess not having 10 miles on my legs already and starting at 7:15AM made it easier. The heat was no less oppressive today (probably worse) but I was handling it much better. I fueled well for most of this (1 PB&J, 2 servings of pretzel nuggets ~ 650 calories). Took S-Caps every 1/2 hr and drank liberally (~1.5L) this was perfect for the temps. Anticipated a 4 hour run but we made really, really good time. Things moved so quickly that were hit the DRT without my even realizing it. It felt *that* much easier.
Time for the run should have been about 3:42 or so compared to 3:58 last time. I got a little lost though. It's funny how you can go so quickly from being right behind someone to them disappearing around a corner and you yelling your heart out to empty air in the middle of a mountain.
I slowed down a bit from the group (of mountain goats) on the descent due to my fear of twisting an ankle on the loose rocks. I arrived at a campsite near where there appeared to be two trails and no blazes. The DRT is so overgrown that it isn't always clear which trail is the real thing. I chose the wrong route and then made it worse by going further to correct it. In the end, I could not find the trail or blazes for the life of me. Lots of unreturned "Hellos" screamed at the top of my lungs followed a brief moment of panic. Last year, I would have had a breakdown. This time, I knew I had to backtrack and find some blue blazes. In the process of backtracking, John and Kena found me. When I saw where the trail was and where I was, I was like WTF was I doing? I was in the middle of the mountain. How did I get there?!? Anyway, I ended up creeping slowly back down the hill I was on and running the very short distance down to Mulky. I swear, I am the only person who gets "lost" .1 miles from the end of the trail. SMH.
A very adventurous run that was better than the last time. One bad fall though. This is the third trail fall in a few weeks after no falls for a long time. A disturbing trend.
My watch read 9.1 miles for this run but it is recorded at 11.1. I bought a new sensor that I will calibrate for the trails because the 9.1 is correct for roads. It doesn't work so well with unswitchbacked up and down trails. I got about the same elevation gain as last time (3700ft) but hiker reports say 4700ft. My watch is behind on altitude anyway.
Note to self: Asked Perry about our pace and if it was good for H9. He said that might actually be a little fast for that race at that point. In a FB note, he suggested keeping an avg pace of 28-ish min/mile rather than trying to bank time. Interesting. Not sure of my strategy yet. I AM sure that I need a pacer or to stick with someone though. At night, it will be hell out there. If I can get lost during the day, I can only imagine...