Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Week Log: March 3-9

Mon- 16 miles (2:10) Stratton Open Space w/ Kyle
Ran nice and easy and explored the plethora of sweet little singletracks hidden in the trees there. Had a nice climb up to Gold Camp. My shin cramped a little the last mile, but I just walked a few yards and jogged it in very easily and it was never a problem again. Got some Cold Laser.

Tue-AM: 16 miles (2:35) Barr Camp from Memorial Park w/ Kyle
Ran to Barr in 1:19 from Hydro (4000' climb) after getting to No Name Creek in 36:18. The trail was basically clear to NNC, but then Kyle and I were breaking trail through some fresh snow and drifts all the way to Barr Camp, so it was slow going but still a glorious day in the mountains. Shin never hurt at all.

Wed-AM: 18 miles (2:45) Memorial Park to Williams to Waldo CCW to Longs Ranch Road to No Name and back to Manitou
Ran easy with Kyle until he bailed onto the UPT. The climb up Longs was tough because of ice and snow but totally worth it. Shin was great. Snowing at the top. ~4000' vertical
PM: 4.5 miles (:34) North Loop CRC Run w/ group
Ran easy and felt good in the FiveFingers.

Thu-AM: 18 miles (2:10)~4 mile tempo in 21:59 (5:47, 5:24, 5:31, 5:16)
Wore my new New Balance 205 flats (Khalid's shoe) and felt good. Shin tightened up some on the cooldown, but Jeff did some ART on it when I went to get lasered later and it felt fine. Very pleased with my ability to pull off a run like that right now.

Fri-AM: 11 miles (1:30) Mesas and Monument w/ Kyle
Easy in the FiveFingers.

Sat-AM: 30 miles (4:00) Buckhorn Mt to Seven Bridges to Jones Park down 666 and back to Nevada.
Finished up with 10 minutes barefoot running. ~4000' vertical

Sun-AM: 10 miles (1:35) La Luz Trail in Albuquerque w/ Kyle.
Great trail up to ~9300' or so and then it was knee-deep snow, so we turned around. A nice moderate, switch-backed climb, but still ~2000' gain.
PM: 8 miles (1:04) Amos Trail to Whitewater Mesa in Glenwood, NM w/ Kyle.
Felt great to shake the legs out in the FiveFingers.

Total: 131 miles (18:23)

This was an encouraging week of running. The shin twinged a couple times throughout the week (Thursday and Saturday), but overall I was disciplined and kept it under control with icing and cold laser and by Sunday it felt 100%. Sunday was the beginning of a nice little trip to sunny New Mexico and the Gila Wilderness.


Mark C. Smith, "The Naked Runner" said...

Hi, Tony,
Quick question for ya. Do you ever think about actually racing in the FiveFingers or are they just for training purposes for you? I figured they would be right up your alley as minimal as they are. Take care and good luck with your training!

Anton said...


the bottom line is, my performance is GREATLY enhanced by a little bit of stiffness/responsiveness and protection while racing, especially while bombing down hills...so no, you won't ever see me seriously racing in a pair of Five Fingers.

atwell said...

Do you monitor your weight very closely? Does it vary much between the off-season and your peak training times? Have you noticed that there is a particular weight at which you run your best? Could you tell me your height and usual weight? I am just wondering about the typical build of elite ultrarunners.

I know being lighter is generally better, but I'm about 5' 8-1/2'', and I've noticed that when I try to go below about 135 lb, I seem to get weaker & slower, instead of faster.

Thanks. I plan to do the AC100 this year, and look forward to seeing you there!

Rocky said...

I have a couple questions concerning barefoot running and running through injuries. I have gotten some comments about these subjects on my blog, but I would love to post some of your comments. Would you please read my posts and comment accordingly? I am currently in contact with "Barefoot" Ted and others.

Lars said...

Funny to "see" you running there in the states. I have to think about miles and kilometers...I`ve ran 200km last week! Not on altitude, just on small hills! Barafoot running in a thing which is kinda shoe does not sounds like barefoot running. Minimalistic is the bara foot, isn`t it? You also just wearing shorts while snowing? Funny... ;-D