Week Summary: Feb 20 – 2602/26/2012
Mon-AM: 1:16, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Up 1st Saddle, down 3rd access. Ran into Scott, Jenny and Walter on the summit (or rather they ran into me as I was sitting up there), so I spent almost a half an hour on top. Was pleasantly surprised to find decent snow conditions on the lightly-traveled descent that made for minimal frustration. All hiking.
PM: 0:16, Streets
Did a little test jog on the shin…eh. Tight-ish and twingy, so wasn’t super encouraged.
Tue-AM: 1:15, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Up and down 1st Saddle. Some pretty significant drifted windpack on sections of the trail. All hiking. Also, acupuncture.
Wed-AM: 1:22, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Up ASG-ish, down 1st Saddle. Horrible punchy, slippery windpack due to nearly 90mph gusts with lots of sand-blasting of exposed skin with ice crystals, courtesy of said wind gusts. Tough morning on the mountain for sure. Tossed in a minute or two of shuffle-running here and there on the descent. Shin responded not completely unfavorably.
Thu-AM: 1:17, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Up and down 1st Saddle. Crazy conditions on the trail. Deep slush down low, postholed slush up high, all covered in an inch or so of new snow. Dead calm, though. Like yesterday, 95% hiking with a few steps here and there on the descent of running-like motions.
Fri-AM: 1:01, 2500′ ~ Green Mt.
Up and down 1st Saddle. Hiked the up but ran the entire descent (17min from the summitpost to the bottom of Amphitheater). This was enormously encouraging, and a lot of fun. Walking downhill sucks. Got some acupuncture afterwards.
Sat-AM: 1:18, 2800′ ~ Green Mt.
Up and down 1st Saddle. Ran from my doorstep, hiked the climb, and then ran from the top all the way back to my front door, so, ~40min of running, but split up. Shin seemed to get better as the run went on. Was very proud of myself for exercising some restraint on this gorgeous 60F day and not getting out for an afternoon ascent. Even though I would’ve (obviously) limited myself to just hiking, I’m trying to be smart.
Sun-AM: 1:19, 2800′ ~ Green Mt.+barefoot
Up and down 1st Saddle. Really great outing. Shin felt even better today. This run was an exact repeat of yesterday except that I snuck in some small bits of running here and there on the uphill and then did 8min of barefootin’ around the cemetery on the way home. It’s been over a year since I’ve done any barefoot running and it was pretty glorious to free the toes once again, even if it was on frozen, lumpy, dead grass. I feel like the very specific strengthening that this activity offers is something that has been missing from my shin rehab, but this is the first time that confidence in my shin and (relatively) appropriate weather conditions have coincided since I broke my leg last summer.
My trip up and down the hill today was notable in that, for some reason, my legs were working particularly well. I didn’t feel like I had exceptional power, but for the same usual effort I was minutes faster than what has been normal, even though I felt like I was going the same pace. A big part of that was that this morning’s trail conditions were fairly tacky and fast after yesterday’s warm temps (trail conditions were terrible most of the week because of the wind). At any rate, I managed a 32:25 ascent (to the tippy top) paired with a 14:32 descent (with no pause on top) for a 46:57 roundtrip from the Gregory parking lot. I was doing a fair amount of pussy-footing on the way down because there are starting to be some semi-treacherous icy sections, so I could see shaving maybe another minute off of this with just some sharper spikes and a more focused effort.
I was sort of just going through the motions all week, feeling like my shin was in a sort of frustrating limbo between being fine while hiking but questionable while running. As has been the case several times over the last 13 months, a little bit of running seemed to be exactly what it needed to get over the hump, though, and now I’m hoping to just maintain this running volume (no increasing) for a good chunk of time as I start adding in some evening strictly hiking sessions. At this point, I really am grateful for any amount of running I am able to do pain-free, so I’ll take it.
|#60 Thursday morning. Bear Peak across the canyon in the clouds.|
|First Flattie from the back with a fresh dusting.|