The Deception Pass half marathon is next Saturday. I’m familiar with the course, as I ran a 25 km on the an almost-identical course two years ago. The trail is really technical in places, and there’s almost no flats on it. (The only flat spot is the Deception Pass bridge.) Given my familiarity with the course, I know how unprepared I am for this race.Continue reading
These were tough. I set my interval pace at 6:00-10:00/mile, and I struggled to get even close to the target. My ankle was tetchy at first, but it bore up well. I was surprised that although my body was still tired, I wasn’t sore from Saturday’s run.
I skipped Wednesday’s recovery run. I woke around 2 a.m. and it took a few hours for me to get back to sleep. I was weary all day today. I feared that even a recovery pace would do no good.
I thought I’d switched my interval target to cadence instead of pace. I hadn’t. Much of the trail was soft sand or mud — there’s no way I could make my target pace.
I brought along a trash bag to carry out trash I found along the trail. Fortunately, I found another bag along the way. I dumped the stuff the non-recyclable stuff at the Chamna parking lot. I still had so much stuff I decided to walk instead of run back to the truck.
I’m happy with this workout. It’s been a lazy week because I’ve been tending to a cat wearing a Cone of Doom. 😿 I pushed myself during this run, and the pace shows it. The Deception Pass half marathon is in three weeks, and my body is unprepared for the elevation gain & loss on that course. I’m hopeful I can beat the cut-offs, though.
The road on the south side of the canal still has a bit of snow and it has a lot of mud – sticky, soupy mud. The road on the north side is drier, and in places I could see my tracks from last Friday.