I wanted to see if this lake is “fishable.” I wish I’d brought my gear! It’s a short, easy hike, and although I imagine this lake is crowded on summer weekends there are quite a few campsites around the lake. (And if there aren’t any, you’re not far from the trailhead.)
Short version: I finished!
Less-short version: I knew going in my body wasn’t ready. I didn’t drink enough water. I need to go back to regular core strength work. I made the mistake of telling myself I’d be okay the first five miles, because The Tireds hit at mile 5.25.
I went into this night with the primary goal of running (or at least staying in motion) through the night. The loop is 2.3 miles and has about 350′ of elevation gain and loss. I had a secondary goal of running 15 loops – 55K/34.5 miles. It seemed pretty ‘do-able,’ but I underestimated the impact the elevation gain & loss would have.
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.
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.