17 April 2012

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After arriving back in the US yesterday, I figured I´d tackle the usual jet lag with an early morning run. The fact that I gained a few pounds during my trip added to my motivation to go for a run. I met up with Richard and Mike and we went for our usual Ranger Station out & back. With our R2R2R attempt just 2 weeks away, I decided to try out my new trekking poles (Black Diamond Spire Elliptic) and Pack (Inov-8 Race Pro 22) to test for comfort and convenience and to add some training weight as well. Both performed well, but the pack has one friction point at the back of my neck, which I will need to resolve somehow before R3.

Not having done this run in a while, I decided it was time to set a new baseline. Mike stayed with me pretty much all the way, while Richard backed off just a little (swimming the day before a hard trail run takes it outta you;-). I used the trekking poles only at a couple of sections on the way up and collapsed them for the entire trip back down from the mountain. When I arrived back at Richard´s house, I had completed the close to 10 miles in 1 hour 28 minutes, well below our long term goal of sub 90 minutes and 30 seconds per mile faster than ever before. I was pretty happy with that effort, but what should be the next goal for this training run?

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