Tuesday, August 17, 2010
There is no doubt in my mind that I can run across the Grand Canyon in a reasonable time. There is a lot of doubt in my mind that I can run across and back. 46 miles with 11,300 feet of climbing and the same amount of downhill?
Reviewing the C or C+ grade I gave to the first of my 8 weeks of serious training for the run, it struck me that I need to do better, and do it now. I cannot wait until October 1 to decide that I must get serious about a run on October 10. So I said to myself:
Stop finding excuses to drink the beer I love. Forget "earning" beer, take the 2 beer a day, no more than 4 days a week, limit serious.
Stop ignoring downhill running. I read an article on the Canyon run and at first thought it was a typo when I read there is a 22,600 feet elevation change. I have been working hard on my uphill running and yesterday ran all the way up a hill I call Buffalo Hill when in the past I not only would walk part of the way, I would stop for a breather when I switched from running to walking. But I need to get better at downhill running.
Good day yesterday. Walked at lunchtime, ran trails and went to Spinning in the evening. Another 55 like it and I will finish my run like this guy: