May 15, 2011
Sage Burner - Can I do it?
I have been training to run the Sage Burner at the end of May. This is a 25K trail run where the first 3 miles is all UPHILL and it is a long and tough uphill.
Yesterday I headed out to do about 14 miles of this race as a test run. I wanted to bail the first 4.5 miles. I was so ready to turn around and head back. It was also hot outside. I know I should not complain about the heat because in Gunny hot is 70 or 75. But I was in the desert and sage brush so it seemed much hotter than it actually was. I was glad when the clouds moved in.
At one point I took a cutoff because I did not want to do the entire 15.5 mile run. I was walking up just about every single uphill, no matter how small, on the downhills at the end my knee was bothering me and I kept thinking am I really up for this???
I have also found out that the race is closer to 17 miles not 15.5. If I knew for a fact that this race was 15.5 miles I would be ready for it - it would be long and hard but I could handle it - but 17?! I just don't know.
This was also the longest, and slowest run I have ever done. 12.43 miles in 2 hours and 55 minutes at a pace of 14:04.
For the last three weekends I have done long, hard trail runs so maybe I am burnt out and need a week off. I want to take a few days off and then head back out to Hartman's and do the first couple of miles again and see how it goes. If it is easier I will fill better about the whole thing.
Posted by Tiffany at 8:41 AM