17 May 2009
My First Real Trail Run - I’ve been schooled!
Posted by Brad Hefta-Gaub under: Run.
I went on my first real trail run today with Tim and Michelle. Tim took us on a tour of his local trails up in Bellingham. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
Originally I had planned to run 35 miles today, in Seattle on the streets. I didn’t get the distance in, or the time I would have had I run at home. But I got way more of a workout and learned a valuable lesson: I need to get out and run on trails if I am going to survive the White River 50 miler.
Here’s a map of our run:
The thing I was most surprised by was the fact that “the trail” was incredibly rugged. I mean, there were points along the trail where frankly, I didn’t see any trail at all. Here’s one shot. This might look like a bundled mess of roots and rocks… because… that’s what it was. But, apparently this is also the trail.
It’s hard to capture the challenge of this kind of a course in pictures. Every angle you might look for to capture the difficulty, simply doesn’t translate to the two dimensional medium of a photo. Here’s a shot looking down the trail we just ran up. This was easily a 15% grade of slick rocks, exposed roots, and generally unstable footing.
Of course the scenery was amazing, the weather was perfect, and although I had a couple near misses on rolling my ankles, and Michelle got stung by a bee, and we all got our butts kicked by the terrain, it was a great workout. I am glad I chose it over the 35 mile street run. I mean, where else would I get views like this?
- Type: Run
- Date: 05/17/2009
- Time: 09:00:00
- Total Time: 4:30:00.00
- Average Heart rate: 140
- Max Heart rate: 178
- Calories: 3189
- Distance: 21.5 miles
- Average Pace: 12:33.14/mile
- Max Pace: 6:48.16/mile
- Ascent: 5,730 ft
- Descent: 5,730 ft