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Training Log Archive: syd

In the 1 days ending May 25:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Run1 5:23:48 24.12(13:25) 38.82(8:21) 908
  Total1 5:23:48 24.12(13:25) 38.82(8:21) 908

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Saturday May 25 #

7 AM

Run 5:23:48 intensity: (7:37 @1) + (1:02:50 @2) + (4:01:13 @3) + (12:08 @4) 24.12 mi (13:25 / mi) +908m 12:01 / mi
ahr:150 max:169 shoes: Speedcross - Teal

Started in Pittstown State Forest. I have been wanting to check out the mountain bike trails for a while. They were pretty unexciting - I wouldn't need to return. The first section was a large uphill with lots of switchbacks, which my watch never tracks very well. It was very rocky on top. And then the trail I took down was basically nonexistent, I was just following markers through the woods. At least I was able to cut out to the road a little early.

The next section was a series of dirt roads / two track that took me over to Grafton State Park. Everything was well travelled, but it was up a giant hill. Between the poor trails and the climb, I wasn't moving very quickly the first hour. I was stressing about it for a bit, but then I reminded myself I was just out to enjoy exploring the world on foot. I stopped looking at my watch and the rest of the run was very enjoyable!

Made it over to Grafton and took trails down the eastern edge of the park. They were generally runnable. There are also trails south of the main park, so I continued down to those. The first segment was super nice. And then the loop around the lake was a mix of runnable, muddy, and rocky. The bridge that was marked as out was at a spillway, but it's been pretty dry so I was able to rock hop across.

I then worked my way all the way north along the western edge of the main area of Grafton. I took dirt roads for a while and then trails. This was followed by a nice long decent back to the car.

I had originally planned another loop up into Grafton Forest, but I didn't need that much more time, so I dropped my pack at the car and just did a short out and back on the dirt road. I felt so light!

Overall, a great run. The weather was amazing. Sunny, but not too hot. I have finally trained my body to consume electrolyte mix (instead of just plain water) while running! Stomach felt fine the whole time. Took in way more sodium than I usually do and my legs never quite started hurting in the usual way. Still need to take in more. I feel I'm really figuring out this whole ultra running thing. Starting to have some confidence that I'll actually be able to run 100 miles.

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