Saturday, January 10, 2009

First trail run

I'm normally a morning runner, but today things just worked out for me to head out for a run about 2:00. Clear skies, temp in the high 40s - really, a beautiful day. Lots of other people out enjoying it, too - walkers, mountain bikers and other runners. I "ran the N" - went up into the Peavine foothills above Reno and looped over the top of UNR's big painted letter on the hill. A longer run includes going over Reno High's "R" as well, but I wasn't up for that today...

The run ended up being about 8.5 miles, and I felt OK the whole way - legs felt strong, but I felt like my lungs weren't all there. Breathing a little heavier than I liked a few times. When I got back and looked at the data from my Garmin, I saw that my heart rate had been pretty high (for me) the whole time - averaging about 160 for pretty much the whole hour + I was out. Usually, my easy runs average about 140-something, and I only get into the 160-170 range for intervals. So, no wonder I felt tired when I get home.

A few hours later, I had to run to the grocery store for something. Hopping out of the car in the parking lot, I started feeling bonk-y. Never really had that feeling so long after a run - actually, I haven't bonked hard on a run or bike for years. Later, now, and I still feel terrible. I wonder if I just pushed too hard, or if I'm coming down with something...

At any rate, it was a great day to be out there, and I barely remember the last trail run I did - a 5K in December, but I think the Fall Colors Half and a TRT stretch back in October. Sure felt good to get back on dirt.

2 comments:

nwgdc said...

Having received a Garmin 405 for Christmas, I completely know what you mean about seeing the HR info and thinking, "WTF?"

But I'm enjoying thus far...I definitely haven't decided to pull back on events...I must be a year behind you on the running rotation!

Good luck and I'm excited to read about the goals! Great first run!

SnowLeopard said...

That does look like a good run! Up in the hills with other outdoor advocates and the breeze... sounds fantastic. :)