Per Aspera Ad Astra Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:39:15 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sat, Jun 24, 2017 <p>Quick 4 at 5:47 am before heading to Brussels. 180&#39; climb. Threw in a few surges for fun, but otherwise easy. 7:33 ap.</p> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 23, 2017 <p>Am: 8 with Fritz. Moderately hilly (360&#39; gain) and 7:26 AP. PM: 4.5 to sugarhouse to meet&nbsp;Daria there. Downhill. 7:16 AP. 86 F max.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 22, 2017 <p>Am: 6.3 with Fritz and Roo. Mostly road with a bit of trail through Miller Park. 7:41 AP with 270&#39; gain. I swear it took me 2 miles to really wake up today. &nbsp;Pm: 6.1 from campus to sugarhouse. All downhill makes 7:28 average&nbsp;feel reaaaally lazy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Jun 21, 2017 <p><span style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0);">AM: Up to Laird, up to campus, up to red butte, down to zoo, to wasatch, and back. With Fritz and Adam. 7:59 AP with 780&#39; of gain at 6:04 am. That&#39;s a wicked hills/early am combo. Haha.</span></p> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 20, 2017 <p>Am: 6.6, mostly&nbsp;with Fritz, Adam, Roo. 7:40 average. 295&#39; gain. &nbsp; Pm: 6 &nbsp;solo. To, in, and from Sugarhouse park. 6:56 average. 270&#39; gain.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 19, 2017 <p>Am: 5.5 with Fritz, Adam, and Andrew.&nbsp;7:21 average with 250&#39; gain.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Pm: 5.5 more in up to&nbsp;95 F home from lab to new Sugarhouse place. Too hot. 7:49 average.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Jun 18, 2017 <p>Easy long run with Max and Shaina.</p> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 16, 2017 <p>Same run as Wednesday, but with Lara and at 9:11 average pace. 93 F is hot. 2100&#39; gain.</p> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 15, 2017 <p>Easy trails with Josh. 1000&#39;+ gain, 9:11 ap.</p> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Jun 14, 2017 <p>Bosho from work to old apt in NSL. 2100&#39; gain, 8:11 ap.</p> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 12, 2017 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">I had apparently forgotten how ridiculous the unmarked, ultra-steep, uphill bushwhack was in upper City Creek Canyon. I was super annoyed to not only have my legs get shredded, but to also have my average pace implode (7:46/mile for the 16.5 miles excluding that section, 8:47/mile including that section). Got home and found that I got a Strava CR for the terrible bushwhack. Hahaha. Extra funny considering that&nbsp;I only did it because I forgot how much I hate it. It&#39;s actually a super weak CR if you can manage to run through getting your legs and even legs and torso shredded by horrible bushwhacking. I can&#39;t manage that, so I hiked like half of the climb. Haha. A little hungry and thirsty at the end. Didn&#39;t bring calories or water. Had a few oz at the bottom of City Creek and planned to drink more right before jumping on the bushwhack, but upper City Creek water fountains weren&#39;t running yet. Fortunately, I bummed a little more water from a biker at Rudy&#39;s Flat, which got me through the rest of the run without too much thirst.</span></p> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Jun 11, 2017 <p>Gradually picked it up&nbsp;on Jeremy Ranch Road after camping overnight. Slept poorly, and started really slowly. Miles 9:05, 8:43, 8:45, 8:27, 8:11, 8:04, 7:59, 7:35, 0.7 at 7:15 pace.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 10, 2017 <p>Quick run on Jeremy Ranch Road at 7:26 average pace before dark. 230&#39; gain. Camped out overnight. Fun times.</p> Sat, 10 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 09, 2017 <p>Very easy trail run/hike with Daria in Bowman Fork.</p> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 08, 2017 <p>500&#39; climb. Easy with Josh and Nic.</p> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 05, 2017 <p>2.5 miles of downhill recovery (meeting Daria at a grocery store in the Aves after work) at 7:46 AP. Legs are tired, but not sore.</p> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 03, 2017 <p>Squaw Peak 50. First half was ok, second half was rough. Still, made it through on very limited training. Mentality was good, so I&#39;ll be ready for Bear when I&#39;m in better shape.</p> Sat, 03 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 01, 2017 <p>TAPERING. Conversational trail shake-out with Josh Jones. 5.1 miles with 660&#39; climb at&nbsp;a nice, easy 9:18 AP. Haha.</p> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Wed, May 31, 2017 <p>Tapering because I&#39;m dumb and running 50 miles on Saturday. 4 mile cut-down on treadmill in 6:45, 6:08, 5:54, 5:35. Haven&#39;t run much of anything this fast this year. Felt good to go fast. I feel like the rest is getting me into a fat version of sharpening up. Hahaha.</p> Wed, 31 May 2017 06:00:00 Tue, May 30, 2017 <p>Tapering because I&#39;m dumb and running 50 miles on Saturday.</p> Tue, 30 May 2017 06:00:00 Mon, May 29, 2017 <p>Tapering because I&#39;m dumb and running 50 miles on Saturday.</p> Mon, 29 May 2017 06:00:00 Sun, May 28, 2017 <p>Camping up in North Canyon a quarter mile down from the trail head. Ran with Holly up to Rudy&#39;s Flat and back. Mid-8s AP with 1000&#39; of gain was actually a moderately hard effort.</p> Sun, 28 May 2017 06:00:00 Sat, May 27, 2017 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Camped out overnight with the new rooftop tent up Skyline Drive (4WD-preferred dirt road) right before things suddenly went from dry dirt to several feet of snow within the span of about 100 feet. Crazy what a change on the path to a north-facing aspect can do. Daria took the car home via Skyline while I ran home over the ridge and down Sessions. I slogged up Skyline and onto Sessions Road. Things were straightforward for about 2 miles, and then I started crossing some pretty steep and deep snowfields that completely covered the road. Around 2 miles in, the snow was deep enough for me to run over the top of a &quot;Road Closed for Winter&quot; sign. Hah. Around 2.5 miles, all tracks ended, and the snow was deep enough that navigation became somewhat of a challenge, especially considering that I&#39;ve only run that chunk of dirt road up there a couple times and it&#39;s been a few years since I&#39;ve been up there. I&#39;m quite glad that I have the Fenix 5X (with built-in maps), as I was somewhat lost around 3.5-4 miles, and it turns out I had gotten a fair amount East and down mountain of the road. To be fair, the road had at least half a dozen feet of snow at that point and there were no tracks anywhere. However, after consultation with the built-in maps on the watch (seriously, such a great feature to have), I figured out where I was going, hiked up a steep snow field, and was able to find the peak and Sessions trail. Going down Sessions was reaaaally slow up top, with the steepest portion (near the top, probably 45 degrees) completely covered in snow. I&#39;m surprised my pace managed to hover around even&nbsp;20 min per mile for that portion. It was pretty wild. A few of the really rocky, steep downhills were also crazy slow today, as I just didn&#39;t want to commit to running them at anything other than a jog. Probably didn&#39;t help that we forgot matches to start the grill and barely ate last night - and then for no reason at all, I only had a single graham cracker for breakfast - so I was pretty hungry and not wanting to put a lot of energy into stability on steep downhills. Haha. Anyway, finally popped out on the road after a few miles of 10:00 rocky downhill&nbsp;(seriously so lazy about putting energy into stability to run faster without falling&nbsp;hahaha), then did an&nbsp;easy mid-high 7 min pace from there, both on the steep downhill outside of Mueller and and on the flatter Orchard. I&#39;m glad that a bit over 14 miles at ultra effort took nothing out of me - I guess that&#39;s kind of important since I&#39;m going to run 50 miles a week from today. Hah.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">1110&#39;&nbsp;uphill and 4530&#39; downhill.&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 27 May 2017 06:00:00 Fri, May 26, 2017 <p>No running today! Running a 50 miler&nbsp;in 8 days, so I guess this is ok.</p> Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:00 Thu, May 25, 2017 <p>Got home from work at 8:30, then spent 3 hours setting up and mounting the rooftop tent. Haha.</p> Thu, 25 May 2017 06:00:00 Wed, May 24, 2017 <p>With Josh and Nic. Nice easy trail run at 8:41 AP with 1040&#39; gain and loss.</p> Wed, 24 May 2017 06:00:00