Various Hikes & Whining – Q1 2020

The usual notes on random hikes and runs. Nothing to see here!

Skyline with Huy and Kam (8.5m, 5:12) – Jan 11, 2020

Gained some weight recently, so this is my FKT – Fattest Known Time on Skyline ;). Good time with friends. Made it up in 5:12 despite sluggishness and snow from Flat Rock up. Kam set her PB at 5:10 (Nice!), Huy his worst time at 5:20 or so (ha ha). Didn’t really feel tired except for legs at top, but was sucking wind a lot of the way. Altitude? Not sure. Without snow we would’ve been under five, which is still pretty slow for me and very slow for Huy. For some reason, I only drank 1.5-1.75 liters of water, far less than normal (which is closer to 2.5-3 liters). Never really felt thirsty, but maybe that was part of the sucking wind thing. Not sure. Food-wise, had 3x Luna coconut bars, some crackers and 2x Cliff Gus (1 with Caffeine), some Perpetuem in the water and one salt pill. Say, 1,100 calories, or roughly 275 calories per hour for the last four hours. A bit low, but didn’t really feel bonky until right at end. Should eat and drink more. Stomach was fine. This put total miles for week at 51.2 (almost all hiking), which is pretty good considering just getting back from and still fighting injuries.

Black Star Partial (6.6 Miles) – Jan 9, 2020

Had high hopes after Tuesday on Harding, but tired legs slowed things way down. Less pain, though, so still glad I got out there.

Harding Truck Trail (19 Miles) – Jan 7, 2020

Started with low expectations given hip pain and general lethargy, but oddly turned out to be a great day. Mostly hiked, but managed to run 6-7 miles, hip pain minimal, clearly really a lower back problem. Energy fine. Finished feeling pretty good. Freakin’ weird. Honestly, could have pushed a lot harder. No bonk, nothing. Now, to eat things!

Maple Springs Rim (17.1 Miles) – Jan 5, 2020

Hiked up Maple Springs Trail to Bedford, then along North Main Divide Road to base of Modjesksa, and down Maple Springs Road. Worth doing once. Would be good training route while running, though I’d probably go the other way (the road down is deadly boring). Hip still tight, but a little better.

Maple Springs Trail to Side Peak – Jan 4, 2020

Walk to see how hip / butt was feeling. Enjoyable, but still super tight on right side. Maybe 6 miles. Took a right on the trail under the power lines. Not a maintained trail, but enjoyable views.

Black Star Amble – Jan 2, 2020

I was able to run 8 miles of this (to crest) on Dec 30 of prior year (3 days earlier), but had real pain in butt and hip and no energy. Achilles oddly fine, but damn I have jacked myself up somehow. Pain is now chronic and substantial. Was able to work through it and do some Fartleks on way down, but it’s ugly. Grr.

Silverado Trail to Bedford Peak (7.5M, 2H) – Jan 1, 2020

Walk up, jog down to be careful on ankle and some weird hip pain action. 1:11 up, rest and whatnot, 1:59 RT. Given similarity to Woodson in San Diego, should be able to do this in 1:30-1:40 once I can run again. Aerobically and energy-wise, I felt fine. Happy New Year!


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