- Long sleeve Nike base layer shirt
- Another long sleeve tech tee over that
- Random hoodie sweatshirt
- Outdoor Research liner gloves
- Fruit of the loom boxer briefs. I might as well share all gear.
- Nike "pro combat" tights (for battling the cold?)
- Some polyester "athletic" pants from Old Navy
- Smartwool ski socks
- New Balance MT810's
- Ice Trekkers
- a Buff. These things are awesome.
- a knit cap
- GoPro, Garmin and ipod
|PCS, as always, has pretty cool race swag.|
|Not the typical PCS routes I'm used to but very challenging.|
|Total gain was 1529 ft|
|Approaching the scramble up the hill at the half-mile mark|
|My view for the entire climb. All extremities were used to get to the top.|
|Leveling off a bit near the top.|
|A bit of flat for some recovery. At this point, I'm assuming I'll hold together pretty well. I mean, we're only 1/10th of the way in...|
|My anonymous pacer for several miles.|
|I am victim to another female runner! What am I even doing out here?!|
I slugged through the first few miles below my expected pace. I wanted to be around 10.5 min miles and that wasn't looking feasible. Negativity was taking over and usually I'm thinking of random stuff on my training runs like "why would the robots develop a Terminator with an Austrian accent? What even makes sense about that?" but it was so rough on me today I was dwelling on my overwhelming feeling of physical weakness that I'd resorted to walking the hills around mile 3. I'm confident it was lousy fueling preparation prior to the run, nothing to blame other than myself. That whole nutrition thing and I need to train harder on hills to the point where I outgrow the local hills and have to move west.
|Finally through the woods. And pretty much proof I did finish (20ft is a gimme, right?)|