Defn: a human male displaying evidence of devolution - exhibits distinctive "caveman-like" tendencies. This man often dribbles in public places; cannot drink a beverage without spilling it on himself, the floor or someone else; may also run into objects like lampposts & bushes; has a definite "sloopish & short legged" running style that is slow and low to the ground, often resulting in the dragging of knuckles.

These throwback neanderthals, along with their questionable diet, should clearly be avoided.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Greenland Trail PR

Late yesterday I did the 8 mile loop - was the 3rd time in the past 3 days.  It also took my weekly miles up to 50 - first time in about a year for that and was also 37 miles in the past 4 days.  I've been working throughout March in increasing weekly mileage by adding 5 miles per week.

The previous 2 days were just about completing it.  Wednesday was the day after getting up to Barr Camp so I was a little weary.  Thursday I did it w/ my wife at her pace.  So going into Friday I was both ready to go hard - but also weary after a long week.

I started out and the first mile was "wobbly" - wanted to be at 8 minutes but with that "weak like my legs are mush" feeling, it ended up being 8:20.  I pushed on and felt better as I did, picking up the pace a little but not really getting the average down much.

3 1/3 miles in to the bottom of the hill climb I was still at 8:20 average but was able to get up the hill (about 1 mile climb) and be only down to 8:30 average.  I series of mostly ups rollers, with some down rollers for the next 2/3rds of a mile and I hit the 5 mile overall mark at an 8:28 average. 

3 miles to go, mostly downhill but w/ 1 climb and some traversing around the saddle.  I pushed and was able to do those last 3 miles at a 7:05 average.

New PR - beat my time from the 2010 race by 40 seconds.  I am especially pleased because it came at the end of the week - on weary legs - and with 5 weeks to go till race day (we signed up last night) - I should be able to improve.

Rest day / kids soccer day today - then back at it - probably a Greenland / Spruce (leaning more towards Spruce Mtn and open space) long run tomorrow.  Probably backing off the 50 miles this next week also to help the body.


  1. Nice Job Craig! What was your time on the PR?

  2. Thanks Brad. 1:03:34. I think I might be able to get to 1:02 by race day - that's the goal for now anyway.

  3. Nice run Craig! We gambled on the weather and it still was super windy out on Greenland yesterday :-o 1:00 - 1:02 sounds completely reasonable.

  4. Thanks Steve, Wind wasn't too bad this am. Tomorrow sounds like a different story.