"If you concentrate on your breathing, it will go away."
I check the time as I shuffle past Saddle Junction. It is 330pm, I have been on the trail since 6am and I still have 10k to run. I dig deep, in the bottom of my pack is a caffeinated energy gel that my friend left when he borrowed the pack in April - thanks, Dustin! I have been saving it for just such an occasion. Hello Cliff Shot my old friend, I sing to the melody of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence." I swallow it with my last ounce of water and start down Devil's Slide. The afternoon heat intensifies with every switchback and by the time I reach Humber Park, it is brutally hot. I continue to put one foot in front of the other and concentrate on my breath. I stumble into my living room at 5pm, it is 92 degrees inside. I have just completed a 38 mile training run in exactly 11 hours, and I am beat.
This Weeks Training Log:
Monday - Yoga 30-40 minutes - Core Work 60-70 minutes
Tuesday - Scenic Trail from house - 6.3 miles
Wednesday - Surfed at Doheny and Rested
Thursday - Up South Ridge, Up Angels Glide, Down Strawberry Cienega, Up Deer Springs, Out and Back on Fuller Ridge, Up Deer Springs to San Jacinto Peak, Down Wellmans, Down Angels Glide, Down Devils Slide, Across Scenic, House to House 38 miles - 11hours.
Friday - Yoga 30-40 minutes - Core Work 60-70 minutes
Saturday - Yoga 30-40 minutes - Scenic Trail from house - 6.3 miles, chose the hottest part of the day, 1p-230p for some more heat training.
Sunday - Yoga 30-40 minutes - Core Work 40 minutes - Tahquitz Peak from South Ridge 7 miles, recovery walk with Margaret and Juniper through town.