Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Final Pre-Western States Run in Maine

These short runs during the taper are great, but are also in stark contrast to the feeling one gets during a 100-miler which is a bit like a one-legged cat trying to bury turds on a frozen pond.

Today was my final pre-Western States run in Maine. Will likely do another short run on Thursday out in Cali (I'll have my laptop with me and plan on posting then). Went very slow and power-walked the steeper uphills on purpose today.

Ran 3.5 miles @ 9:20/mile pace.
Trails.
Very hilly.
Lower 70s, sunny, humid.
Shorts, short sleeved shirt, cap.

Speaking of steep uphills, another WS entrant has posted video of the entire grueling climb up Devil's Thumb (46.1 miles into the course). It's in five parts, and I posted part three below. While it may not initially look steep, keep in mind that the camera is mostly parallel to the slope of the ground, making it seem flatter than it normally is. It climbs 1565' in 1.7 miles and most do it during the hottest parts of the day.

4 comments:

olga said...

Look me up on Fridat at the 5pm meeting!

Bob Gentile said...

Get out of the way Big Bird--lol see that chica in yellow at the close to the end :-)

Hey Jamie that was an awesome clip, some nice root sections & ya looked pretty steep even with the camera...that person who video taped that section was moving pretty good.

Safe Travels Bro & Florida will be cheering for ya over the weekend as we follow ya on the webcast.

Scott Dunlap said...

You're gonna do great! Looking forward to meeting you. Thanks for the video clip. Heads down, 37 switchbacks, get 'er done. ;-)

SD

Ultra Steve said...

Go Get 'Em, Jamie! Have a blast!

See you in 3 weeks.