Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Oh, My Legs Are Sore!!

Having sore legs are not most people's idea of fun. But i sort of enjoy sore legs. No, i don't enjoy the pain. But i like the idea that i pushed my body to the limit.

My legs are sore from the training race this past Sunday; we went for a run from Chilao Flats to Chantry Flats, a 22 mile run in rugged hilly terrain. This was the first of four training runs for the Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run (AC100) which i will participate in this coming September. We covered almost a fourth of the actual race course. It was brutally hot (90+ degrees), and it took a lot of mental determination to keep going. It didn't help that i haven't ran trails since January, my legs were feeling the pounding of the steep downhills. And that i spent the whole day working on trails the day before.

We went through lots of poison oak. i got a little on my right arm, but not too bad. i'm pretty immune to that stuff, i guess i'm lucky. Some people breaks out so much that they have to go to the hospital.

To give you an idea of what the AC100 race is all about:

The AC-100 course goes from Wrightwood to Pasadena and has a total climb of 21,610 feet and a total decent of 26,700 feet. There are seven climbs of more than 1,000 feet each. The first 56 miles are run above 5,000 feet and the highest elevation on the course is 9,210’. The surface is 90% single track, relatively un-maintained, rocky trails. There are 14 aid stations spread out on the point-to-point course with the longest stretch without aid being 12-miles, over the highest peak in the race. There are cut-off times at each of the aid stations and a finishing time limit of 33-hours. Pacing of runners is not permitted before mile 52.8, which many of the runners reach only after nightfall. The race is run in late September each year and the temperature highs are often in the 100s. The course record (17:35:48), set in 1989 by Jim O’Brien, remains unbroken despite the quality and quantity of elite ultra runners who have come along since.

Doesn’t it make you want to just go right out and do it?!


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