Monday, August 31, 2009

Time to Get Back on Track

Well - whatever form of the creeping grunge that hit me over the weekend seems to have passed and left me no worse for wear. That means it's time to get back on track. I'll pick up the training plan up where it is. Spilled milk is spilled milk. We can't put it back in the cow. Likewise, missed miles are missed miles. We can't go back and get them.

This week will be a short running week because I also have a backpacking trip planned this weekend. That's right - it's Mt. Whitney time! I'm looking forward to this bucket list item. After all, this was the reason I started rowing and running two years ago. While this is not going to be a technically difficult trip, it presents its own set of challenges. It is only 11 miles from the parking lot to the summit. That's not the problem. The challenge is elevation. At the summit of Mt. Whitney (14,496 feet), there is about a third less oxygen than at sea level. There will be lots of gasping and moving at like 1 mile per hour....

So, that means this week's running will be on the light side:
Monday: Rest day.
Tuesday: Intervals. On the track for 5 X 800. 8 miles total.
Wednesday: 11 mile medium long run
Thursday through Sunday: Mt. Whitney! Thursday I'll be travelling late to the trail head. Friday we'll get a leisurely start and go about half way up and camp. Saturday we'll attack the summit. Make it all the way up? Hope so! We'll the hike out on Saturday and have a leisurely Sunday before returning home.

And b.O.b - here's a teaser for tomorrow's blog post:


  1. Yay! P-Funk! Man, you got a great pic!!! More please.

    Your week looks tough, but you can do it. I've got no doubts.

    I'll let you know how my mental state holds up during this little break. ;)

  2. Have a great time on Whitney. Be safe!
    I met three guys on Saturday that were just starting their 211 mile hike to Whitney from Yosemite. They are planning a 14 day trip. Wouldn't that be cool?

  3. wow sounds like a great vacation. and quite the challenge. glad you're feeling better!! :)

  4. Can't wait to hear about your trek up Whitney. We're talking about doing it next summer.

  5. So exciting about climbing mt Whitney! Enjoy it and take tons of pictures!

  6. Glad to hear you are feeling better!

    Your upcoming trip sounds awesome!

  7. glad you are feeling better! i think a light week from running will be good to ensure your body heals completely, though i'm sure you'll still get in quite the workout with that hike!