October 4, 2015: Training run #3 on the Ray Miller course. 17 miles with 2,476 feet elevation gain in 4:59:50.
Last Sunday, I was attacked by mosquitoes and had 50+ bites. (Click here to read about it!) I was traumatized all week and wasn’t sure about going again but training must continue and I need all of the time I can get on the actual Ray Miller 50k course.
My Coyote friends and I headed out early to beat the heat (as the last 2 runs here have been super hot!) but it was cool with a chance of rain! There was a little bit of drizzle so we geared up with our rain jackets. About a half mile on the trail, we were all stripping off our jackets and tying them to our packs! Haha. I was happy my jacket cinched nicely onto my Orange Mud Vest Pack 2 (first time doing this.)
The 2 mile climb up Ray Miller was hard for me this time. My chest felt tight and I was breathing hard. But we were greeted by a beautiful sunrise at the top so it was worth it.
I always love looking back to see where we’ve come from, how far up we are. Pretty cool.
I’m getting more used to this part of the trail now. We just keep going up!
We took the Backbone Trail this time. We ran an out-and-back of the third loop of the Ray Miller course.
The first time we ran here, we ran the middle loop. Last week, we ran the loop on the left, La Jolla. This time, we ran out-and-back on the Sycamore loop.
I’m amazed by how the three loops are all so different in terrain.
The Sycamore Loop had sandy sections, rocky sections and flat fire road, too.
At 6.3 miles, we had to take a left on Sycamore Canyon Road. Our speedy friends left an arrow for us. 🙂
I got hungry at this point and decided to try the Trail Butter my friend, Consuela, gave me! I’d seen it on Instagram but hadn’t had a chance to buy it yet. It was very good and I had some with my pretzels. Yum! You just have to warm it up in your hands first. It hit the spot!
The fire road was pretty and woodsy. However, there was water nearby! Mosquitoes!!! I somehow got bit near my left elbow! I must’ve missed that spot when I was lathering and spraying this morning. Darn! I immediately took out my Off! Deep Woods wipe to put some on my face and arms. Man! And they always seem to bite me on my left side because I also felt one on my left butt cheek! I’m pretty sure I got that one when I went to the porta potty because I sprayed my clothes last night with clothing repellent very thoroughly.
At mile 8, there was a small camp site and porta potties! Woohoo!
We ran for about .75 miles on the Blue Canyon Trail and then had to turn back. We were only supposed to run 4.5 hours but wanted to get to 17 miles total so we extended the out by 10 minutes.
On the return, we climbed back out of the canyon. It seemed very long! Haha.
The rocky parts are still somewhat hard for me. We hiked with a purpose!
I love the view from Overlook Fire Road. Amazing.
I felt much better prepared this time. I didn’t need 4 bottles today since it wasn’t scorching hot like last week but it was good practice.
I ran with the Orange Mud handheld for the first time. I’m not used to handhelds but this one is very comfy.
I was stocked with nutrition. My ultra friend, Angela, recommended I practice eating foods that might be at the aid station on race day. So I packed pretzels and animal crackers in addition to the normal stuff. I also had ginger candy and it was tasty!
With each training run, I’m feeling more and more prepared in terms of what to do (to fight the mosquitoes) and what to pack (for nutrition.) 🙂 I’m still not too confident about finishing a 50k but I’m sure I’ll get stronger as the weeks go by.
This view is worth it, right? 🙂
Your path, your pace, Tam