Time to ramp up the training. North Face Endurance Challenge will take place on December 5th. With the Marin Headlands as the backdrop for this race, get ready for significant elevation change, majestic views of the Bay and San Francisco, and an a**-kicking workout. If you know me, you know I love a good challenge. There are multiple distances to choose from:
50 mile run (for all you torture seekers out there)
50K run (slightly less aggressive)
Half Marathon (doable but still a tough hilly race)
10K (completely manageable within a month’s time)
If you’ve known me at all the past two years, you probably know I’ve had a hip/hamstring injury plaguing me. Let’s just say it involved an aggressive hip hop class in the Mission gone wrong, followed by a half marathon the next morning. That’s what I get for passing it off as a “cramp” and pushing through. Lesson for all: Listen to your body when it yells at you.
Three PT places later (I’ll blog about this in a future entry), I’m now at ActiveCare on Geary http://www.activecare.net/contact.htm. Cort and Yasser have been pushing me hard, which I honestly needed to get back to racing shape.
Typical day at ActiveCare is a 15 minute spin warm up, followed by ultrasound on my hammie, a rub down (best part of PT) and then shuttle exercises, quad squats till I almost fall over (Yasser enjoys this), abductor muscle exercises and core work. I’ve started to see the light at the end of the tunnel and recently was back to a 7:30 minute/ mile or less pace, running fluidly. Now am feeling ready to start ramping up that distance.
With the North Face Endurance Challenge on the radar, it’s time to take this training and PT to a new level.
Will post tentative training plans throughout the next 4 weeks until D-Day. Stay tuned! http://www2.thenorthface.com/endurancechallenge/races/2009/ca/index.html