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San Elijo Hills Trail Marathon — Race Report by Dax Ross
I could only see about 3 feet in front of my car, the white sheet of fog bouncing the light back in my eyes, and covering everything on the short 5 minute drive from my house to Double Peak Park. Turns out the park doesn’t open until sunrise. We parked at the bottom of the hill and hiked the steep, rocky trail to the top, to the start of the Inaugural San Elijo Hills Trail Marathon.
There is a solid group of consistent runners that meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning between 5:30 and 6 (an email circulates the night before to determine the time and distance). There are about six people who show up regularly to run give or take 6 trail miles while the neighborhood sleeps.
It was on one of these early morning trail runs that I mentioned, between gasps for air, that we could probably string together a bunch of these trails into a marathon. Luckily there were only three of us on this particular run. The voices of reason chose to sleep in that morning, and about three hours, and some fervent typing on Gmap-Pedometer, I had a course mapped out and a Facebook group. I invited some friends, and the group grew, then shrunk when people saw the course and the elevation profile, then grew again.
On the morning of July 7th, 18 of us hiked above the layer of thick fog, I said a few words about the course, clapped my hands and said go. We descended down the steep, rocky hill for a loop that would take all 18 of us on 18 unique courses. At various points on the course, every one of us would get lost, be reduced to a walk, and at some point, curse me. Everyone would marvel at the amazing aid stations, stocked with juicy watermelon, fresh oranges, ice cold water and Gatorade, cookies, rice balls, pretzels, potatos dipped in salt, and vitamin B shots (seriously…syringes) set up by friends, girlfriends, parents, wives, and kids. It was about a 1:1 ratio of supporters to racers, and we all felt very spoiled. The aid stations were so good that it was hard to leave. READ MORE and see more photos. Watch YouTube video
When: April 8, 2009 5:45 PM
Where: San Elijo Middle School Track
Spring is in the air, the weather is beautiful, the sun is staying out later in the evenings, which can only mean one thing; it’s time to partake in some pain and suffering and possibly vomiting while trying to get in shape.
We will start out this series of track workouts with a few weeks of strengthening and improving running form by working on your running efficiency (3-4 weeks). We will then move on to building a nice, solid base (6-8 weeks), and concluding with a sharpening period (2-3) weeks where we should all be able to break the 4 minute mile barrier. Maybe not, but I guarantee that if you stick with the track workouts you will get faster.
This will be a great chance to run at your own pace without fear of getting dropped or going too slow. We will start this series gently, so it is ideal for those who have been thinking about starting a running program. These workouts will be geared toward your individual level of fitness and will be beneficial for all levels of runners.
The goal for these track workouts is to raise your VO2Max, or put more simply, to be able to run at the same comfort level while getting faster. Your VO2 max is a measure of the maximum amount of oxygen your body can use to produce energy. Increasing your VO2 max is relatively easy for new runners or runners at a lower training level. Speed workouts also improve your neuromuscular conditioning, lactate turn point and running economy.
The track is located at the San Elijo Middle School on the corner of Elfin Forest Rd. E. and Schoolhouse Way. Note: the map also shows the track on the wrong side of San Elijo Rd. If you are driving downhill, turn left on Schoolhouse Way, if you are driving uphill, turn right on Schoolhouse Way. You can park at the access gate on Schoolhouse Way or in the main parking lot of the San Elijo Middle School. Meet at the far end of the track near the pull-up bars.
Here is the plan:
5:45 – 6:15 Warm up and stretch
6:15 – 6:30 Running drills and strength
6:30 – 6:45 Main set
6:45 – Cool down
Here is a map to the track – track entrance
Oh yeah, it’s free.
Please bring water and a watch.
Email me with any questions. Hope you can make it,
More info here – http://www.meetup.com/runningmeetup/calendar/10119601/