Thursday, March 15, 2012

Salt Flats 100 and Lovin the Spring Weather

I ran this morning WITHOUT gloves for the 2nd day in a row, which is amazing.  It isn't really that cold here but I always start my runs at 5:30 in the morning when it is usually very cold.  In the afternoons, I stare out my window and wish I was out enjoying the sunshine but that never happens!

Anyway, it was near 50 when I started at 5:30 this morning.  I had a sleeveless running shirt and a jacket on with my beanie and I was hot!  By the end of the run I had my jacket tied around my waist and generating plenty of heat.  It had started to rain but it felt nice. 

Today I did an out and back from the Boise Zoo towards Lucky Peak on the greenbelt.  As always, I was running into a slight wind to start but it didn't seem to slow me down too much.  My goal was 7:30 pace for 5 miles out and an 8:30 pace for the 5 miles back.  I nailed the out time and ended up running faster than my goal on the way back.  I was happy to have the speed but conscious of the fact that I need to control my speed at Salt Flats.

The Salt Flats 100 course starts with 16 miles of straight and flat, the you make a left turn and go straight and flat until mile 22.  So, needless to say, I will need to get pacing under control early so I don't wear myself out.  There is a fair bit of climbing so I am hoping to use the hills for a planned walk / run strategy. 

I am feeling better every day and looking forward to the challenge.


  1. You have to stop staring out that window looking sadly at the sunshine and join me one of these days again! :) You're going to do really great at Salt Flats! I think you've learned a lot since your last 100 and that experience will serve you well this time around! Put me on record as saying I think you'll go sub 23!!!

  2. I have that mid-day longing to run too! The weather has been so perfect here during the day, but like you said, at 5:30am it's still brisk. I cherish those runs when I don't have to use a headlight.

  3. Thanks Christie! I'll do my best. Cory, I was just getting used to some sun in the AM and the daylight savings hit!! It will be back soon enough. Seems kind of lame though to need to do 'day' runs and 'heat' training for an April race in Utah? :D

  4. That route looks very cool Ryan. I am looking forward to hearing the post report. Good luck and have fun!

  5. Thanks Ed, I am terrible at post race reports but I will do my best!!


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