|Craig-Szablewski Wedding PC Johnny Vogel|
After a nineteen week hiatus from competing in a race, it was finally time to toe the line once again. It was far from an uneventful break however, in the time between races, I passed my PT board exam, traveled back east to get married, traveled around Peru for a month and landed my first PT position in Okanogan County.
I decided that the Cougar Mountain Marathon in Issaquah, would be the best choice for a tune up race before the IMTUF 100. Although the race location required a lengthy drive across the state, Apryle and I were able to stop in Peshastin Pennacles State Park for some climbing the day before the race which broke up the monotony of the road.
|Climbing Peshastin Pennacles|
The past two months I have been focusing intently on vertical gain, time on the feet and a weekly long run. In my first two hundred mile attempts I focused on high weekly mileage without a standout long run, which gave me subpar results. Therefore, in the lead up to my third hundred mile race, I have been altering my approach.
The Cougar Mountain Marathon would serve as a measuring stick in terms of pacing on a hilly course and also serve as one of my weekly long runs. I had run in the area a few times prior when I lived in Seattle, so I was familiar with the trails. However, I have rarely run at Cougar Mountain without getting lost, the race was no exception.
|Adam & I Pre Race|
|Onto the Trail|
|Apryle & I at McLaughin Canyon|
|Cougar Mountain Marathon |
Elevation Profile (Strava)
|Month||Dates||Mileage||Time||Vertical (ft)||Long Run|
|April||3 to 9||21.36||5:43:35||4,085||8|
|April||10 to 16||49.26||8:04:11||5,918||7.11|
|April||17 to 23||68.67||11:01:07||7,680||20.01|
|April||24 to 30||47.54||6:33:28||4,750||20.05|
|May||1 to 7||68.14||10:18:53||7,805||12.63|
|May||8 to 14||74.31||10:20:52||9,937||16.96|
|May||15 to 21||68.63||9:43:18||6,959||10.07|
|May||22 to 28||62.46||8:54:01||5,178||10.01|
|May||29 to 4||77.76||10:52:51||3,675||16.16|
|June||5 to 11||51.91||13:13:21||12,844||12.41|
|June||12 to 18||25.82||9:41:11||8,464||8.99|
|June||19 to 25||83.21||22:49:55||11,539||17.43|
|June||26 to 2||63.14||8:31:58||2,982||10.1|
|July||3 to 9||95.55||18:31:29||13,494||26.1|
|July||10 to 16||75.52||11:33:38||10,643||18.37|
|July||17 to 23||75.75||12:51:59||7,779||20.06|
|July||23 to 30||89.36||17:25:04||23,556||39|
|August||31 to 6||61.62||8:32:27||10,640||11.6|
|August||7 to 13||66.87||10:28:29||10,883||26.25|