Saturday, May 27, 2017

This Week in Running 5/21 - 5/27


Rescue on the Bike Trail



DayMileage / WorkoutComments
Sunday139:15ish pace. Solid run
Monday5Easy
Tuesday4Medium Effort
WednesdayOff
Thursday1010 miles at 9:00 min / mile pace. Good run
Friday5Easy
Saturday1410 Miles at 9:00 min / mile pace.
Total miles for the week: 50; YTD: 832.25




Week's Summary

This week I really wanted to pump up the volume on my runs.  I started on Saturday with a decent run and I had visions of logging a high mileage week.  I ran Sunday's run way too fast (I was feeling good) and wound up feeling pretty burned out by Monday.  I more or less ran 2 half marathons on subsequent days at half marathon pace.  So early in the week I was in a hole as far as training went.

I finally felt pretty good by Thursday and really tore up the bike trail.  I do pause my Garmin when I am getting water so my pace isn't truly honest but none the less it felt good.

Throughout the week though I was feeling pretty sore.  I am way overdue for a week of minimal running.

Weight Loss


After a week of goofing around in Nevada and eating too much of all the wrong I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had only gained a pound.  After a few days of running I was back down to sub 180 (179.8).  I'd still like to get down to sub 175 or so but until I made a concentrated efforts, my results will be hit and miss.  


Emergency on the Bike Trail


This should've gone on last week's recap but I have some time to recap it here.  I was running pretty hard last Saturday and I reached my turnaround point -- about 6 miles out.  I took a slug of Tailwind and started to head back.

Upon turning around a pair of cyclists saw me and were asked, "Did you see that person laying on the side of the bike trail?"  I said no and they explained there was someone lying beside the trail a little ways up.

So we all went there and sure enough there was a person lying slumped on the bike trail.  Now I've seen a lot of things on the bike trail over the years, but my first thought was, "is this person even alive?"

I determined it was a woman and it looked like she wasn't breathing.  I didn't really have a working phone -- I carry a phone but it doesn't have a SIM card in it.  It can dial 911 and play music but that's about it.  The cyclists seemed reluctant to get involved.

I tried waking the young woman (probably in her early 20s) after realizing her breathing was shallow. but she was completely unresponsive.

So I made the executive decision to call 911.  It took a while for me to relay where my location was -- you are sort of away from any major roads at that point and I didn't know the exact location of where I was, other than about a quarter mile from some veteran's memorial park.

Finally she started coming around and by the time 911 figured out where we were, she was somewhat coherent and I managed to walk with her to the park.

I did smell a liquor on her, so my *guess* is that she had a little too much.  There may have been other factors at play too.  Either way it was scary, as when I found her, she was in a bad position and if she had gotten sick, she would've certainly choked to death.



Upcoming Races


I think this is the first time in a long time I have not raced in the month of May.  April was a crazy month in terms of a marathon and a 30K the week after.  Also my mom was visiting and I spent a good amount of time entertaining her and traveling.  It did enable me to take a bit of a break, but I certainly missed it -- especially the Ogden Marathon. I am hoping to race a bit more in the month of June and I might have something special planned for next weekend.

06/04: Sun Valley Half Marathon - Ketchum, ID (Confirmed)
06/17: Lamoille Canyon Half Marathon - Lamoille / Elko, NV (Confirmed)
06/24: Utah Midnight Half Marathon - Provo, UT (Confirmed)
07/07: Utah Midnight (Legacy) Half Marathon - Farmington, UT (Confirmed)
08/19: Dam Train Race - 12 KM Race - Midway, UT (Confirmed)
11/12: Las Vegas Marathon - Las Vegas, NV (Confirmed)
04/21: Salt Lake City Marathon - Salt Lake City, UT (Confirmed (2018))

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Valley of Fire State Park - Overton, Nevada



Introduction


In 2014, I visited the Valley of Fire, a Nevada State Park located about 30 minutes north of Las Vegas.  Since visiting, I've wanted to return.  There were a few areas that I had missed or hadn't had time to explore.

This time, while traveling from Las Vegas to Mesquite, I had some extra time as to take in the areas.

Valley of Fire, is located about 20 minutes off of I-15.  There is an exit that is clearly identified next to a Chevron gas station.  You basically take the road east and pay your $10 at the gate and you are in.  Keep in mind, there are no gas stations nearby and water sources appear to be somewhat limited.  Keep in mind there isn't a lot of shelter or shade here, so if the temperature is hot you will suffer.  The best time to visit is fall through spring.

This trip I wound up seeing some of the petrified logs, some petroglphys and re-hiked Mouse's Tank Trail. 

I wound up spending a few hours here and even though it was a Tuesday, there were a fair amount of people here.  This is definitely worth the stop and it has so many enjoyable and unique things to see.  Who would've guessed this exists just a short distance from Lake Mead and the I-15 freeway?

Parking lot of the Beehives

The "Beehives"


The "Beehives"




Climbing some of the rocks at the"Beehives"

Petrified logs

Petrified logs



Atatl Rock




The "Arch"





Mouse Tank Trail Petroglyph

















This Week in Running 5/14 - 5/20




Run along Mesquite Nevada's bike path

DayMileage / WorkoutComments
Sunday3Easy
MondayOff
TuesdayOff
Wednesday5Run through Mesquite, NV
Thursday5Run through the canyons of Wendover, UT
Friday72 miles hard, 5 fairly easy
Saturday12Long run along the Jordan River at 9:15 pace. Solid effort
Total miles for the week: 32; YTD: 782.25




Week's Summary


Well this week was definitely a "down" week for me -- and much needed.  I took some time off early in the week by "only" running 3 miles on Sunday.  Monday and Tuesday I found myself on the Las Vegas Strip.  For those that have gone to Las Vegas, particularly the Strip, it isn't the best area for running.  There is too many intersections with crazy taxi drivers and it just isn't a good place to run for me. Sure I'll do the Vegas Marathon but running from the Mirage just isn't a "good" run.

I finally made it to Mesquite, NV on Tuesday and got a run in.  I love exploring towns and I quickly found a bike trail that seemed to snake its way around town.  I wound up following it for several miles and got a tour of the Virgin River as well as a little goat farm:





On Thursday -- after driving all the way up the eastern side of Nevada I found myself in West Wendover, NV.  I love running the canyons there.  I re-explored an ATV trail behind the cemetery.  I thought it was new but it turns out that I had already been there.  I did get some awesome pictures though and it was an easy and enjoyable run.  I actually spotted some people hiking the canyon, which is like the second time I've seen someone besides me in the canyons there.







Upcoming Races


I might race over Memorial Day weekend.  I haven't completely decided what, if anything, I plan on doing but there is a half marathon on Saturday I am looking at and a 5K (or 10K) on Monday.

06/17: Lamoille Canyon Half Marathon - Lamoille / Elko, NV (Very Probable)
06/24: Utah Midnight Half Marathon - Provo, UT (Confirmed)
07/07: Utah Midnight (Legacy) Half Marathon - Farmington, UT (Confirmed)
08/19: Dam Train Race - 12 KM Race - Midway, UT (Confirmed)
11/12: Las Vegas Marathon - Las Vegas, NV (Confirmed)
04/21: Salt Lake City Marathon - Salt Lake City, UT (Confirmed (2018))