And that would be in even worse shape than Charlie's Loop much to my dismay. All was not lost though as there was a lot of melting on some of the large rocks Purgatory Chasm is known for which would be the perfect opportunity to fit in some training for a new hobby I've suddenly developed an interest in (sound familiar, yup, I haven't changed much!). I guess it's not really new as it was something I first heard about when I was at Crossfit as it has Crossfit style moves but not as crazy as CrossFit but with many of the same training principals like using your body to do a lot of hard work instead of going to a gym and having a machine do it with your assistance. After much searching I was able to find the original video I saw a couple of years ago that made me want to think about incorporating some of their moves during my trail runs now that I'm away from CrossFit and the gym but still want to work my upper and lower body without weights in unconventional ways.
And here is the video above!!!! Now don't let the scaling of the rocks by a shirtless,shoeless jacked up dude scare you as I don't intend on doing any river boulder jumping or crawl on my back through the trails of course as there's a lot of ticks but can incorporate some of their fitness tips into my workout and it beats weights at the awful gym any day and you have to admit it sure looks like fun!! Facebook Page: MovNat
So I'd have a little MovNat Mod (aka move of the day) at Purgatory and do 30 pushups on the rocks of Purgatory. It was a blast and really worked the core as you had to balance yourself on the rocks and the snow while doing them. Winner/Winner Chicken Dinner!!!!!
Anyhow, the sidewalk congestion would be so bad I'd have to pass many and when I pass I normally get on the street and sprint past them continuing to do so until I'm well past and then slow down to get my heart rate back to normal and go back to my usual turtle pace. Sure enough that would last about .10 of a mile and I'd have another obstacle and this time it would be a couple with a stroller and I believe the grandparents right behind taking their time. Sprint time again as I'd get past them and ignore the pain in my ankle as well as my sore toes from my Vibram's feeling funny on my left foot. I'd turn off the Garmin and re adjust my shoes at this point while seriously annoyed as I run to escape and no matter what I did I wasn't escaping anything and the one thing I wanted to escape were people and winter at that point! So out came my Droid where I put on the one song that can remove me from the universe while running roads put it on as a continuous loop as I started running again.
On the Run: Pink Floyd: The trance like stare the guy has in the video is the exact frame of mind I get to when I listen to it while running and my preferred song while road running as I hate it so much! It makes me pick up the pace though so off I went and was grateful to get to the 1 mile mark and turn around as I was only doing two miles considering I'd already done one mile at Purgatory and always take it easy with the Vibram's the first time out as the worst thing you can do is over run with them until your foot and calve muscles get used to them. I'd feel as if I were flying on the way back with more people enjoying the day that I had to pass (also had to stop one more time to adjust the shoe and roll my ankle some as it still hurt). It didn't stop me though as it did feel good to run with just shoes and the song had me going so off ran thinking of nothing but post workout fuel at this point!
Bullet Proof Coffee which are the only calories I consume pre workout (as well as BCAA's) as I train after an over night fast if my workout is in the morning. I will get into this more as my blog continues but if you want to learn more about how you can train your body to burn fat instead of glycogen while working out check out Ultra Running Record Breaker Zach Bitter's blog. His method of nutrition is a lot like what I'm doing and he's going to be doing a blog post on intermittent fasting in the next week or so which will explain the benefits better than I can.
I'd get home and take a nice long epsom salt soak in the tub after popped some ibuprofen and immediately feel better but still have the ankle pain as well as lingering pain in my right knee from all the knee turning I've been taking on the icy trails so am really annoyed with winter at this point as I just want nice green, muddy trails for running as my body can't take running in it in winter anymore.
Take care all.