John F Doyle’s Adventure Blog

October 9, 2009

Solo Trail Running

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Just ran over the top and end to end of Rattlesnake Mt.

Here is a link to Google maps with a nifty overlay:  click!

I started on the west end, climbed 2732 feet, then descended 2909 feet to Rattlesnake lake on the east side. The trail signs said 10.5 miles, but my iPhone GPS Motion X app said 9.61 miles. I thought my time was a little slow, soooo maybe there is an accuracy issue with the altitude change.

It was great to run solo. Nobody to wait for and nobody had to wait for me!  At my wife’s urging, I carried an “industrial strength” pepper spray in case I ran into a hungry bear or cougar, though I probably would have just sprayed my own eyes to avoid watching the inevitable!

The best part was meeting my wife and her friend at the Rattlesnake ledge and drinking a steaming hot coffee before running the last two miles to the lake – what a treat!!

More trail running to come!


July 26, 2009

More Barefooting!

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Just did the Bonneville Lakeshore trail in Salt Lake City on Friday, July 24.

I filled my 2.5 litre MSR hydration pack with ice cubes and water, took the TRAX light rail to the Medical center stop and accessed the trailhead. It was in the nineties and sunny, so an ideal day for an easy run. I used my new toy, an iPhone 3GS with the MotionX GPS app to track my run.

I ran a little more than 7 miles in less than an hour and a half. I topped out at 5933 feet, and finished at 4435 feet. Max heartrate was only 184, so I wasn’t really pushing myself too hard. Best of all, I wore my Vibram Five Fingers (you can’t really call them shoes!) and didn’t encounter a single problem. The next day I was a little tired, but no specific soreness. I had encountered Achilles Tendonitis in the past, but I have been stretching and running without traditional “support” shoes.

I think I’m onto something!!

March 18, 2009

Barefoot Running

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I started running six years ago and discovered barefoot running two years ago. Most of my running is on trails, with a few monthly track workouts and some roadwork when there are no trails. I really don’t have many barefoot options, especially in the winter here in Seattle. For a barefoot “feel”, I started using the Nike Free 3.0 and I am on my second pair. Last year I heard about the Vibram Five Fingers shoe, and bought a pair on an overnight in Oakland, CA. I now use them on short three to five mile runs on trails in a park near my house, and I felt I had enough time in them to try a fourteen mile run on the dike system in south San Fran bay near San Jose, CA last weekend. Other than my feet feeling a little beat up for a few hours after, I had none of the usual leg stiffness that I usually have after that South Bay run. Vibram really has got a good product and it is as close to barefoot running that I can get without worrying about shredding my feet on glass or other sharp objects on the trail.

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