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Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Adventure

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Location:

Lake Havasu City,AZ,

Member Since:

Sep 29, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

19 marathons (2 DNFs)

6 Bostons (2007-2011, 2017)

3 Half Ironmans

2 50 Milers

1 Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim

Marathon PR:

     2:59:00 St. George 2008

     2:58:03 Boston 2010

 1/2 Marathon PR:

     1:25:41  Havasu Half 2009

     1:24:09 Painter's St.George 2010

 Half Ironman PR:

      5:25:02  HITS Havasu 2014

5K PR:

       18:23  LHC Turkey Trot 2014

        18:22  LHC Turkey Trot 2017

50 mile PR:

        7:56:14 Avalon50 2016

Short-Term Running Goals:

Break 3 hours again

Doing it a Boston would be sweet!

It was sweet!

Break 3 hours again, but now as a masters runner. It's been 9 years since my last sub 3. I better do this soon as I'm not getting any younger.

 

UPCOMING RACES

Nov 3 Mt. Lemon Marathon (Tucson)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep on running.

Complete a Full Ironman

 

Personal:

Married

4 kids

Optometrist

 

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 45.00 Month: 168.00 Year: 1788.00
BareFoot Lifetime Miles: 26.00
Altra Superior Lifetime Miles: 403.00
Salomon Wings Pro 2 Lifetime Miles: 396.00
Altra Lone Peaks Lifetime Miles: 238.00
Kinivara 8- Grey Lifetime Miles: 415.00
Kinivara 9 Lifetime Miles: 284.00
Nike Pegasus 35 Lifetime Miles: 105.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
151.200.000.000.000.00151.20
MonTrail Miles: 26.20Reebok Reelflex Miles: 8.00Asics DS Racer Miles: 25.00Asics Tarther Miles: 24.00Sketchers Sonic Miles: 40.00Adidas Adios Boost Miles: 17.00Sportiva Trail Miles: 11.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

In order to save my legs for my Grand Canyon adventure tomorrow, I just swam this morning.

43 minute lake swim

Good luck to everyone running The St. George Marathon on Saturday.  Have fun and enjoy that beautiful, fast course.

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Race: Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Adventure (26.2 Miles) 06:30:00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
26.200.000.000.000.0026.20

This was NOT a race, but it was an epic adventure that deserves a race report.

On Father's Day I was sitting around chatting with my father-in-law and he was telling me about his brother doing a hike across the Grand Canyon and I looked up at him and said, "I'm going to run it."  I quickly texted Blake, "Rim to rim of the Grand Canyon on Oct. 2nd."  He immediately replied, "I'm in," and the adventure was planned.

Thursday we took off after lunch and arrived at the Grand Canyon around 5:00.  We went in and found the Bright Angel Trailhead, took in some amazing views, and had dinner there at the Bright Angel Lodge.  We then went to our hotel right outside the park, got all our gear together, and settled in for a good night's rest.  

We awoke at 5:00, gathered our stuff and off we went.  We were at the trailhead by 6:00 as the morning sky was starting to light up and around 6:15 took off on our run.  The trail is steep and rocky with a lot of steps and switch backs so you can't run as fast as you would like.  The views are amazing and we stopped regularly to take pictures.  Just 3 miles into the run we stopped to shed our light pull overs, but the first rest stop was at Phantom ranch which is at the bottom of the canyon and 10 miles into the run.  We refilled our water bottles and had something to eat before continuing on around 8:15.  95% of the rest of the run was uphill, but the next  7 miles or so were not too steep so were all runable.  It was getting warmer though and we were happy to arrive at Cottonwood camp to refill our empty bottles and rest a bit.  

I could tell Blake was strating to hurt at this point and the trail was starting to get steeper so I tried to slow my pace. The next stop was at a Ranger's Station and it was only a few miles but it felt much further.  Once again we refilled our bottles and had a bit of a rest. At this point we only had 4 to 5 miles to go, but it was all a very steep uphill so most of the rest of the adventure was power hiked with just a few small stretches of running.  Blake was cramping, all his leg muscles, but he was tough and kept moving forward through the pain.  At one point on this stretch there was a slight downhill and I asked him if he was up to running. He said he was so I started running, crossed a bridge and started climbing a bit when a lady I was passing asked if I had come from the South Rim that morning. I told her, yes WE have been running since around sun rise.  She said, who else? I looked behind me and Blake was not there.  I waited a few minutes and finally I saw him walking across the bridge below. I guess right when he started to run he cramped hard and had to walk.  Needless to say, from that point on we only walked, but it was so steep that walking was even hard.  Eventually we hit the last water stop on the trip about 2 miles from the top.  After drinking up and refilling our bottles, we convinced ourselves to start back up.  Those last 2 miles were painful.

We were so happy to make it to the top around 12:45, until we realized we still had to make it to the North Rim Lodge which was about 2 miles from were we where.  A small sence of dispare set in, but we had a shuttle to catch, so we marched on finally reaching the Lodge and stopping my watch which ironicly read 26.2 miles exactly.  We cleaned up in the rest room, got some coke and pizza, and enjoyed the amazing veiw before we caught our shuttle around 1:45.  I thought the north rim was more breath taking than the south rim.

The shuttle ride back takes 4 1/2 hours.  We road with some nice people who were going to stay the night on the south rim and then hike back the next day. The were going to start their hike at 2 am!  After getting back we met up with Blake's brothers, had some dinner and headed home.

It was an amazing adventure and was much more difficult than I had imagined.  Now I want to try and run Rim to Rim to Rim though.

Fuel:  3 homemade goos, 2 Lara bars, snack pack of pistachios, water

MonTrail Miles: 26.20
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16 mile bike ride. A few miles in it started pouring rain. There were a few puddles that were shin deep that I had to ride through.  It was fun, but I was soaked. Very mild quad soreness from Friday's run. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

I was going to swim this morning, but the dark clouds were rolling in again like yesterday and I didn't want to get caught out in the lake in a storm like yesterday, so I decided to do a short run.

4 very easy miles.  Avg HR 126

It did rain on me during this run, but a light rain...nothing like yesterday.

Reebok Reelflex Miles: 4.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

My legs felt fine on yesterday's run, so I figured I was recovered enough to start running to seminary again. 

7 easy miles, Avg HR 130

Then 10 mile bike.

Asics DS Racer Miles: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

I hadn't done a MAF test in a few weeks and I figured my legs were recovered from the Grand Canyon run last weekend so I stopped at the gym on my run to seminary and did one.  

3 miles on TM keeping HR at 141 or lower:  1- 7:17, 2- 7:25, 3- 7:30

It was another improvement in the MAF test.  My goal is to eventually do it at MP.

I then finished my run to and then from seminary for a total of 10 miles with an avg. HR of 133.

Then I did a 10 mile bike. 

Asics Tarther Miles: 10.00
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63 mile bike

3hours 37 minutes

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

6 easy 

15 min ocean swim 

Sketchers Sonic Miles: 6.00
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45 min swim in lap pool. 

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6.000.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles on sandy beach

Sketchers Sonic Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

7 easy

Sketchers Sonic Miles: 7.00
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6.000.000.000.000.006.00

6 easy

Sketchers Sonic Miles: 6.00
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Our family spent the last week in Puerto Vallarta with Blake's family. It was a wonderful, fun week. Every day but Tuesday Blake and I got up and ran together for about an hour, nice and easy at a low HR. It was the perfect way to start off each day of vacation. On Tuesday we got in some swimming later in the afternoon after an excursion to the Marietas Islands were we did some scuba diving. 

Sketchers Sonic Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

7 easy mile-- Avg HR 133

10 mile bike

Asics Tarther Miles: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

9 easy miles -- avg HR 132, with a 25 minute lake swim thrown in the middle.

Asics DS Racer Miles: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

7 easy mile- Avg HR 134

Then 10 mile bike

Adidas Adios Boost Miles: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

9 easy mile- Avg HR 131, with a 25 minute lake swim on the way home.

Sketchers Sonic Miles: 9.00
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55 mile bike with Blake this morning...last long ride before the half IM 2 weeks from tomorrow.

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4.000.000.000.000.004.00

4 easy trail miles before heading out for a busy day of work and soccer games. It was beautiful out this morning...low 60s and no wind.
 

Reebok Reelflex Miles: 4.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

7 easy miles...avg HR 137... followed by 10 miles on the bike.

Asics Tarther Miles: 7.00
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9 easy miles...avg HR 136...with a 25 minute lake swim on the way back.

I am surprised the water is still pleanty warm enough to swim without a wetsuite.

Asics DS Racer Miles: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
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Normal run to seiminary, but on the way home I stopped at the gym and did a MAF test: 3 miles on TM at or below HR of 141...1-7:10, 2-7:19, 3-7:29.

Another little improvement with the low HR running. 

Total run 10 miles

Adidas Adios Boost Miles: 10.00
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40 minute lake swim...choppy waters. 

I wore my wetsuit for the first time this fall, good thing because the water temperature had significantly dropped since Tuesday. 

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7.000.000.000.000.007.00

7 easy, fun trail miles...avg. HR 132

Sportiva Trail Miles: 7.00
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An easy BRICK. 

20 mile bike

4 mile trail run. Avg. HR 136

Sportiva Trail Miles: 4.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
151.200.000.000.000.00151.20
MonTrail Miles: 26.20Reebok Reelflex Miles: 8.00Asics DS Racer Miles: 25.00Asics Tarther Miles: 24.00Sketchers Sonic Miles: 40.00Adidas Adios Boost Miles: 17.00Sportiva Trail Miles: 11.00
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