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Tom Laramee
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December 10th, 2022
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Trail Running Summary for 2022

Note: I managed to sneak a run in after I originally published this, so the post has been updated with the new data.

I've been trying to find places to run for ~3 weeks now and it looks like this year may be finished in terms of trail running. The usual haunts (exits 34, 45, and 47 off of I-90) are buried under an avalanche of snow, and the Mountain Loop Highway is closed.

I tried to run Rainy Lake on 11/04 and it was a nightmare... arguably the worst rainy conditions I've ever run in. And since then, I've been out to try to run Mason Lake, and/or Olallie Lake, and/or anywhere in North Bend and I can't due to my profound inability to get to a trailhead.

So with that said, perhaps it's okay to do a year-end summary.

Here's a table of trail run data from runs in 2022 that I classified as "Training[1]":

Date
Description
Cond.
Miles
Elevation
Time
Pace Out
02/13
Poor
7.7
2,111'
1:54:00
17:12
02/21
Poor
7.3
2,510'
1:56:27
16:06
02/27
Poor
7.7
1,456'
1:43:43
12:51
03/13
Poor
8.4
2,151'
2:01:54
15:24
03/27
Poor
7.8
2,009'
1:54:58
16:53
04/13
Poor
8.5
837'
1:35:55
12:01
05/02
Regular
10.4
1,343'
2:11:04
12:17
05/16
Poor
7.9
1,892'
2:12:39
19:06
05/30
Poor
5.9
2,268'
2:22:07
24:09
06/05
Poor
7.7
1,958'
1:52:43
17:02
06/05
Regular
7.0
2,100'
1:46:36
14:33
07/01
Regular
6.9
1,416'
1:40:46
15:32
07/12
Regular
8.8
2,826'
2:09:31
15:01
09/15
Regular
6.0
1,744'
1:12:24
12:52
09/23
Regular
10.8
2,642'
2:34:28
14:24
10/04
Regular
6.6
2,532'
2:19:37
21:23
10/13
Regular
8.8
2,866'
2:15:15
16:15
10/21
Regular
10.2
2,562'
2:20:53
14:18
11/09
Regular
10.6
1,470'
2:12:19
12:08
11/18
Regular
9.0
844'
1:37:42
11:35
10/21
Regular
7.3
1,329'
1:46:48
14:12
12/12
Poor
7.3
1,832'
2:03:45
19:42

Here are some stats on those numbers:

Average Run Distance:
8.1 miles
Average Run Duration:
1:58:06
Average Elevation Gain:
1,890'
Average Pace Out:
15:35 (min/mile)
Total Elevation Gain:
8.25 miles

Note that if you take out the data where trail conditions were Poor, and remove Rainy Lake (as it's a total outlier in terms of pace), my Average Pace Out becomes 14:10 (minutes/mile), which I think is a little more representative of my actual pace.

Some things of note, in no particular order:

 

 
Some "Maintaining" Runs

Note that I did do some runs I classified as "Maintaining", meaning: they were decent, but not what I'd consider to be "Training" per se[2].

These were generally "I have no other option"-type runs... e.g.: running on the Dingford Creek Access Road was among the least enjoyable of any run I've done (but at least I could find a place to run).

Date
Description
Cond.
Miles
Elevation
Time
Pace Out
01/01
Burke Gilman (on ice!)
Poor
7.1
328'
1:00:56
8:51
01/11
Snoqualmie Middle Fork (Road)
Poor
7.0
314'
1:12:46
8:44
01/16
Middle Fork to Dingford Creek
Poor
8.2
396'
1:21:54
10:09
11/04
Rainy Lake (partial)
Poor
3.0
795'
0:56:58
19:25
12/02
Discovery Park x2
Regular
5.4
546'
0:49:56
9:13
12/08
Discovery Park x2 (+ stairs x3)
Regular
5.5
685'
0:54:57
9:57

These runs are intended to try to maintain some kind of reasonable level of cardiovascular condition for when the "real trail runs" resume.

 
 
Footnotes:
[1] I think of these as "sufficiently long" (distance-wise) and with "sufficiently high [elevation gain]".
[2] It's a little murky, my thinking here. It's all fairly arbitrary really.
[3] The "Rainy Lake (partial) on 05/30 was particularly bad. I spent a half-hour trying to mark off the trail as I approached the final steep ascent section (to no avail) and I did manage to get lost for a brief (by scary) time trying to find my way back.