Monday, April 18, 2011

Thin Air is Thin

Before I explain the meaning behind that totally ingenious, original, and non-meme-influenced post title, I'll give you a quick[ish] update on my running endeavors here in Maui.  Since my last post, I've done only one real workout (and by real I mean one prescribed by my super duper official track pre-season conditioning sheet that I'm supposed to use over break).

It was 2 days ago, and I ran over to some spiffy resort named The Ridge, which is on top of a large hill.  Surprising, I know.  Around the resort and on top of the hill is a series of smaller, rolling hills.  I found one that was a pretty slight grade and not too long that I could do hill repeats on.  It was about 150-175 meters, and I tackled it at 400 pace (I apologize for my odd units of measurement, Track takes its toll on me).  As I mentioned, the incline wasn't too steep, but it was hot, and I was doing the workout by myself.  I only did 4 repeats of it, had I been with the rest of my team on a Monday work-out I probably could have squeezed out a couple more.

The next day, yesterday, is what this super witty title applies to.  We drove several hours from Napili (where we're staying) up to Haleakala Crater, which is 10,000 feet above sea level.  Atmospheric UV protection is minimal and the air is thin.  From the top, one can hike like 7 miles down into the base of the crater.  I have younger siblings, so unfortunately I didn't get a chance to make the whole trek.  Instead we hiked down only like a mile and a half.  Well I ran down, but I'll get to that in a sec.  First feel jealous about the beautiful picture I've embedded below.

Looking down into the crater.
 Jogging down the trail wasn't too bad.  I barely even got winded on the steep decline.  Going back up was a total different story.  In that air its impossible to get enough air, especially when going uphill.  I could only run like 40 or 50 strides at a time before switching to a brisk walk.  It was pretty weird getting completely out of breath that fast.

Look what the low pressure air did to this bag of chips!
So yeah, that's about it for running related stuff.  Because its a sign I'm getting off track when I start discussing explosive bags of chips.  Tonight once the sun goes down I plan to go for a long run at a nice and slow pace.

8 comments:

  1. Both pictures are cool- the crater and the chips! How fun!

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  2. Hey Luke,

    Nice place to go on vacation. It beats the heck out of Cape Cod. Enjoy!

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  3. Awesome blog man. I just started running again and found your blog from Google. Looks like you have a lot of good info here!

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