Hudson would be proud of this morning's route.. The advantage to living on top of a mountain is being able to finish a run with a long uphill. I planned on just cruising down to Walker Ranch this morning and doing part of the trail (9 miles round trip), but at 6:30 am in the pitch dark I thought it more prudent to stay on the roads and avoid becoming breakfast for a poomuh. I opted to stay on the road and ran to Gross Reservoir, which is quite the opposite of 'gross'.. Here is the elevation profile:
Brad Hudson advocates finishing runs uphill as it stimulates more muscle fiber activation. When a muscle gets very fatigued part of it can shut down and stop firing economically. You can force them to re-fire by taking them out of their normal movement pattern. In cycling this is called 'variable gearing' which is used in conjunction with big gear work. In running- doing runs on a very rolling and undulating course or finishing a longer run up a steep hill (strides at the end of a long run also work) can have the same effect. The run from this morning is about the easiest I can find close to my house.. good news? Yes I think so. It's a brutal run and I love it..