Dec 2 – 812/09/2013
Mon-AM: 0:32, 500′ ~ Sunshine Canyon
Out and back on the basically flat trail that goes up the Canyon. Still clearing some congestion out of my sinuses and still mostly deaf (ear infection that caused blisters on my ear drums), but I could tell that the run wasn’t doing any harm.
Tue-AM: 0:44, 1200′ ~ Sunshine-Red Rocks
Just a loop up the canyon and back up over the hill. First foray into some vert felt good. I love running.
Wed-AM: 1:34, 1800′ ~ Sanitas
Took the back way up Sanitas in the -5F temps and fresh snow and then finished up with a big loop on the streets to extend the time. I forgot how much I love running in winter.
Thu-AM: 1:31, 3000′ ~ Green
Ran to Chat and then up and down the mountain. More cold weather and snow, tons of fun.
Fri-AM: 1:34, 3000′ ~ Green
Another lap on Green, pretty much exactly the same as yesterday except the route was a little more packed.
Sat-AM: 1:58, 3200′ ~ Green
Up the mountain and then down Bear Canyon and back to Chat before running home. But these inversion layers make it super cold after descending the mountain.
Sun-AM: 1:58, 3200′ ~ Green
Exact same run as yesterday but it was noticeably warmer than the last few days at +12F. Funny how 15 degrees can make things feel so much more comfortable.
Such a relief to start back running this week and finally feel that my legs are back under me for the first time since UTMB. Running is so much fun.
The Hardrock lottery on Saturday was, of course, a disappointment for me—I’d be so psyched to join that field at the front—but so it goes. As such, my 2014 plans have solidified a little more. I’m planning on heading out to Moab in February for the early season classic Red Hot 55K as a tune-up before the 125K Transgrancanaria on March 1st. I haven’t decided about April yet, but I very much expect to race Transvulcania in May, maybe Zegama, and then probably another crack at Nolans 14 in June before Speedgoat and UTMB in July and August. TGC, Nolans, and UTMB will be the focus efforts for the year.
This next week, I’m heading out to the northeast with Joel Wolpert for a trio of “In The High Country” film screenings in:
Burlington, VT (11th)
New York City (17th)
Click the links for ticket information.