Weekly Summary: June 7-1306/14/2010
Mon-AM: 14 miles (2:17) Green Mt. up Back down Gman, 2800′
Predictably dead today. Went very easy.
PM: 9 miles (1:13) Creek Path+Campus
Hot and relatively humid. Temps in the 90s. Legs felt way better than this morning.
Tue-AM: 15 miles (2:15) Green Mt. up Back down Bear Cyn, 3000′
Felt like a human being again this morning. Which is nice.
PM: 9 miles (1:12) Skunk Creek+3mi barefoot at Kitt
Ended up doing the barefoot with Carney (but he was in his usual boats). We got carried away talking so we did a mile more than I’d planned. Boulder Creek borderline flooding today.
Wed-AM: 16 miles (2:28) Green Mt. & Bear Peak, 4200′
Casual 32:42 up the frontside of Green showed me my legs were back, so I tacked on a nice cruise up Bear’s West Ridge. Actually had a fun time descending Fern Canyon. This is probably my favorite loop to do in Boulder. Took a comedic tumble when I caught a toe coming down Skunk Canyon. Somersaulted head-first off the steep trail and dropped into a deep thicket of plum-brush that left my whole right side pock-marked with thorns. Luckily, no one saw me, but now a few days later I think I may have picked up a bit of poison ivy?
PM: 8 miles (1:04) Creek Path+3mi barefoot at Kitt
Nice hot weather–hit this run mid-day to get some heat. Had a helpful acupuncture session with Allison Suddard in the evening.
Thu-AM: 27 miles (4:24) Pikes Peak Summit, 8000′
Caught a ride to Manitou with Jeff and a couple of his friends. Took a while for my legs to get going (I’m used to a little more warm-up before hitting a big hill like that), but once on Barr I couldn’t believe how much more shallow it is compared to what I’ve gotten used to running in Boulder. 1:22 nice and relaxed to Barr Camp from the start at Memorial Park and another 1:12 to the summit (legs finally warmed up) despite maybe half a dozen stretches of still not insignificant snow in the final two miles (some postholing–but it will probably be all clear within another week) and still lacking any real acclimation. Descended casually as I didn’t want to be too tired for the weekend long run and made it down to the finish line in 1:42 from the top for a 4:16 for the full PPM. Back at Memorial I jogged a few more minutes to round out 27 miles. Stopped momentarily at BC on the way down, but unfortunately Neal and Teresa weren’t in–haven’t seen them in a while. Still my favorite mountain of all time. It’s just so damn big and feels like home.
PM: 5 miles (:42) Creek Path
Just running some errands–returned a library book, mailed a bill, picked up a few groceries.
Fri-AM: 15 miles (2:10) Green Mt. up Greg-Gman down Front, 3000′
Fun easy run with Jeff on some vintage routes. The northeast ridge and 2nd Flatiron trail offer some premo views. Finished up with 2mi of barefoot at Kitt.
Sat-AM: 16 miles (2:16) Green Mt., up Back down Bear Cyn, 3000′
Raining the whole way. Some sleet/graupel fell higher on the mountain. Weather is causing me to push the final long run back a couple of days. At first it felt good to thaw out in the sauna afterwards–but, then pretty quickly it sucked just as much as usual.
PM: 8 miles (1:01) Creek Path+3mi barefoot at Kitt
Sun-AM: 17 miles (2:25) Green Mt. up Back down Bear Cyn, 3000′
Still raining. Gave Jurker the tour and did a lot of splashing through the high water in Bear Cyn. Legs feeling great, hope to get out for one last semi-long one tomorrow to give Scott a real picture of the area. Hopefully, by time I’m recovered from WS he’ll be fully acclimated and we can do a lot of sweet high-country running.
PM: 8 miles (1:03) Creek Path+3mi barefoot at Kitt
Snuck this one in between rain showers. My goodness, what weather.
-Hours: 24h 30min
2010 Summits (Day 164)
Another very satisfactory week of running in the legs. All that’s really left to do is not run.