Weekly Summary: March 8-1403/14/2010
Beautiful day, but the back was pissed off.
Appt with Dr. Rodgers.
Unprintable curses. This injury is so stupid because
it’s not even running-related and yet running hurts it.
but I think maybe not any worse than on just a short run.
beautiful weather had me shirtless the whole way.
Sun-AM: 18 miles (2:55) Green Mt. & Bear Peak, 4000′
Snowing in a foggy cloud up high. This was a bit of a
breakthrough with the back. Just added Bear as a total
whim. Finished up at Kitt Field to round out the miles.
Also, my watch (barometric) read 4400′ climbing on this
loop, but I tend to just count the big (over 500′) climbs,
and on this run there’s the 2800′ to the top of Green and
then the 1200′ from the valley to the top of Bear. I guess
the extra is the rollers on the Mesa trail. Fern Canyon below
the saddle was mostly terrifying bullet-proof ice, even with the
Microspikes, but it would’ve been impossible without them.
Trails were gloriously devoid of people after the circus that
yesterday’s weather brought out.
-Hours: 8h 07min
2010 Boulder Summits (Day 73)
-Green Mt: 77
-Bear Peak: 1
This was a rough week. It’s crazy the effect that running has on my psyche and ability to function in day-to-day life. I was basically worthless this week, which isn’t such a great thing considering the mid-terms I have this week before Spring Break. Oh well, with the apparent return of my ability to run, I’ll rally in the next few days.
Today’s run was borderline great. My back seems to have improved with the increase in running, which is a strange phenomenon that I’ve experienced with other injuries before, but it always baffles/amazes me whenever that’s the case. I haven’t ventured beyond Green Mt. since last October, so it was a real treat today to cruise up on Bear’s high west ridge even if all views were completely obscured by dense fog and blowing snow. I can’t say that the back was entirely pain-free, but right now it seems manageable, and hopefully it will just continue to improve over the next week. Also, the knee was basically 100% pain-free on what was nearly a 3hr run, so that’s another good sign.
This winter I have sort of been stuck in the philosophy that if I was going to be running, especially uphill, then it should be on the trails of Green Mt in pursuit of another summit to add to the tally. I guess maybe my short hiatus this past week served to adjust that hitch in my thinking and I gladly ran uphill on my second-favorite Boulder mountain this morning: Bear Peak (which typically has the best view from the top, but maybe the poorest footing if ascending/descending Fern Canyon–however, after scouring the Internet, I was able to find the OSMP’s Trail Condition Monitoring page and this report shows that “upper Fern” is on the docket for 2010! Very exciting news if you’re a mountain runner in Boulder! Let’s hope they get on that as soon as the snow melts. Also, I am more than willing to help.).
As a result of the receding snow (Bear’s West Ridge Trail normally doesn’t see nearly as consistent of traffic in the winter as the trails on Green Mountain), an improved knee, and me being able to sniff the end of my 100 summits in 100 days quest I’m pretty sure I’ll start venturing over to Boulder OSMP‘s other 8000+’ peaks (Bear and South Boulder) more regularly and will keep a tally of those ascents as well.
Other than that, there’s not much else to say. Just gotta stay healthy. Also, a tight little ballad courtesy of The Walkmen that I’ve been enjoying lately: