AM 1:11; 7.46M; 1,590ft; Drove up to Walker Ranch to run the 7.5 mile loop. Great run, but I felt flat. Nice scenery in the canyon, crossing the S.Boulder Creek, etc… Nice to see how I can connect Eldorado Canyon to this trail.
PM :29; 3.44M; 39ft; Felt much better than this morning. Ran in North Boulder park with just my socks! Nice to get down below 8 min miles too. Did some general mobility stuff along with some bounding and jumping to keep that “explosive” power and speed. Will hopefully become a weekly routine.
AM 1:50; 13.5M; 3,000ft; I did my first “front side” ascent!
Aaron showed me the front side short and steep ascent route, which uses the “saddle rock trail” up to Greenman trail then to Green Mtn. I pushed it very hard on this, as Tuesdays are my hard hill days. Ran 33:23 from the parking lot at Gregory Canyon to the summit of Green mtn. Anton is my benchmark on really all things “Green” and his best is 30 min low… So yeah, while it was my first attempt and my first full week running “trail ultra style”, Anton can blaze up this daddy-o. I went a bit too hard early and had a slower than normal final greenman stretch though. I think I can run sub 33 next week (if trail conditions permit) with a little more patience and less first half hero excitement.
I’m scheming how I can get more of the local stars AKA, Anton, Geoff, Scott and Mackey to join us for our Tuesday (or Thursday!) Green Mountain Time Trial. Doing hard ascents is so much better with a group! Pro, Pro Hopefully AND those just out to run their own best, lets do it!
AM 1:16; 8.98M; 760ft; Nice easy run after the hill-climbing bonanza yesterday with Marcus, pretty slow, but that is what I needed.
PM :30; 3.76M; 133ft Felt way better running on the turf than this morning.
AM 1:15; 9.56M; 533ft The best 2 on 3 off with 3 x 30 second finishes for Aaron and I yet! I averaged 4:50ish pace on the 2 minutes (on wonderland trails). On the 30 seconds we were flying, running 3:30ish to 3:50 pace slightly down hill… as in sub 30 second 200 meters. This was a great workout and great to see the speed coming. Next week 600M repeats on the track.
AM 2:28; 13.01M; 2,999ft; Super flat after the awesome speed work combined with the first real snow of the winter… 6-8”! I ran from the house to EGF park then up Panorama and Flagstaff. I was breaking trail most of the time and running at a crawl. At about a half mile from the top of Flagstaff I bailed to the road to run to Green Mtn lodge. I was just working way to hard and needed a break if I was to get to Green. I was praying that the trail from the lodge to Green would be better… At the Lodge I honestly told myself I’d see how it felt and may just run back down the trail. After going minute to minute I convinced myself up ranger following Anton and Scott J’s tracks. I nearly turned around ¾ of the way up. I was feeling ultra negative, running double digit mile pace and not happy. I did get to the four way, but there was no way in hell I was going up to the top. I was spent. That was the first fail at Green I believe, but in reality I shouldn’t have even been running up anything today, flat on the sidewalk would have been the right choice. I had fun down Bear Canyon and made my way home. I left my jacket on the panorama trail… it is still there, but I have tons of running jackets. I’ll get it soon or someone who needs it can have it.
PM :10; 1.5M; 0ft; THE BEER MILE!!!! 6:57, 3rd place overall. SEE POST BELOW for Race Report!
AM 2:14; 13.59M; 2,330ft; Maggie and I started our hike and run together at the Chautauqua park main lot. I ran mesa almost to the southern end and turned around after 5 miles. I was running slow due to the snow and flatness of a first big week running. I ran down skunk canyon through the cemetery and back home on the roads.
AM 3:25; 20.05M; 4,212ft; After feeling flat and pretty tired the last two days I felt better today but still not recovered. I ran from the house to EGF, put on the Microspikes and climbed Panorama Point to Flastaff to Green Mt. Lodge in 52min. The trail and snow was challenging due to not many hiking this section, the consistent cold and wind keeping the snow shifting and drifting. The drifting snow only got more intense on Ranger, with many spots knee deep. I made it too Green but was certainly tired from the challenging snow climb. I ran down Bear-Green to Bear Canyon where I filled my water bottle after breaking the ice. The footing was much better on this protected stretch, but decided against a first ever double Green summit today and continued on to near the end of Mesa headed south, back mesa to the main parking lot then home with a bonus mile out and back from the house. The last 40 minutes I was surprised to feel pretty good averaging low 7 min/mile pace. This snow has made the week challenging, which the numbers won’t show!
Huge week for me, but not super impressive mileage. Quality vs Quantity here.
14hrs 48 Minutes
15,596 Feet Climbing