3/5: Lookout Mountain (road): 1:33:57/1,300ft gained/summit #63 - This was an awesome run. Even though the pace was slow the day before my legs were actually pretty sore. I hit the top at 51:09 and made some time up on the way down shaving time off of my round trip PR.
3/6: Lookout Mountain: 1:23:15/1,800ft gained/summit #64 - Back on the trail for this run. Everything up to the Windy Saddle was in fairly good shape, some icy sections but not too bad. I did underestimate how iced over from the Windy Saddle to the summit would be though, and didn’t bring microspikes, which added some time for sure.
3/7: Bergen Peak: 2:00:09/2,400ft gained/summit #16 - A much better outing at Bergen compared to my run earlier in the week. I stuck to an out-and-back on the Bergen Peak trail which was really established and packed out. There was great footing on the way up but as the temperature quickly climbed, things got sloppy on the way down. I had microspikes on for the entire run. I got back to my car with about 5 minutes to spare and ran on the road to hit my time of 2 hours.
3/8: Lookout Mountain: 1:34:59/1,800ft gained/summit #65 - Yet again I head up Lookout thinking I won’t need microspikes. I was very wrong. Windy Saddle to the summit was a sheet of ice. I walked every step and even thought about turning around but figured it’d be safer going up than down. It took me almost 50 minutes just to get to the top. From there I ran the road back to the Windy Saddle. No way I was going down what I just came up. From there I jumped back on the trail and ran to my car.
No long run this week, but a good solid increase in training volume nonetheless. Going back to the previous Sunday I ran 6 days in a row, something I haven't done for months. The next couple of weeks will be a little extra challenging to get my running in as I'll be doing some traveling with work. If I don't get everything I have planned in I'll be okay with it considering it's only March but at the same time I am really ready to get going and start training for Leadville with more focus and intensity.
|Viewing some snow covered peaks on top of Bergen.|
|The flat meadow before the climb starts up Bergen.|
|The kind of snow covered trails I don't mind running.|