I have been so lucky with my run days, they have been amazing. Today, I wanted to get some miles in, like 30 or so, but that did not happen. I had a very stressed out the day prior, ate just a buttered croissant all day, and didn’t sleep much. Needless to say, it was tough starting out even after an espresso, a GU, and two Krispy Kremes. I ran 4.6 miles consistently to the top of Lookout with 1390’ gain, turned around and back down as planned. On the way down I became more and more lethargic, but I told myself I had to keep going. I started to run up again, but I stopped after 1/8 of a mile and just stood there zombie like. It must have been eight or so minutes. After eating another gel and some fluids, I attempted again and only got ten more feet. It was a battle, that little voice trying to convince me to head for the car. Finally, I pulled out my iPhone and cranked some SKA. It was amazing, I was running sub 9 min miles uphill after that. Now I couldn’t hold it to the top, my body was just too wasted. Either way, I was feeling good again and headed back down. About a third of the way, I headed up a side trail getting in some more vertical gain – 500’. I finished strong to the car.
20 miles 3200’ of vertical gain.
And had some great views along the way . . .