Tuesday was a beautiful day for a run. I usually do intervals on Green Mountain, but I wanted to get more miles this week. My initial plan was to run 25 miles and that didn’t happen. I ran in a new area and didn’t expect the vertical or the technical trails; I wanted more of a flat run, but that didn’t happen either. I ended up running just over 21 miles with 3790’ of gain and it beat me up.
I started at the Green Mountain parking lot, went up and ran the Dakota Ridge trail and ended off trail. I followed the ridge until the trail disappeared, bushed backed as far as I could and then ended up hiking down the backside. Then I went looking for Mathew Winters Park. The trail was awesome, I can’t believe I had never been there before. It was spring break so the trails were packed, including way too many dogs. After that, I headed back to Dakota Ridge Trail and then a final loop around Green Mountain more or less.
The Hokas were GREAT! And my recovery was better than expected. I partially attribute the recovery to the shoes and the fact that I am getting stronger. I ran another 10 miles with 666’ of gain the next day and I felt good. It was suppose to be an easy day and I maintained a 9 minute pace.