Run: Green Mountain x 2 (10.35 mi)

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With MLK Day off work, I wanted to get a longer run in. I put out the call for Green and got 3 bites: GZ, CL, and AK. We started up Gregory at 7:30 AM. I set my moderate pace because I knew the 2nd lap was going to be so much harder if I blew it up on this route. Tony stayed on my heals but I finally signaled him to take off once we were into the climb. He is so effortless. Would be fun to chat as we ascend but if I talk, I have to walk.

Green Mountain

I stopped to put on my spikes shortly thereafter because its easier than falling. Came up on Tony as he was putting his spikes on — yes, he got spikes! Then we sailed down to the lodge together. George and Chris were hanging right behind us as we started up Ranger. I got to my usual nemesis spot and let Tony pass again and he was gone. Slowed it up and brought it in tighter with Chris and George so we could chat a bit to the top. Summited and we sat on the rock and pondered the vastness before us.

Green Mountain

I love having GZ around. Then I don’t have to worry about photos. I just do video. But I was having such a good time today, I forgot to get it out for more than 30 seconds.

With his lack of traction, GZ bailed out to the road for the descent. That left the 3 of us barreling down Ranger. I love flying down that thing right now. Although, the conditions get worse by the day — meaning less snow. We need another dump to dress the trail up again. I borked the GPS coming down and lost from the summit to the lodge. Oh well. We made it back down to the TH and met up with GZ as he got back. Everyone parted ways and I reset my watch for my 2nd ascent of Green for today. Thanks for coming out, guys!

Legs were wobbly off the bat so I held a steady HR with a power hike. Went Amp/Saddle/Greenman for something new. Took my time. Good calorie burner. Not a lot of running. Summited and without stopping proceeded directly down via Ranger again and back to the car. 2 laps on Green completed. Happy about that.

I went 10.35 miles with an elevation gain of 5,132 feet in 02:47:42. View my GPS data for lap 1 and lap 2 on Garmin Connect.

  • jppatrick

    Stud. Don’t you love long runs with that kinda evevation gain?! It’s embarrassing to tell people it took you 2:45 for 10 miles! Feels more like 20!

    • When I got done, all I could think was that I have to do that whole thing (2 more laps) in Lake City. That might be messy.

  • jppatrick

    ..and with all the IM training (swim, bike, lotsa weights, run) I’m getting super leaned up…. at 164.5 lbs this morning! I’m like twice your weight!!

    • Must not be that many new restaurant openings happening this month. Or you got that Village Inn menu cleaned up.

  • georgezack

    thanks for putting the bat signal up on this one this AM. I actually came down the path – no road. I was just going REALLY slow because I was trying not to fall on my ass (but I fell on my ass several times anyway). Just stupid of me not to show up without traction.

    • JV will screw you in the back of his truck for $10 per screw. Saw him do it to Aron.

      • georgezack

        I know him well … he said he’d do it for half that.

  • Did you tell Tony you’re going to crush him at Lake City?

    • He will probably bail on it at the last minute and use WS100 as the excuse to escape the showdown.

  • Great run today Brandon. thanks for getting it together and giving me the clue to keep in the screws! We have all seen what happens without a few screws.

    • As long as you don’t have screw loose, you should be good.

  • Are you doing SJS50? Didn’t you just do a 3:15 marathon? Aren’t you getting coaching from Tim? I am as well. Perhaps that means we should try to run together during that race since we might be on the same pace anyways.

    • Yes, SJS50. Yes, 3:15. No, Tim. We just chat and trade jabs from time to time. We are hoping to train for Leadville a bit together closer to summer. I have no clue what I am going to pace out for Lake City but I won’t be up front and probably not in the back. I will let you know.

      • The only thing I can really use to guess a pace at SJS50 is Pikes Peak Marathon…which I did in 6:19 a year and a half ago. I have since (based on my training) probably improved that time to 5:45.

        My best guess looking at times of people who have done both races is to take your Pikes Peak Marathon time and multiply it by 2.2 to get a guess for what you could run SJS50 in.

        That equates to about a 12:30 SJS50 for me….of course all this is theoretical mumbo jumbo.

        • So tough. I definitely am not the guy I was the day I showed up for PPM. I did my first 50 in 12 hours but that had a nutritional failure in it.

          • georgezack

            You ascended in 4:19 in 08 for a 7 and change marathon. If you assume your marathon is the same as your ascent time, you ascend now in 3:15ish … which generally predicts a 5:15 marathon. Lots of assumptions to play with but …

  • Nick_Clark

    GZ’s looking a wee bit ultra with that beard. I’m convinced he’ll be at 4th and Harrison with you in August.

    • I hope he isn’t at 4th street. He would be 2 blocks from the start over on 6th. 🙂

      Yes, the beard was in full effect. I know another ultra guy with a beard. He just won some races. Maybe GZ is trying to live in his image?

      • georgezack

        I could start calling pants “trousers” too if it works.

  • The only thing I can really use to guess a pace at SJS50 is Pikes Peak Marathon…which I did in 6:19 a year and a half ago. I have since (based on my training) probably improved that time to 5:45.

    My best guess looking at times of people who have done both races is to take your Pikes Peak Marathon time and multiply it by 2.2 to get a guess for what you could run SJS50 in.

    That equates to about a 12:30 SJS50 for me….of course all this is theoretical mumbo jumbo.