I used to loathe winter in regards to running. The two didn't mix. And because I was a wuss I let winter get the best of me and used it as an excuse. This year, things were different. Winter came and I ran. Winter keeps fighting to stay alive and I run. Spring came this week with its shirtless temperatures and I enjoyed those. It was a glimpse of what was to come. But I didn't pack up my spikes just yet. There was more snow to be had in the mountains this year.
So for the last 3 days in a row, I have traveled to Green for some reason. Maybe the 100 miles last week on the road bored me. Maybe I needed the cross-training. Maybe I just like running on trails more than roads. Especially muddy roads! I will get back to the roads tomorrow. I told JV I would be down there by 10. I arrived to find the trailhead still closed and so parking was full. Looped back and parked on Baseline for the first time this year. Allison, Sierra, and Jeff arrived and we started walking up the road. Suddenly, we heard a whoosh and The Douche Rocket sped right past us!
We let him get a jump on us so he could get the trails all plowed out and packed down for us. JV and I set out at my pace up through the canyon. And that's when the running started to suck. That big snowstorm dumped tons of loose powder all over the trail. It took extra effort just to run a normal pace. Footing was loose and took a while to get used to it. I kept my run on until we hit the lodge then it became totally worthless to run. My HR was high and I wasn't going anywhere. We were powerhiking to the top. And that wasn't much easier!
We chatted a lot about the big upcoming R2R2R adventure that Jeff is undertaking again. I would have surely loved to have gone this year if Boston wasn't the same weekend they have planned. Maybe next year...although I have a guaranteed return spot to Boston 2011 -- but let's see if its all that this year. Jeff was asking about my record number of trips up Green this week. Wondering if it will translate to Boston. I was sort of explaining that Boston is in the bag for the most part now. I feel like my eyes are on Lake City now. However, these runs get me at a higher HR than on the road and I feel less impact afterward. It builds muscle (tiredness), not fatigue.
Here I think Jeff was pulling off to pee but the shelf of snow was there. Almost wished I could have seen Sierra more. She was really getting into the snow at the trailhead. That dog is all about winter. Summer is her hell. A nice change from whimpy Wyatt yesterday.
The last time we had this much powder on Green was around Halloween when we ran the BBMM. This was probably worse since it only had stopped late yesterday and not too many had gone before us.
Dude, you are going the wrong way! I had tights in the truck but it was sketchy on wearing them. Air temps were good enough today but I didn't realize we would be knee deep in snow near the top. I was developing dingleberries of snow attached to every hair on my leg. I was becoming a snowman.
We slogged up the stairs and Tony came up behind us. He had bailed out to the road and circled back around. We hit the top in 69 minutes. No records today. Maybe a record for cold skin. I forgot to take a picture with all the snow on me but here is the red burning after.
Dressed for winter! Well, its the normal outfit until Memorial Day I think...
Dressed for spring! Except he has socks on today...
Running back down was a good time. Throwing powder everywhere. We ran into Allison and Sierra in the switchbacks and Jeff flipped direction and continue back up with her again. Tony and I descended as we needed to find some sunlight to melt off the snow. We bailed to the road at the lodge to get some running in. I wasn't keen on bounding down Gregory in the snow. Had enough for today. We made quick work of Flagstaff while chatting about the latest developments in the world of running.
Thanks for the run today, guys. A great way to kick off Spring! I will give Green a rest for a day or so.
I went 7.30 miles with an elevation gain of 2,786 feet in 01:51:15, which is an average pace of 15:14. Heart rate average was 154. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.