So exhausted from today’s workout. I shouldn’t have done something so hard so close before race day. I knew better! I have trained and trained but nothing could have prepared me for the endurance it took to pace 4 women and a fat dog to Long Lake. Only 1/4 the way in, I was tested when Sydney asked “how much further it was?”. And I had to carry one of these ladies on my back because she is too lazy to walk herself while she constantly tugged on my shirt and yelled in my ear. I had to squat down with the backpack on and had to pick up dog poop. Then I had to carry it with me the rest of the way enduring the agony of the smell for the miles to come. I had to pose for a multitude of pictures. Then take a multitude of pictures of my group while they posed by every rock, tree, and flower they could find. We had to pretend were were lost. We had to look for moose and other critters. There was even a water crossing involved! And the pace…oh, the agony!
Not. We had a fabulous family day up in Brainard Lake Recreation Area. I had no running on the books for today but I wanted to get up high again. So we drove 45 minutes up to the place and hiked in a mile or so to Long Lake for a picnic lunch. We setup shop on a blanket and laid there and played around the water for a few hours. Soaking up rays all while “training” at 10,500 feet in altitude. This is how training should be all the time!
Wyatt passed along a piece of inspiration to me today. He told me, “If you close your eyes and wish hard enough, sometimes you just feel like you can fly”.
It was great being out in the mountains with the family again. Have been doing so much running myself in hills that its hard to take a moment and enjoy them with the rest of the family — at their pace. I will be able to travel much lighter at Leadville. But after the race, I hope there are many more slow family hikes to come.
I went 2.63 miles with an elevation gain of 227 feet in 01:52:27, which is an average pace of 30:00. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.