This week was a mixed bag. I started out the week feeling fresh, ripped, and ready. I was immediately humbled; I apparently had not been eating enough because I essentially bonked 10 min. into my Monday PM run. The whole week felt like that off and on, and I just kept my head down and ran. I also made sure I was eating a ton. I did run in some cool places this week. I ran my first Mill Creek run of the season on Monday (aforementioned bonk). It was a beautiful 15 miler… rain drizzle, sunset, rainbow, etc… and the smell of the woods. I picked up another great signal peak sunrise run on Tuesday; and was fortunate enough to run into Dave from Tacoma…. another ultrarunner and a late 1980’s graduate of WSC. He and I ran together on the way down… nice to run with him.
Wednesday saw me hitting my first real intensity session in a while with some repeat kilometers on the track (done at 5:30 per mile pace). Thanks to friend Scott Drum, I had some great encouragement.Thursday, Jesse Crandall and I traveled to Leadville for some great camping and long running. We camped at the mile 29 mark of the course, and could run right from camp. Friday AM I started from Camp and ran over to twin lakes (via a “long-cut”) and met Jesse there; we then attempted to cross the river section which was clearly impossible. We then went up the road to the Willis Gulch trailhead and ran over and up to Hope Pass, down into Winfield and back over to Willis Gulch… wet feet the whole time.. but incredible. So, that turned into an almost 40 miler in 7.5hrs. Fantastic. I then soaked in the cold Halfmoon Creek right by our camp. Day two saw me run the other direction from camp at mile 29 to fish-hatchery and over Sugarloaf. I felt really good on this climb and ran the whole way, then flew down into Mayqueen where I met Jesse and ran with him to the boat ramp and back. This was a solid 30 miler in 4.5 hours, and I felt much better today. After good soak in Turquoise Lake, we headed back to Gunnison.