Tuesday: 8 miles, Foothills trail, 1000ft of gain; 4 miles, Foothills trail, 750ft of gain. Out-and-back to the Laporte Dam plus a repeat lunchtime run of yesterday. I figure as long as the heat is here to stay for the foreseeable future, I should get some heat training.
Wednesday: 11 miles, Foothills trail, 2000ft of gain; 5 miles, Foothills trail, 750ft of gain. Slightly modified the morning run to exclude the trail around the Laporte dam and instead just ran across the dam. To make up the mileage I tagged the big A in the afternoon. Got done with the latter run and got the shivers as soon as I stepped inside. 100 degrees will do that to you.
Thursday: 12 miles, Foothills trail, 2500ft of gain. Back to the normal Reservoir Ridge tagging route. The Ridge is really growing on me - supremely runnable hills on the west side, rock-laden scree-like trails on the east side.
Friday: 8 miles, Foothills trail, 1000ft of gain; 8 miles, Foothills trail, 1000ft of gain. Did the even split today, which I probably won't do again. I think a longer run is more beneficial.
Saturday: 19 miles, 5500ft of gain, Mount Alice and Wild Basin extravaganza.
Mileage: 91 miles
Elevation gain: 17,750ft of gain
Saturday was pretty wild - some choice photos below. I think I've picked up the peak-bagging bug; scrambling over boulders at 13,000ft and running off trail on the tundra is liberating.
Chief's Head and Longs Peaks and Mount Meeker, left to right, from Mount Alice.
Pete crossing the saddle on the Mount Alice summit.
Chris and Pete running across the tundra on the divide.
One of many possible routes down to Lake of Many Winds (unseen, to the right) and Thunder Lake.
The trail snaking back up to Lake of Many Winds and the divide.
Monday: 12 miles, Foothills trail and Reservoir Ridge, 2500ft of gain; 4 miles, Foothills trail, 750ft of gain. Did the Reservoir Ridge out-and-back plus the trail around the Laporte dam, plus a quick run up to the Foothills trail junction at noon. Heat training, baby.
Tuesday: 9 miles, Foothills trail, 1500ft of gain; 5 miles, Foothills trail, 750ft of gain. Took it easy today, with an out-and-back to the base of the Laporte dam. I finished the run with some minor soreness below my second metatarsal in my right foot. The soreness increased throughout the day. I've either dislocated my toe or I have capsulitis, the latter of which I've had before.
Wednesday: 11 miles, Foothills trail and Reservoir Ridge, 2000ft of gain; 5 miles, Foothills trail, 750ft of gain. RR out-and-back sans Laporte trail, plus a quick tagging of the big A in the afternoon. I was going to do the Firekracker 5K but I decided not to, given the notable pain in my metatarsal. The first several miles of the run, especially the uphill section, was painful - it felt like my second toe was being stretched on push-off. I hit a rock on the downhill to the beach and felt a pop, and suddenly....no pain! This whole episode sounds suspiciously like a dislocated toe.
Thursday: 16 miles, Foothills trail and Reservoir Ridge, 3000ft of gain. No pain in the metatarsal so I went ahead and did a nice medium-length run - multiple laps around Reservoir Ridge plus the Laporte dam trail.
Friday: 12 miles, Foothills trail and Reservoir Ridge, 2500ft of gain. Same thing but with one lap around the ridge.
Saturday: 16 miles, Foothills trail and Reservoir Ridge, 3000ft of gain. Same route as Thursday. The forecast for the mountains looked ominous, with "likely" thunderstorms (all but guaranteed) all day, morning to evening. Not wanting to risk my life for altitude training, I stuck around the home trails. After I finished up this morning a small thunderstorm rolled up from Denver - just in time.
Sunday: Off. Lots of research needed to get done today; I'm presenting a poster at our department's 50th anniversary next week and I just had what might be a breakthrough. In other words, I need to triple-check everything.
Mileage: 90 miles
Elevation gain: 16,750ft of gain
I feel pretty rested despite putting in, what is for me, a lot of mileage. I'd like to make this my "base" mileage and start pushing my peak mileage towards 120 mpw.