I can't run this route and not think of Bryan Estes. He owned it last year in preparation for a super successful run at the Cascade Crest 100. Me on the other hand, I have not been out here in so long it almost felt like I was exploring new trails. Almost.
I got lucky with the weather, it started to sprinkle about .5 miles from the car and then as I drove away it really started raining. Works for me.
The trails were packed today. Not only did I see a Seattle Running Club clubmate in Francis Agboton, I also saw two SRC-Brooks teammates in Evan Williams and Olin Berger. Nice. Not to mention all the hikers out - it was a busy day at Cougar Mountain!
I had hoped to get in about 16 miles/three hours but around 12 miles in my legs started to tighten up a bit and then at the last intersection where you need to decide to either run it in (one mile) or go up De Leo Wall (three miles) my back tightened up as well and I pulled the plug on the extra distance.
Still, great day in the woods. The trails had some muddy spots but in general they were in fantastic shape. And I ran every step today. Not fast by any means but always a nice bonus.
|Waking HR||4:30 AM - 50|
|Nutrition||large bottle w/3 scoops Hammer HEED|
|Time of Day||8:00 AM|
|Weather||mid 40s, mostly dry, calm|
|Equipment||Brooks Cascadia 10, Ultimate Direction Fastdraw Plus|
|Clothing||Injinji, Patagonia Capilene boxer briefs, 2XU Compression 3/4 Tights, Craft Active Classic Long Sleeve Baselayer, Brooks Podium LS shirt, SmartWool hat, Brooks Vapor Dry Glove II|