I was looking forward to this day but after pummeling my legs so much yesterday I was a little weary or how I would feel. Luckily I had this to look forward to later.
The Seattle Running Club group that showed up in the Squak Mountain State Park parking lot was larger than last week. This time it was resolved that we would stick together and so there was lots of doubling back down (and in some cases back up!) the trail until we met the last person and then it was off to the next intersection where this pattern would repeat itself.
It was okay, I kept alternating between feeling okay and feeling like shit so there were a couple of sections where I pushed the pace a bit but mostly I was just falling in line and trying to hang with the guy in front of me.
The trails were amazing once again! This is a really nice place to run and in spite of getting sprinkled on all morning I never got cold. I did get a little hungry which was probably just a result of being out here so long and not having enough to eat. But no bonk or anything.
With maybe half a mile to go of gently descending trail these two guys took off and I went in pursuit. We kept speeding up and up until we were moving about as fast as I could go. The trail was not always down, there were a few rollers and we bounded up and over them. VERY fun.
Once again my GPS (which was in the back pocket of my shorts) came up way short. Everyone else had at least 10 and the consensus was we ran at least 12. Especially with all the backtracking some of us did.
Then it was time to snowshoe!
As Shelley and I drove up to the pass the weather kept deteriorating and neither of us wanted to hike around in the rain but at the exact moment that we crossed the pass it started to get better and by the time we pulled into the parking area it had stopped altogether and there were even bits of blue sky showing through the clouds. The pass makes ALL the difference.
This is a fun place to walk around! Looks like it would be nice in the summer too. We saw tons of picnic tables, two cabins and the water in the pond was extremely clear.
We also saw bags of dog shit hung from branches by the side of the road we were walking up…?! Did people put it there thinking they would come back and get it on the way out? Gross.
The funniest thing we saw was this pair of snowmen that had shrunken after a couple of weeks of sublimation (we need more snow!).
The trail was really fun. I would go back.
Here are all the pictures.
|Breakfast||5:00 AM - 2 bananas, almond butter, water|
6:30 AM - 4 Perpetuem Solids
7:15 AM - gel
|Workout Food||run - small bottle w/1 tablet Nuun and 2 scoops HEED, gel|
snowshoe - water, almonds
|Time of Day||run - 7:30 AM|
snowshoe - 2:20 PM
|Weather||run - mid 40s, drizzle, cloudy|
snowshoe - upper 30s, dry, mostly cloudy with some sun
|Time||run - 2:28:29|
snowshoe - 1:10
|Distance||run - 12+ miles|
snowshoe - 2.4 miles
|Equipment||run - Brooks Cascadia|
|Clothing||run - shorts, Craft short sleeve undershirt, Patagonia long sleeve Merino 2 shirt, Polypropylene gloves, thin SmartWool hat|