This is my second time completing this loop. The first time was with Dave Swoish and we had to do lots of route finding. Today I didn't make any wrong turns but I still had to hesitate at a few intersections and refer to my written directions. Still, all good and in spite of walking much more than I wanted to in the second half I had a nice time and the trails were in epic/great condition.
All the sections of trail on the south side of Tiger Mountain that were closed back in March were now open and I met a mountain bikers. It made me smile to think that just two years ago it would have been me on the bike seeing the runner go by.
Near the summit (five miles from the end?) I met Maxwell Ferguson who was out running with two friends. That was nice. Interestingly, we were kitted out almost exactly the same.
I was surprised by how relatively little I ate today. I suppose it's way better to have extra along and not need it... In spite of walking lots in the second half I kept moving pretty efficiently. That made me happy.
I started really mellow but was able to run all the climbs in the beginning. Then I sped up a little in the middle where it gets flat. Mostly I would walk to eat. In the second half I was walking most of the climbs.
Shelley put some fantastic music on my iPod Shuffle which I had along but I forgot to charge it thoroughly and it only lasted about 1.5 hours. Oh well.
I finally got my Garmin Fenix back from Garmin! It was really nice not to be wearing my cycling computer on my wrist.
|Breakfast||5:30 AM - apple sauce, banana, 1 scoop protein powder, Udo's Oil, tea|
|Workout Food||Clif Bar, Hammer Bar, bottle w/4 scoops Perpetuem, half a flask of Hammer Gel, lots of water (40 oz.?)|
|Time of Day||7:00 AM|
|Weather||low 40s - mid 50s, dry, calm, sunny at the end|
|Equipment||Brooks Cascadia 8, Garmin Fenix, UltrAspire Alpha|
|Clothing||Injinji Run Original Weight Mini-Crew, Brooks Equilibrium CoRe Short, Brooks 5" Essential Run Short, Craft Active Extreme Short Sleeve Baselayer, Brooks short sleeve EZ T III, The North Face arm warmers, Brooks Pulse Lite Glove II|