Oh my... when the scenery in the Cascades is good it's really, really good.
I got the call up from Ben Luedke to join the Seattle Mountain Running Group dawn patrol today and the goal was to catch not only the sunrise but to be at the top for first light.
Last night was New Years Eve so let's just say I got less sleep than I wanted to. But was it worth it? Hells to the yes.
We went up the old trail and down the new. The trail was frozen at the bottom and when the trees were not providing adequate cover we had snow on the trail as we climbed. At the top there was about one foot of snow on the ground. Traction was amazingly good except for a section through the clearing where it had gotten packed down and iced over a bit but my shoes did fine. I still managed to slide out on the same same turn I fell on the last time I was here... luckily no damage today. I saw the ide, slowed to a walk and still fell down.
On that topic - today was my first day in my brand new Brooks Cascadia 10 shoes and I loved them! The lacing system has been improved and in combination with the redesigned upper these feel really good. I'm so psyched to have a comfy trail running shoe.
Here is a taste of what it was like.
I didn't pack enough clothing to hang out very long so Ben saved my bacon with his puffy jacket.
A few minutes after we shoed up a couple of women arrived to celebrate the New Year. How fun!
Here are all the pictures and video.
|Breakfast||4:30 AM - apple sauce, scoop protein powder, Udo's Oil, Omnibar|
|Workout Food||2 bottles each w/2 scoops Perpetuem|
|Time of Day||5:45 AM|
|Weather||30 degrees, calm, dry|
|Equipment||Brooks Cascadia 10, Ultimate Direction SJ Ultra Vest 2.0, Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp|
|Clothing||Injinji Run Original Weight Mini-Crew, Brooks Equilibrium CoRe Short, Under Armour tights, Craft Active Classic Long Sleeve Baselayer, Patagonia fleece top, Patagonia Houdini Jacket, buff, Polypropylene gloves, OR overmits|
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