Then Friday night we had our other Christmas Lights Night run which had some of the same people but was more of a friends of friends type of get together. The idea is to run 12 miles for the twelve days of xmas but I only ran half because my legs are still quite heavy from the 50k last week and I needed to save them for the weekend too.
Here is a before run picture of us all...
|Good looking group...huh?!|
Thank you Brian because if you run a measly one mile further on the trail you can cross a bridge and avoid getting wet altogether. Extra great because it was barely over 32degrees that morning AND we stopped by where the water crossing was and it was atleast waist deep and flowing VERY fast. I would have never crossed it with my fear of water. No way.
The first miles were going good. My legs felt still heavy but good. I was only going to run 16 miles so no problem, I could handle this! The first 500ft climb was tough but I made it up and was rewarded with a nice downhill quad crusher. Mental note that I would indeed have to go back up that on the return.
I did well up until we got to the climb you can see below at about the 7 mile mark. It was 1000ft up in 1 mile.
|The 1000ft climb sure does make the two 500ft climbs look small, lol!!|
Here are some of the pictures on the climb...
|See the top of the mtn in the background? That is where we are headed.|
|Rik stopping to "refill" his bottle from a waterfall.|
Of course that also meant that since we didnt just go back down the mountain we tacked on about 5 miles to our route. And after we climbed that hill my legs were toast. That meant I had miles to return with spent legs. I think I whined more then I ever had before. It was truly one of the toughest runs I have ever done. Just about everything in my body hurt. Everything.
In one breath I was saying that I would never run these trails again. And then in the next breath I was wondering how well I could do on fresh legs. Maybe someday I will find out but it will not be anytime soon!!!
EATS: In honor of the holidays I bring to you a picture of the cookies Rik & Dakota made! Who doesnt love some peanut butter cookies dipped in chocolate?!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!!!!
May peace be with you.