05/26/2014 – Monday
05/27/2014 – Tuesday
7m, 1:10, 600′ – CH.
Sociable pace talking about nothing in specific.
05/28/2014 – Wednesday
Missed planned run.
05/29/2014 – Thursday
5m, 0:56, 400′ – CH.
05/30/2014 – Friday
6m, 0:58, 500′ – QA.
Broke up the distance with a mid-run drink with a friend at the top of Queen Anne.
05/31/2014 – Saturday
Missed planned run.
Sounders game (4-0 win over Real Salt Lake!), a ferry ride and the drive to Port Angeles took up the entire day, leaving no time for the weekend long run.
06/01/2014 – Sunday
13m, 2:35, 3700′ – Mt Muller, Olympic Peninsula
Majority of vert is gained through the first 3 miles of long drawn out switchbacks which singularly are runnable, but strung together was a bit much to take on all at once for me. After the non-descript summit, the reward is 3 miles of sublime ridge running ducking past ledges and old-growth forest, meadows, and sweeping panoramic views of the Straight of Juan de Fuca, Lkae Crescent below and the majestic Olympic Mountains beyond. Part three of the run is 3 miles of downgrade back to the valley floor along smooth mostly root and rock free singletrack and the final 3 miles back to the trailhead is quite flat. Didn’t see a single person, horse, or mountain biker on the entire run.
Weekly running time: 5:38
Weekly running miles: 30.3
Weekly running vertical gain: 5,223′
Another satisfying weekend run. Even though I was by myself on the Sunday run, I stopped several times and said aloud to the flowers and the salty mountainous air, “Wow, amazing.” Thought about all of the places I’ve been and beautiful landscapes I’ve experienced the past couple of years that I never would have seen if I had not been persuaded to run that first 5k. That one experience has led me to bigger and longer distances in places far and remote, from the friendly confines of a neighborhood run to weekends fast becoming typical spent roaming mountains for miles and miles and hours and hours on end soaking in vistas and scenes I never would have experienced otherwise. All because of a reluctant run one New Year’s Eve night. I am so lucky!
The coming week is a slight tapering and maintenance week, then it’s off to Nevada for a weekend of fun and then Utah and Bryce Canyon the weekend after. A little farther off is a slightly longer run in Oregon, but more on that later.