Training week 15 and Salida trail marathon recap

The last week was challenging. I reached a new personal mileage record, ran 9 consecutive days (ending Wednesday), finished the Run Through Time trail marathon on Salida's Arkansas Hills Tail System on Saturday, and then went out for another long run on the Coyote Ridge and Blue Sky trails on the way home today.

  • 68.4 miles
  • 12 hours 45 minutes
  • 6430 feet D+

The weird thing is that I'm feeling good and not at all worn out or burned out. I guess my training regime must be working. Next week is a recovery week. I'm going to do much less running and more cycling, yoga, and hiking with my kids on the weekend.

Friday I drove 3.5 hours to the town of Salida in the center of Colorado to participate in the Chaffee County Running Club's Run Through Time trail marathon. In the 1990s I used to come to this part of Colorado often for hiking and skiing in the Sawatch Range, but it's been a while since I've visited Salida. Here's the obligatory shot of my race bib.

At the starting line with Mt. Shavano and Mt. Princeton in the backgroung

Tenderfoot Mountain, the first climb of the day