I just finished week 15. Here are the numbers.
- 13 hours, 21 minutes
- 65.8 miles
- 11,220 feet D+
I did a lot of hard running this week, all of it uphill. Tuesday I set some new
PRs on the Maxwell climb. Thursday I did hard intervals on the Towers
road, 4 x 6 minute, 3 x 2 minute, and 3 x 30 second, going as hard as I could
sustain for the intervals. Some of these intervals overlapped with classic
short and steep Strava segments and I enjoyed moving up within sight, if
within reach, of the all-time leaderboard. Being more of a puncheur, I can't
hang with elite climbers on long climbs, but I'm close on super steep terrain.
I'd planned to do a 25 mile run following the Quad Rock course on Friday but
pushed it to Saturday for better weather. What do I bring for food on a 6 hour
run? My current staple is nut butter (almond or peanut) and honey sandwiches.
I make them up to be approximately 600 calories each, cut them in quarters, and
stuff four quarters into a small plastic ziplock container. Less mess than
a baggie, and in time the pieces absorb any honey that leaks out. I took one
sandwich and two handfuls of gummy bears in my running vest, with an equal
amount of each in a drop bag I left at the 18 mile point. I eat a quarter of
a sandwich, or 150 calories, every 40 minutes. I would have to eat more on
an all-day run, but I can tolerate a deficit for a few hours.
Arthur's Rock trailhead
Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from South Ridge trail
The mountain lions of Horsetooth would like you know that they are still
25 miles and 5000 feet of climbing on tired legs was hard. I fed as soon as
I got home, ate a huge helping of spaghetti with pesto sauce for dinner a few
hours later, and was asleep in bed by 9 p.m.
This morning I went back to Lory for a shorter run on some of the same trails,
but in the other direction, shuffled. I went light on gear, broke in my new
version 4 Speedgoats, and my legs felt fine. We're entering peak wildflower
season and I stopped to take photos of penstemon, geranium, and delphinium. The
latter, also known as larkspur, grows in large patches near the bottom of Well