I said I was going to run in town then hike the mountain, what ended up happening was a little different. We decided to combine the two since it was 10 miles round trip up and down this gigantic and STEEP beast. We hiked up the initial part, which varied from 17-25% grade (ouch) then we hit a more gentle 3% section and I did a one mile warm-up. Next up was a switchback half a mile in length at 5-8% grade so I ran 4 miles by going up and back down this section. Up was an awful lot of work and down felt like I might fly off the side of the mountain but you couldn’t beat the view.
And because Joe was just sitting and reading while he waited for me to get my run in, he caught a few photos of me every time I ran past him (sometimes I was going up, sometimes down).
He took about 10 pictures and they are the only pictures I think I have ever liked of me running but I like all of them. Must be the mountains.
I did a cool down mile then it was back to hiking the rest of the way to the summit together. The actual hiking time was 2.5 hours to the top and 2 hours down and 10.2 miles. The steepest sections were 25% grade, the vast majority at 15-18% grade, and the nice “flat” section where I ran in the middle was 3-8% but covered such a tiny portion of the actual mountain. Let me tell you, my hill repeats did not prepare me for that workout, I was sore in places that I didn’t know I had.
And I was so ready to eat all the food. Thank goodness for a big meal.
Chicken pate and beef broth with horseradish dumplings
And pork with balsamic onions followed by vanilla ice cream with sea salt and pumpkin seeds and pumpkin oil sauce. Everything was delicious.
What was the hardest workout you’ve ever done? This didn’t feel like the hardest necessarily while I was doing it, but I was more sore afterwards than I was after my marathons!
Do you like pictures of yourself running?