After some patient waiting for snow to melt, I got my first run up Humphrey's Peak (12.633 ft.) yesterday. It was awesome getting back on that mountain and it was a beautiful day for it (mid seventies, slight breeze and clear sky's).
The run went great except for getting slightly off trail for a 100 yards on the upper ridge coming down and as a result getting a bunch of gravel in my shoe and then having to stop to dump it out. There was a bit of snow up high in the trees that slowed me down a bit, not a big deal but still made for slower travel and right near the end of the run I took a digger landing on my hand, hip and side of my foot. Full on swan dive into the dirt. Ouch!
Despite the slowdowns, I still put in a good time for me of 2hrs 3 min 03 seconds (car to car). Not bad for the first run up the mountain this year.
I have had a goal since last season to go under 2 hours, car to car, on Humphrey's and I almost snagged it on my first run this year (last year I was close running it in 2 hours 2 minutes flat). Maybe with a bit more luck, less snow and no nose dives I will get it in the next few weeks.
What will get me under 2 hours: The area I need to improve on is going up hill... I got up to the summit in 1 hr 21 minutes which is still slow as I am still walking a fair bit. I am pretty consistent with getting down the mountain in 40 minutes without hurting myself on the extremely rocky trail so if I could get up to the summit in a faster time of 1 hr 10 min or less I should be good to go even with some trip ups on the way down. We will have to see... I need to get stronger on hills! It would be cool to be able to get up to the summit in less than an hour.
I can taste sub 2 hours now so I think it will go down... only a matter of time. Spray, spray, spray, spray...