This morning was one of my more enjoyable runs in a while. I didn't push too hard and just went as fast as my body felt like going and the result was very satisfying. Never did I feel like I was struggling and the legs just bounded along. Even on the steeper sections, everything felt great. To top it off there was some amazing wildflowers, the meadows were spectacular and I got to see some deer and elk and even heard some coyotes yelping. Very enjoyable. Days like this are exactly why I trail run.
Where did I run? I did the very classic loop of up Schultz Creek Trail to Sunset Trail and then followed the Sunset Trail to link Brookbank Trail and Lil' Gnarly Trail to get back to and down Schultz Creek Trail. This loop is approx. 15 miles and gains a bit over 1,500 feet (starting at about 7,000 ft. and topping out at a bit under 9,000 ft.) on very good trails.
I finished in a comfortable time of 2 hrs 25 minutes and was really happy with the time considering I didn't really push it-just enjoying the whole thing.
Maybe next time up there I'll bring the camera as there are a crazy amount of flowers out right now...