In the end everything turned out way better than I could have hoped for. My foot felt good the whole way, I was able to jog a fair bit more than I thought I would on the way up and the way back down was super enjoyable, easy going, jogging with no pain. Really, really positive effort.
Better yet, I felt great afterwards. I wasn't tired, sore or any of that and I turned in a, reasonable for the effort, time of 3 hours on the dot, car to car. Not fast by any measure but great to come in at that time and not feel tired at all... maybe the mountain biking is keeping my legs under me after all. Hopefully, this is a good step toward more running in the coming weeks.
(Summit shot! It was pretty darn windy up there but super awesome and beautiful as always!)
Here's my rant for the day...
I was a bit annoyed when I was driving up Snow Bowl Road and found that a super popular and well established mountain bike trail (that I also use to run at times) was wrecked (covered in trees, rocks, dirt, etc.) and had a forest service sign on it detailing why. I guess the forest service, in the Flagstaff area, is starting to get hard core with mountain bikers making trails and is in full force closing trails that they don't like. Bummer for everyone recreating on them...
BUT, at the same time, the forest service is allowing the local ski area (Snow Bowl)...yes, we have a ski area, to rip up the forest to put in miles of pipes for making snow and make new lifts high up on the mountain which creates an extreme amount of impact on the mountain compared to a few trails used by mountain bikers, hikers and runners.
The real kicker for me is that Snow Bowl doesn't even have rights to use water yet. The Reservation and the City of Flagstaff have both voted against giving water to Snow Bowl. As it stands right now, Snow Bowl has no idea how it will get water to put into the pipes that are being put into the ground as we speak.
This all seems so ridiculous to me. So it's o.k., as far as the forest service is concerned, for Snow Bowl to dig up the forest for pipes and lifts with no plan on how to get water because no one wants to give the water to them locally (note: they are still trying to beat down the local community by trying to make it happen in courts). At the same time, the forest service is spending tax dollars to decommission mountain bike trails that are used and loved by the local outdoor community. Pretty crazy in my book... To bad mountain bikers, hikers and runners don't have the same $$$ backing them as ski areas. Sad.
If it isn't clear... I do not support Snow Bowl. I think they are lame and after seeing the closed trail my opinion of the Forest Service isn't too high right now either.
O.k...rant finished. Now back to thinking about my blissful day on Humphreys...mmmmmmm.
(Worth reading...laying the smack down on mountain bikers!)
(Snow Bowl pipeline project in progress.)
To finish on a positive note, here is a clip of Kilian Jornet running the last mile to win the Western States 100 mile run Saturday. Man he killed it. Very inspiring.
Thursday- 4.5 miles on mesa
Friday- 9 miles on Mt. Humphreys Trail
Saturday- 0 miles
Total miles for last week: 21 miles and 4,500 feet of elevation gain
Sunday: 4.5 miles on mesa
Monday: 4.5 miles on mesa