|Southern Trail Head - Mnt Watatic|
In order to make this run work with our schedule, I had to get up at 4:30 Saturday morning. That got me to the trail head by 6 with a 5 hour buffer to complete the traverse. While it was a little wet from Friday's monsoon, it was fairly cool out (55-60). The first mile was tough one with nearly 600' climbing. I did a combination of running and hiking trying to keep my HR in check.
|Windblown Ski Area|
The following four miles presents a nice break with a less technical flatter section. The honeymoon
ends at mile 13 as you begin the Burton peak ascent. This mile packs another 570' of climbing. Going into this climb I had gotten my average pace back under 12 minutes per mile after a couple of 15 minute miles early on.
From here on out my pace started to suffer. Not sure if I was getting tired or just mentally burnt from all of the technical terrain. I also knew I had another 7+ miles to go and needed to keep some in the tank.
|North Pack Summit|
Pack it is another mile and half with another 400+ feet of climbing. Not too bad a day hike.
As I began the ascent I caught a group of early 40 something yr old men decked out in hiking gear complete with trekking poles. As went bombing by them one of them yelled, "Out for a morning jog?" and retorted with "Yeah, started at Mnt Watatic" and watched his jaw hit the floor.
|Northern Trail Head|
In general, I am really happy with how the run went. I never really bonked or had trouble continuing.
Things to work on
- Ascending and descending technical terrain. I just don't do it enough.
- Fueling and hydrating. I drank 1.5 liters of Tailwind and only consumed about 60-80 calories per hour. I need to get this up closer to 200 once the longer runs come in to play.
- Enjoy the scenery. I spent to much time trying to make sure I keep moving forward even though this wasn't a race.
At no point during the run was I interested in running back, but maybe I do the race next year.
This run was a test to see if I think I am ready for a single day Pemi Loop, a traverse that has been on bucket list for a while now. The Pemi packs 29.5 miles with a over 10,000' of climbing. Date still TBD, but I think I will be ready for it in July sometime.