PM: 8.5 miles (800'). Out and back from Bluesky TH to Arthurs TH. Legs feel remarkably good post Salida.
Tues - AM: 9 miles intervals. Jane's group for a cemetery session. On tap was: mile, 2x800, mile, 2x800, 1.5 mile. All on 2-3 min recovery. Post Salida, my legs have been feeling next to no soreness, but a full-on effort would certainly have been a poor decision for this morning. Went at a hard tempo effort with Chris M instead and held up pretty well once the legs were in gear: 5:27, 2:40, 2:38, 5:21, 2:41, 2:39, 8:12 (5:27, 2:45). 2.5 mile w-u, .75 mile c-d, then champagne and cake to celebrate John Lonsdale's retirement from 34 years of running Foot of the Rockies, Fort Collins' first running specialty store.
PM: 7 miles (1,900') easy Horsetooth summit. Up Rock, down Audra/Southridge. Another gorgeous day. Nice and easy.
Weds - AM: 8.5 miles (1,800') easy. Falls - Spring Creek - Stout - Sawmill - Loggers - Herrington - Spring Creek - Soderberg - home long. Nice and casual with neighbor Mike. Shorts and T.
PM: 5 miles (1,000') easy. Falls loop super easy.
Thurs - AM: 10 miles (1,400') hills steady. Five mile O&B on Centennial. Came back in a steady ~34 to leave something in the tank for Saturday. Mike, Slush, Celeste and the wunderdog.
PM: 5 miles (1,000') easy. Falls loop.
Fri - Noon: 8 miles (2,100') easy Horsetooth summit. Up Southridge/Audra, down Wathan - Spring Creek - Soderberg. Nice easy cruise on a breezy, but warm day. Park packed again.
Sat - 10 miles race. Sharin' O' the Green 5k (16:46) with 6 mile w-u, 1 mile c-d.
Sun - 37 miles (7,500') long. Had a really fun morning running a lap around the reservoir - the long way - with Burch, Pedatella, Tiernan and Kosick, in addition to meeting up with other friends along the way. After a week of really warm weather, the trails were essentially clear, which made the outing all the better. We went easy to steady the whole way around with a few lingering stops on top of Horsetooth and Arthurs, in addition to the Lory Visitors Center. The morning was capped off with a great spread of food and beverages at the May's house.
Route went: Platte Dr - 38e - Bluesky - Towers - Stout - Spring Creek - Falls - H'tooth TH - Soderberg - Southridge - Audra - H'tooth summit - Westridge - Mill Creek - Howard - Westridge - Arthurs summit - Westridge - Timber - Lodgepole Drive - Centennial - Reservoir Ridge - Foothills Trail - Pineridge - Platte Dr.
|Heading around the south end of the Reservoir in the early miles. Horsetooth to the left of Zeke's head. Kosick, Tiernan, Clark, Pedatella. Pic: Burch|
|Top Horsetooth: Clark, Pedatella, Burch, Tiernan, Kosick. Pic: Erskine|
|All four of us will be at WS100 this summer. Pedatella on pacing duties and the other three racing. Tiernan and Burch are strong right now. Prediction: all three in the top 10. Image 2: Under Horsetooth on Westridge. Pics: Erskine|
|Top Arthur's: Clark, Stevenson, Tiernan, Slush, Kosick, Lynn, The Erskine. Pic: Burch|
|From top Arthurs. About half way around the Reservoir on the west side. Pic: Burch|
|Refueling at the Lory Visitors Center. Pic: Erskine|
|Finish line. Pic: Alex May|
|Fail. Pic: Erskine|
Total: 115 miles (19,000')
We were treated to an early taste of spring this past week, which made for a great week for running, capped off with a full morning on some of my favorite trails on Sunday. Next FCTR outing is the Spring Round Up on April 7: 30 miles, 10,000 feet, one summit (of Round Mountain). Mark your calendars.