|A view of the summit Photo by Eric Lee|
13 FCTRs showed up for a dark, cold and windy 5:30 am start at the Round Mounting Trailhead this morning. Many more joined as the day went on and by mid morning the sun was out, the wind had quieted down, the birds were singing, flowers were blooming and it was an all around perfect day to be on the mountain running trails. I ran 30 minutes faster than last year and felt about a thousand times better. The climbing was still tough of course and the final push to the summit on lap 5 was a beast, but I never felt completely wasted. I ran strong and steady on the descents and with the help of Mike and Shannon, I pushed negative splits on the final miles to make my sub 7:30 goal by 4 seconds.
It really was an all around great day running with so many good friends. I am so thankful to have a group of amazing people to talk, laugh, play and suffer with on and off the trails.
After the breakthrough on Towers on Thursday and feeling so good on such a tough run today I am glad to say that my running finally seems to be going in the right direction. Collegiate Peaks 50 is three weeks from today. These last few days have given me a lot of confidence about what I can do. Another big PR would be awesome.
|Coming back down from the 3 mile mark Photo by Eddie Metro|