I hit the mountain at 430 am but I wasn’t sure I would have enough time to hit the summit by hiking. Well of course I ended up running some of the sections especially downhill. Same run as the past few weeks, 3.5 miles and 1300 ft of elevation gain. Surprisingly my legs felt great which really shows how my fitness level is progressing. I know all of you are getting tired of the same old pictures each week because I run the same trail, so I only have one picture for you today. Lovely AZ super early in the morning. Everyone is sleeping while I dominate the trail, AWESOME!!
And there is something about by shoes being covering in the the mountain dirt that I think is cool. Makes them look rugged and tough. You can tell they have been putting in some serious trail miles just my looking at them.
WE WANT NEW TRAILS... I’ve wanted to hit some new trails for my long runs on Saturday mornings. I want to use my long run as an opportunity to explore the various mountains around our valley. So I persuaded my running buddy to hike/run with me to the famous Weavers Needle in the Superstition Mountains.
Weavers Needle is a column of rock rising 4,555 feet in the southern portion of the Superstition Mountains. It is a popular destination for hikers/photographers in the area as it provides great shots like above. Plan is to take one of the heavily traveled trails for about 4 miles to a rest area just parallel to the Needle. At that point we will contemplate hiking/climbing to the base of the needle as Hike Arizona describes the slope to the Needle as “seemingly endless 45 degree slope of loose rocks and boulders ahead is rather daunting. It is, thankfully, not as difficult as it appears.” So depending on how the hike goes and how running buddy is feeling, we may stay at the rest area until it’s time to head back to the trailhead. Saturday can’t come fast enough!!
Do you get super excited when you are preparing for a new trail or a new running route??