I hit the mountain on my lunch break expecting to put in a moderate effort. That would be about 20 – 22 minutes climbing to the saddle then about 10-15 minutes coming back down with a total run time of about 38 minutes. Well the trail was littered with hikers seemingly unaware of trail running/hiking etiquette. Everyone is supposed to move out of my way because this is my mountain LOL.
Funny thing is that on New Year’s Day, Meg over at Meg Go Run posted about not getting annoyed at the gym this time of year when they are packed with new members trying to start a workout program. Well I have this problem year round on the trails with hikers. Now I know what everyone is going to say, “Hey GUY you just forgot your shoes on Monday, you’re still a newb yourself.” In response to that I would say “Ok your right” BUT my concern for most of these new hikers is complete disregard for how treacherous the mountain can be. Today I saw a guy in a nice pair of Nike casual shoes (perfect footwear for the trail, come on Guy) move to the outside of the trail and just about slip down the side of the mountain. Plenty of hikers walking side by side taking up the whole trail or even worse are the hikers going up without any water. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of experienced hikers out there that have the proper equipment, hydration, and abide by the rules of the trail. I love these people because they get the heck out of my way lol but all kidding aside, they are well aware of the dangers and make sure they are properly prepared. Now I’m doing my best to be kind and courteous because I have to work through this for the next few months so don’t be surprised if you see this same rant pop up all over again every week lol.
Nonetheless, I had a pretty decent run. I hit the climbing pretty good but had to keep making up time from all the stop and go. Hit the saddle just under 22 minutes covering 1.5 miles and 825 feet of elevation gain, which was a solid start. The downhill did not go as expected, there was a lot more traffic coming down so it took me another 22 minutes coming back. Total run was 3 miles, 44 minutes, and 825 feet of elevation gain.
First take away, my stamina is coming back. I didn’t think I could still make it to the saddle in that amount of time but I hung in there and put in a good climb. Second take away, make sure to wear my headband. I had it in the car and was too lazy to go back and get it when I started. Half mile in and my eyes were burning from all the sweat.
Finally, I apologize to everyone who is currently dealing with horrible weather. We have had lows in the mid 40’s and highs in the mid 70’s, so pretty much perfect weather. Here is a cropped together shot from the saddle today; it’s ok to be jealous.
Have you run into any of the newly active beginning their new year’s resolutions plans? Hikers/Runners/Gym Goers???