Happy Monday Everyone!!
Temps are scorching out here in AZ but I honestly think I’m having one of my best running summers EVER!! Well I’ve really only had about 2 full running summers but that is besides the point right lol.
Saturday morning – Thompson’s Peak
About 45 minutes north of my house we have a mountain range that I had yet to run around and explore. We had some early morning plans cancelled for Saturday so I quickly jumped online to get all the details and plan out my run. Had some conflict in information but overall I was looking at 10-14 miles and about 2000 feet of climbing. I had originally planned around 11 miles and 2200 feet of climbing so everything was right on. The online reports showed that the last portion of the run would be extremely steep but hey this is Arizona right, I could handle that. My oh my was I in for a surprise lol.
One minor problem was that the trailhead is located within a neighborhood and the trail doesn’t open until 5am which is about an hour later than I normally like to start. I hit the parking area and started on my way right around 5am. The first two miles were smooth and rolling through the desert. During these first couple miles the sun was already starting to hit me so I knew the second half of this run was going to be a suffer fest in the heat. At the 2.5 mile mark I came to the trail junction. The trail to the summit turns into a mix of dirt/cement jeep trail and things started off well with some slight climbing. Off in the distance I could see the trail climbing up the mountain and noticed a major item missing…no switchbacks lol. The jeep trail climbs straight up the mountain and only in the last quarter mile has some small switchbacks. At roughly the 3.5 mile mark, this run got REAL…REAL STEEP lol. I ran into a guy on the way back down and he told me the upper portion of the trail is about a 40% grade…that is steep as HE%$. Needless to say, I was running, power hiking, and crawling all the way to the summit.
It made that summit that much more gratifying. Chalk up another summit for the year!!
The way back down was pretty interesting, that same 40% grade is extremely difficult to run down. Even being very cautious my quads were getting blown up. Around the 6 mile mark things started to get a bit smoother and much more manageable. I thought I could coast on out the remaining 4 miles but man oh man was it HOT. I stopped every so often to pour water over my head and neck then I would get back to running.
Quality outing, run ended up being right at 10 miles with just over 2000 feet of climbing. I took a bunch of video so I plan to have a Schlubing Adventures video up this week.
Monday morning – Usery Mountain
This morning I woke up early and hit a mountain right by the house. The run on Saturday definitely did a number on my legs because I was just sluggish and things were slow going. Still got to the summit, got a great view of the sunrise before heading off to work. In my opinion, catching a summit is the best way to start out your day!!
When was the last time a run absolutely trashed your legs and you needed a few days recovery?? I was still feeling the abuse today, it’s been a while since a run did that to my legs