TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Closing In

I’m closing in on 2,012 miles for the year.  I’m getting a little beat-up and battered from falls, and I’m not dropping any pounds from the body.  BUT gosh darn it, I’m gonna hit that mileage goal.  And I’m having fun doing it.

It stormed all day yesterday.  Several runners dropped out of today’s scheduled group run for a 17 mile loop in Silverado Canyon.   Four adventurous runners did join me however, for a beautiful loop up Maple Springs Road to Four Corners, along the Main Divide, down Silverado Motorway back to Maple Springs.

The run was delightful.  Snow covered the ground in some places.  In other places, we slipped about on ice. I eventually fell on “black” ice and screamed like a little girl.  Seriously, like a little girl.  I was more stunned than anything else, and a little worried about my sunglasses as they crashed to the hard ice.

Views while climbing Maple Springs (a 7.5 mile ascent):

Time to celebrate at Four Corners:

Left to right:  Me, Janine, Hank, Dave, Conrado:

Moving on along The Main Divide:

Every time I run this loop (which is seldom), I’m always confused just when the Motorway trailhead is going to spring upon us.  It’s like that, suddenly there.  But until then, we’ve got climb after climb, plus some lovely down hills for several miles before we get there.  I think I told everyone today at least 3 times, maybe more (doh!) that “it’s just around the corner.”  New running friend Janine joked, “You say that one more time, I’m going to throw you off the mountain.” 

I hollered with joy when we finally reached The Motorway.  From there it was all downhill (except for that one little hill – LOL).  I took up the rear as usual, then got caught further behind when I needed to duck into the bushes.  Then, as I raced down trying to catch the group, I ate it BIG TIME.  When I say “big time,” I don’t mean that I was terribly hurt.  But I couldn’t fall and roll, which would have meant a lighter impact, for fear that I’d roll right off that single track and off the mountain.  Instead, I hit sprawled-out, face down, landing first on my wrists, then my knees.  I also remember my left elbow slammed down to the ground.  The impact was hard and it jolted me a bit.  Fortunately, I recovered fairly quickly and was off again, my ankle slightly aching from a roll as I went down.

Overall, today’s run was fantastic – great company, scenic views, chilly weather.  A true delight!

Running down the Silverado Motorway:

+4,386 / -4,409’Running Silverado Loop counterclockwise 12-30-2012, Elevation - Distance

8 comments:

  1. It was great to share trail with the four of you. Need to wear my gaiters more often. Getting tired of shaking pebbles out of my shoes every so often. Had a blast though and we all came back in one piece and safe. Thanks Lauren!!!

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    1. I so need gaiters. LOL. I had a blast too. I'm so glad you could make it Hank!

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  2. Looks an awesome trail and I love the photo of the girls being silly and the guys looking like "OMGWTF"!

    Congrats on a massive year!

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    1. That's funny Stuart. It's one of my favorite pictures. :)

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  3. Wow 2012 miles! I'm jealous :) you've done a lot of (gorgeous) runs this year. Hope your 2013 is full of much more!

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  4. Yes...Saturday was a little rough...

    Congrats on exceeding your goal for the year, that's amazing.

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