TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Mentally Sensitive / Meadows Lollipop Loop

I went for a “short” lollipop loop trail run late this morning.  It was a doozy!

Running Mentally Sensitive Meadows Loop 4-19-2013, Elevation

I put the word “short” in quotes, because distance perception is relative.  For quite some time, 7 miles was my long run.  I would hate to insult anyone by calling a 7 mile run a short run, when it really isn’t “short.”  It’s only “short” compared to what I’m used to over the past few years.  But 7 miles is by no means “short.”  Drive the distance, and you’ll see for sure.  Then add to the 7 miles a climb up a trail called Mentally Sensitive and a run down a switchback called Meadows, and you’ve got one doozy of a run! 

The weather was warm late this morning, 84 F degrees!  Sweating it out beneath a hot sun brought back some delightfully miserable memories of mountain training during the summer (Woot!  Looking forward to that.  Time to get ready!!)

Running a deceitful Meadows Trail: 

My calves were tight again, and my shins ached for approximately the first 1 1/2 miles.  Time to google “shin splints,” though I don’t know how I would get shin splints since I’m running so little lately. 

Climbing Mentally Sensitive was pure hellish fun.  Seriously.  I stopped to rest TWICE. . . on a 7 mile run!  I made it to the top though.  And I still felt accomplished.  Smile

Going up . . .

Finally at the top, overlooking the grand Pacific:

Going down . . .

6 comments:

  1. Holy crap that's steep! Did you run into any angles on your way up?!!! Dang girl!

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    1. It is steep Patty. And for some reason it doesn't get much easier, dang it! Thanks for reading. :)

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  2. You always have the best pictures, but the elevations you post exhaust me just from looking at it. You are a trail running beast! Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks Jim. I am an elevation junkie.

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  3. 7 mies is around my long run now. When I first began running I would be in shock at those who said 7 was an "easy" run.. How in the world could 7 MILES be easy? And then once you reach that distance it DOES become easier.. I think its great that while running is the "same" there are so many variables making it different for each of us.

    84*!!Im freezing my butt off this morning, but would rather have this as running weather than 80s.

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    1. I know what you mean Kohourt. I remember when one mile was hard. :)

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