We knew when we agreed to go running with Austin that it was going to be crazy hard and we were right. Andrew and I both knew Austin (along with everyone else in the state of Utah;) before we ever met. Tenish years ago Austin used to come to my spin classes and go 5 times faster than the rest of us and that is when I first learned that he is a complete beast. He did Hardrock 100 this last summer and crushed it. 66,050 ELEVATION CHANGE in that race. I can’t even imagine. Talking to him for just a few minutes will make you want to trail run because his love for the sport is so contagious (except he hates running which is kind of interesting haha).
He took us on the Battlecreek Loop in Pleasant Grove and it was by far my most adventurous trail run to date. I knew I was in trouble when my calves were on fire at about 6,000 feet. Austin told us his strategy for his 100 milers is to power hike the up, run the flat (in the first 50 and then do what he can in the last 50) and run the down. In order to survive 50, I need to use his strategy. My road running brain tells me I need to run the entire time but to actually complete this goal… power hiking will get us to the finish line.
We ran the first 1.5 miles and then power hiked the majority to the top. It felt like I was on a stairclimber on level 10 for 45 minutes.
One time Austin did this loop four times in a row for a training run.
We got to the top of the loop and that is when our jello legs were supposed to take us back down the mountain.
I will never ever be thirsty enough to risk getting Giardia again (that was the worst experience ever). Austin said that this little spring was the safest in Utah so Andrew tried it and said it was the best water he has ever had.
Can you see us?
Super downhill running is something I’m trying to learn how to do well. The boys were cruising down and I was taking my time. Austin told me to get rid of my crazy long stride and to shorten it and turn my cadence into a pistol. <—That helped big time. 8 miles total with 2700 ft of up (which is about a half mile of up)!
Mandatory sugar cookies afterwards.
Followed by an open egg sandwich with a banana and pb. Runny eggs= delicious.
My body seriously felt like I had just run 20 miles so there was a lot of couch time afterwards with Skye (she was with my sister while we ran for our date swap this week).
Skye’s happiness increases 70% once the kids get home from school.
For dinner we went out for burgers (my sister had buy one get one free coupons… the best).
They dropped off their mail while we were there too.
My brother saw this on his run yesterday morning! Ever seen a bald eagle while running?
Did you see this story about the woman that had a heart attack during the NYC Marathon and the Dr that saved her? It gave me so many goosebumps.
PS I posted this a few years ago but I had to again because it is hilarious.
What are your plans tomorrow?
Ever had a parasite?
Ever use the stair climber? I think I might use it a little bit this winter for part of my training if there is too much snow on the trails (along with my treadmill, once it is set up, that goes up to 40% incline).
What food are you looking forward to the most tomorrow if you are celebrating Thanksgiving?
-Pie and rolls.