I see Mt Timpanogos every single day of my life and I’ve ALWAYS wanted to run it—> Yesterday was the perfect day to do it. Our coach was game with it, our bodies were happy (weirdly I was no longer sore at all when I woke up on Monday morning and I even felt a bounce in my step), the dirt and slower paces were just what we needed and the girl time was very much needed.
Jenn, Maddie and Kelsey (a friend of mine since we met in college… she just had her 4th baby too and is out there ROCKING IT).
My alarm went off at 4 and I was out the door ten minutes later. Superhero Muffins (my favorite are the original ones with chocolate chips) and a gatorade. I was a little nervous about this run because I knew we had 4580 ft to go UP (which is more elevation gain than my entire 50 mile ultra had) in 7 miles to get done but it honestly was a very runnable trail besides the spots that weren’t runnable (boulders or snow) but very hikable. My legs were very tired at the top but it was nice because the muscles that were so tired felt like different muscles than the ones I use while road running.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve needed my headlamp or my hydration vest—> the last time was for the ultra! I absolutely love my hydration vest AS LONG as I have short sleeves or long sleeves on. If I wear a tank with it then I chafe to death no matter how much anti-chafing cream I use but yesterday I wore my long sleeve top the entire time because the temperatures were perfect for one.
For the first hour it was completely dark. We started at the Timpanoeke trailhead and there were a ton of people parked in the parking lot but we didn’t end up seeing anybody for a few miles.
This sunrise was breathtaking. It was really nice once the sun came up because it was so much easier to see all of the rocks and roots. It’s a pretty technical trail so my brain and eyes were very tired by the end.
We came upon a few bog patches of snow which meant we definitely had to walk on those areas because if you slip on that, you are going to go down for a while. There was also a lot of water along those first few miles from all of the snow melting which my friends say is very unusual this time of year on this trail. We got dumped on with snow this last winter.
Also, we didn’t see any unusual animals but one of our friends did see two moose right off the trail at one point.
The final .75ish miles from the saddle to the summit is mostly hiking and using your hands to climb up in several areas.
It looks more dangerous in this picture than it felt (don’t worry mom) but we did a little running and mostly power hiking. We couldn’t believe how windy it was at the top and I definitely should have brought gloves for the top because my fingers were frozen.
The shed at the top! I’ve seen a million pictures of this shed over the years and it felt so cool to finally be in there.
We didn’t stay at the summit for too long because it was so cold but we did stop at the saddle again to eat. I brought some gels but my current favorite candy just seemed much more exciting and delicious to eat there.
On the way back down we saw a few people hiking up with snowboards to snowboard down certain areas and also a bunch of people going down this area on trash bags. You couldn’t pay me to sled down this part. They were going SO fast but I’m sure Andrew would have haha.
I’m proud to say over the 14 miles of trails I didn’t fall once but at one point we were cruising down and for some reason I stuck my hand out on the side and cut it. So that definitely did not feel nice but I’m very happy none of us fell. It took us 3 hours and 19 minutes of moving time to do the 14 miles but there were definitely breaks in there too.
PS my sister-in-law sent me this the other night hahaha… do we know about not waking up at 4 in the morning to go run up a mountain?
I was pretty much eating all day and this had to be my favorite thing from the day. Bisquick pancakes with strawberries and blackberries.
Gone in 60 seconds.
Packing + packing + crossing our fingers that the kids would sleep well on the red eye!!
I’ll have posts for you while we are gone (some scheduled and some from our trip)! I hope you like them and I’ll be posting on my Instagram while we are gone too!
Tell me about any big hikes or trail runs you’ve done?! I want to hear! Anyone done Mt Timpanogos?
Candy lovers out there—> What is your current favorite candy?
Any last tips for Grand Cayman?
What are some things on your bucket list that you want to check off soon?