We had plans to do a specific trail on Saturday but then last second we decided we needed to do a peak that we have talked about doing together for two years. Andrew hadn’t gone over 5 miles for a few months so this was a jump up for him and I’m proud of him for taking the risk and going for it with me… Even if he had what he called his ‘resting I’m going to die face’ on the entire time;)
This one is a tough one. In just 3.5 miles you climb up 2,700 ft. I did a bit of hiking and took plenty of breaks to catch my breath and to make sure my calves weren’t going to fall off but my goal is to eventually work towards not stopping the whole way up. We started at 8:30 but next time I would start at 6:30!
Andrew realized after yesterday’s run that he really needs some trail shoes with rock plates in them, they make the biggest difference in how your feet feel over the miles on trails.
Mission accomplished. Brooke sent me a text (she was with her dad this weekend) when we were at the top and I sent her this picture. She told me she wants to hike this with me when she gets back… yes please.
PS it looks like we are on a dangerous ledge but we weren’t!
I always bring some sort of candy when I do tough trails that need fuel. Dots were an excellent choice.
The thing I kept thinking about when I wanted to quit and turn around was to just soak up every step even if it was painful because I’m not going to be able to do this kind of thing forever (I mean, hopefully I can but who knows). There is so much world to see and I really think running is the best way to do it (Andrew argues that biking is truly the best way;).
Here were the splits for the day! I was talking to Hawk the other day and telling him about some of my trail plans this summer and he gave me some great advice. He told me that the trails make us stronger but they also slow us down so he told me to try to finish up my trail runs with something fast. This helps your body to remember a fast leg turnover again= you get the strength from the trail and then get your body used to turning your legs quick again! I finished with a fast downhill mile right out of the trailhead and that 5:47 was work because my legs were so sore from the climbing.
Back to the kids and some delicious refueling.
The hot tub was necessary for our muscles during Beck’s nap.
The chickens wanted to join in with us too (one seriously tried to jump in)!
Usually Brooke and Knox are playing nonstop so when Brooke is gone it is really sweet to see Knox and Skye bonding so much. These two also fight (because they are so similar) but they play really well too.
It was a pretty normal Sunday for us!
Beck was so happy to see Brooke when she got home.
And then we got together with my family for a bit!
Utah friends (or anyone that visits Utah)… this is for you!
A friend came into town and was asking for the best trails in the area and so I recruited Jenn (on the left) to give me a few of her favorites. She sent ten awesome ones! She has been running the trails in the area for 20 years now and knows them better than anyone I know so just in case you are ever in Utah County… here is an awesome list of trails for you to do!
1. Timp 😍 15 miles, 4400′ elevation gain. Go HERE for all of the details.
2. Grove creek to battle creek loop. 8.2 miles, 2600′ elevation gain. HERE for more details!
3. Big Baldy via rock pile 14 miles, 3400′ elevation. (Search Big Baldy Summit on the AllTrails app)
4. Double Bonneville starting at Provo canyon. 12.5 miles, 1300′ elevation. This is a good one for trails, not tons of climbing. More information here! Start at the Provo Canyon Entrance Trailhead, head up the canyon until the end of the trail and cross over to the other side of the canyon and jump on at the Bridal Veil Falls Trailhead!
5. Three falls. There are tons of loops and trails you can go on here. The rollers on this trail are amazing. You don’t even really notice you’re climbing as much as you do because it just goes up and down and is so so fun. HERE has more details.
6. Deer creek trail out and back. 15 miles, 1300′ elevation gain. Go HERE for more.
7. Ridge trail. You can follow trails out here for forever. Not a crazy climb. Beautiful views of Timp. HERE for more info!
8. Cascade saddle (or however long you want to go). 10 miles, 4000′ elevation gain (mostly in the last 2 miles). 360° views of Timp, Provo peak, cascade peak, squaw peak. More details HERE!
9. Trail 51 loop. Start at the water tower above the Orem Cemetary, go to dry canyon, up dry canyon to trail 51, come down by the rock pile. 7.5 miles, 1500′ elevation. You can add middle earth to this to make it a 12 mile loop. Love that so much. This post is from a mountain biker but can give you all of the details.
10. The peak that we did on Saturday that I’m chatting about… 7.5 miles, 2700′ elevation gain. Tough one. HERE for details!
Who has eaten candy while running or during breaks while on a run? What kind was it?
Are you afraid of heights? Has it changed over the years at all?
Tell me about the last run or workout that made you really sore?
-I tried using my R8 recovery roller and had a few tears come out because my quads are so sore!
Tell me the best part of your weekend!