Finally got around to padding my Pikes summit count with a run from Elk Park this AM. Just looking for some time up high, and while there's really no such thing as an "easy" run up the face of a 14,000' peak, I wasn't looking to trash myself. Top three miles in 15:00, 15:30, 17:30. I originally planned on dropping down and doing another mile up, but decided against it.
Good conversation here on the merits of HA training. Kinda like the debate over belief in a god, what I believe doesn't really change the reality of it all. BUT FWIW I don't really buy the 'need to get up high a ton' theory. I'm sure it helps...but the benefit I get from runs like today's are psychological.
My twin passions of mountain running and mountain climbing frequently come into conflict. This summer has been no exception; however, unlike past years, the mountain running has prevailed. I've been on far fewer climbs for fear of toasting myself for the next day's workout. Call it a function of success...or maybe it's the other way around. Regardless, I am planning on a little adventure Saturday that may not be in Sean the mountain runner's best interest. It should make for some good times, though. Hopefully, I can turn it into an interesting write-up as well.
I feel kind of invincible when this song gets stuck in my head. It's definitely not for everyone.