Thursday, July 21, 2011

Elk Park

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.


  1. One of my favorite runs... doing it on Sunday and can not wait.

  2. How many miles is this trip? Good Job!

  3. Andy, enjoy!

    Brad, my Garmin registered 10.9 miles and 4,100' of fun. Saw your trip to the top the other day - gettin' after it! I think 2:50 will be a walk in the park for you if you're smart.

    I'm not the guy to talk to about being smart. :)

  4. HA! That last comment cracked me up. I am in that boat too. Brad - yes, this ought to be a big break through year for you man. Excited to see what you do.

    Sean - same gig for you. A sub 2:40 double is crazy strong.

    I do want to start the Sean, GZ podcast though of "grumpy old man before his time talks to not smart runner."