Yesterday afternoon saw some snow. Actually, not much accumulated, but at 1pm there was plenty in the air. I am leery of running on the road in the first place (cars! people! where do I pee?!) and the addition of the fluffy stuff had me wondering if a road run around town was a good idea. I opted instead to venture off the mountain. Using Google Earth, Tom helped me plot a likely running route 4,000 feet lower in Colfax, definitely out of snow's reach this day. Later I found myself standing outside my car contemplating this sign:
At this point I took it to mean "Curvy road ahead" . . . I should have interpreted it to mean "HILLS!!!" because that's exactly what the next 8 miles proved to be. Hilly! Hillier than, I duuno, northern California?
Almost 1,900 feet of elevation gain in my little 8 mile run. I was super slow, I dwaddled, peed, took water breaks and pictures. It took me 2 hours to run this distance. But. I really dug in and ran it. I motored my way up and experienced a sense of STRENGTH as I ran. I'll have to remember this feeling and tap into it in the future.
I would've run another 4 miles, but that would have pushed me into nighttime. I do have plans to run at night, but not quite yet!