A couple of weeks ago I ran the Summer Roundup Trail Run course. Kind of a revenge run as I did it earlier in the year at a hobble due to the torn meniscus.
Late yesterday I set my sights on Barr Trail - the race earlier this Summer happened 4 days after my knee surgery, so I could not do it. Weather conditions yesterday were a little dicey so I didn't know if I would or should try go all the way up to Barr Camp.
Starting off at the Cog Depot in 54 degrees, light rain and gusty winds - I began, with a woolly hat and gloves just in case - that proved to be a smart choice later. It was never hazardous - but was snowy and windy at times up higher.
I did not do well at all up through the W's. Both calves were squawking - a lot - to the point where I was walking a lot and stopped several times to try stretch them out. Not sure if it was the cold weather, more likely the climbing uphill was more of a factor.
Near the rock arch where it is more exposed, the wind was kicking up and a few snow flurries were hurtling around. Hat, gloves were now on but the calves were starting to feel better - so I was able to run more. And then there was the scenary, was probably a week or so after the peak of the leaves turning - but still was nice to look at. I stopped several times for pictures.
Between the top of the W's to Barr Camp (and back) I saw only 1 other person. It was like I had the whole Mountain to myself - and I liked it.
Stopped / slowed a few more times for photos.....
So off I went - and to my pleasant surprise my knees did not give me any grief for most, if not all, of the way down. I didn't see anyone else till about 3 switchbacks into the W's and I was cruising, feeling good. Made it all the way down and decided to even go up Hydro Street to the finish line of the race course. 52 1/2 minutes down - only 5 minutes slower than when I had done it in the race last year.
Total time was 2:40. Very happy with that. I might see if I can do it again in the upcoming weeks - mostly to see if I can get up to Barr Camp quicker. I should be able to as I was not having much luck with the calves for the first 3 miles - they are a little tender today.