The drive to the Summit yesterday afternoon featured an awesome thunderstorm starting at Glen Cove which stuck with me till the Summit. Heavy rain, hail, lightning and thunder resulted in a slow(er) drive up. Summit temp was barely 40 by the time I got there and waited for the storm to pass - which wasn't too long of a wait.
After the rain stopped I scouted around, could see other rain clouds in the area - none seemed too threatening - so I got going and while running, fortunately no thunder or lightning came too close - just getting wet with some rain for a while was the worst impact.
From the Summit: went down 3 miles, then back up 2 miles, back down a mile, then 2 miles back up to the Summit. Grabbed a quick snack then went back down a mile, and finally - a tough mile back up to the Summit - there is just no way for me to try get through the 16 Golden Stairs quickly, especially when tired, going either up or down.
Summary: Totalled 10 miles with 3600' elevation gain - all above 11,000 feet, in about 2 1/2 hours. Good to put that in the bank.
Nothing blazing about the speed and who knows how it will play out on race day - but I am getting much more familiar with the trail, specifically what is runnable vs walkable, where the most difficult spots are (answer: just about all of it), and getting more excited about race day with only about 10 more training runs left.