Saturday, April 10, 2010

Saved by Gu Roctane

In the past couple of weeks, I've run almost 60 miles of trails. It was unintentional and a whole lotta fun. Today's plan was for a 10 mile long run on favorite Mt. Helena trails. Of course, Buddy decided he wanted to come too, even after one of his histrionic "please don't leave me" episodes hurt his hip. Change in plans. Buddy joined me for the first few on gravel road, not even whimpering when Steve picked him up. He's a tired and sore pup!

Off I set to see sunshine and good views. I hadn't seen the north side of Mt. Helena in awhile, and with the beetle infested tree removal, the landscape looked way different. Still beautiful now that you can see the green trees, but no more of the shady escape as before.

View from Ambrose Trail

Maybe all the previous miles added up, but by the time I started the first climb up to the saddle, I was dead legs and no pep. My average pace quickly slowed. The additional miles weren't needed but I decided to see what would happen with some experimentation. In went a Saltstick, a mini Luna bar and water. Powering up, I did ATTEMPT to run the switchbacks, but it was more like a crawl. Once I reached the saddle at 9 miles, I remembered the coveted pineapple Gu Roctane.
Me bonking
Wowza! That stuff worked like a charm, and I was back in the game. The ridge was beckoning with views of snow capped mountains in every direction. It was cold though when exposed to the wind.
My planned ten turned into more as I discovered a new trail that had to be explored. Unfortunately, I couldn't find my way back the way I intended, so had to do an extra mile on road before I found the car. 14 miles total - 11 of which were on trail!!!!

The new header picture is a happy me celebrating the first long trail run in OVER A YEAR! No Achilles or ankle pain the entire way. Can we say bring on Elkhorn?


Sherri said...

Absolutely beautiful! thanks for sharing those wonderful runs...of nature!!! Awesome!!

Sherri said...

I don't see any where to follow your blog...I would love to be a follower?!

Anne said...

Gorgeous pics...and yay for your super run!! LOVE the new header pic :)

T.C. said...

I love your new banner pic! I'm so envious that you have those wonderful trails w/ such amazing scenery. Thanks for sharing!

Iris said...

Sherri, I just set up the follower thing. Hadn't yet caught up with the times. :)

Marisa said...

yay new pictures. love it!

HappyTrails said...

I love your new banner photo - so fun and happy and yes, trails ARE a whole lotta fun!!!! Glad you were able to get out and savor the day - I will have to track down the Roctane-have never tried it. Beautiful photos, too!

Stephanie said...

That's real happiness on the trail - love the new banner! Keep up that great training:-)