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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Time to Rest

As far as training goes, the blog will be on hold as I rest and rehab my recent injuries (sprained posterior ligament of the ankle and strained biceps femoris tendon aka hamstring). I fell while trail running on a familiar, yet steep downhill section of Camelback mountain. After training hard for 5 months straight, I made the decision to withdrawl from the Pikes Peak ascent. Even though I was very disappointed (to say the least), the time off will give me a chance to recover and return to running with a greater sense of strength and awareness.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tom's Thumb 08/08/10


Tom's Thumb Hike/Run
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
North Scottsdale, Arizona
Mileage 5.56
Time 2:15
AEG 2018ft

The Sunday night hikes continue, and they just keep getting better each weak. Matt, Robert, Katie and I headed over to the North access of Tom's Thumb and began our trek around 5:20pm. We ventured up to the thumb first, took a few pictures, then traveled over to and up the lookout trail. The evening sky and cloud cover provided ever-changing views of the mountain range that were quite spectacular. Descending down the mountain we caught a glimpse of a double rainbow amidst the glow of the setting sun. We finished the hike a little after 7:30pm, and as we were pulling away from the trailhead, Matt came to an abrupt stop on the dirt road. As Katie and I drew near we saw Matt and Robert jump out of their car and run towards the side of the road. At first I thought rattlesnake, when I heard the words "Gila Monster" I was like a kid on Christmas morning as I've been on a mission to see one since I moved out here. What a nice finish to a great hike.


Camelback Mountain 08/07/10


Camelback Mountain
Phoenix, Arizona
Mileage 11.5
Time 2:09
AEG 2600+Ft

Hiking Camelback was a fallback plan, following an ordeal that I'll never forget. To sum it up, my day went as follows: Locked keys in car, stranded for three hours, caught a ride home, ended up in the hospital, locked out of the house, found a ride to get my car, hiked Camelback. If you really want the details, call me. It's really a funny story...now.

Originally, I set out to run up Mt. Ord until my plans drastically changed. So, I decided to hike/trail run up and over Camelback, then run back around the mountain on the road to my car. I did this not once, but twice to get in 10+miles. If I knew how few people hike the mountain on Saturday evening, I would be up there more often. Each time I reached the summit, it was completely quiet, not a single person...which is rare. The rain and cooler temps brought out some wildlife, including a few very large chuckwallas (pictured below). Very cool. This unusual monsoon season we are having has provided some of the most incredible sunsets and bizarre weather patterns to the valley. It's a nice break from the extreme heat.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sunrise Peak 08/01/10


Sunrise Peak Trail Run
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
N. Scottsdale, Arizona
Mileage 4.74
Time 1:15
AEG 1270

Following last week's Camelback outing with Brett, I became really turned on to hiking in the evening. Typically I'm a morning person, although there's a different element exercising later in the day.

So I organized a group of 6 to hike/trail run Sunrise Peak at 6:00pm Sunday night. We met at 5:30pm to arrange a car shuttle, which would mean hiking up one side of the mountain and trail running down the other side to our cars. It turned out to be one of the nicest summer days I can remember (high 80's and cloudy), and everyone was thrilled to take advantage of it. Looks like the Sunday night hike may become a regular thing.