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March Madness Weekend

Wow, what a way to start the spring season! We couldn’t have had a better weekend with fantastic weather, great trails, and good company to run with.

I started the weekend with a nice run along the Poudre river with Rocket from Animal House on Friday evening. And I just heard today that there is an adoption application pending and possibly one more family interested in him. I plan to take him out on the Tuesday evening social run at Reservoir Ridge again but am crossing my fingers that he won’t be there when I stop by the shelter tomorrow. There are plenty of other dogs who need help and it’ll be great to know that Rocket has a permanent home.

Rocket taking a short break at Lyons park by the Poudre river.

On Saturday, Alex hosted our first FCTR March Madness run around Horsetooth Reservoir. I took the long way around and got in a really good 36.5 mile run followed by a fantastic cookout at Alex’s and beers with the trail runners. The map of the long route is online here and Alex’s report from the day is online here.

Top of the first climb of the day on Horsetooth. Drew, Ross, Brian, me, and Sam.

And to top off the weekend, I headed down to Boulder to rack up some vertical feet with a few repeats up Bear with Eric and Tressa. We finished 3 full laps up Fern plus another trip about 3/4 of the way up to get to my goal of 20,000 vertical feet for the week. In 2010 I only had 3 weeks where I exceeded 20,000 feet of climbing and that included the Wasatch 100. This week was my second week over 20,000 in a row so I’m feeling pretty good about the start of my Hardrock training. And despite the fact that trudging up Fern on Bear peak is ridiculously difficult, spending the day with friends with gorgeous weather and spectacular views made the time fly by. I had no idea how long we were out until I got back to my car. It took almost as long to run 18.5 miles on Bear on Sunday as it did to run the full 36.5 mile loop around Horsetooth on Saturday! I was pretty wiped out from the effort but in a good way. After 2 hard weeks of training, I’m a bit worn out and tired but nothing is hurting and I feel pretty good about tackling one more big push through the end of the month.

View of Longs from the top of Bear.