First test to see if my body will allow me to do some ultras in the next year or two After a three day rest following some dental work, I figured it was a good time to try for something a little longer. 7:00 AM. Ran from my house to Francis Peak (radar towers @ 9500+ ft) and back. Temps 70 degrees to 85 F by the time I got back. Carried 70 oz's of water in a camelback, 4 Gu's and a 5 oz flask of EFS (Product out of Salt lake City), this little flask packed 400 calories and 100 g's of carbohydrates. The fueling experiment continues. I ate gu at miles 6 and 8. At mile 10 I started on the EFS and consumed that over the next 3 miles. Then gu at miles 18 and 22. I maybe could have used more calories and or/electrolytes as I started cramping up (as usual ) around mile 22. My left ITB flared up and I ended up walking much of the last 4 miles. Very frustrating because I felt really good on the climb up and most of the way back. Just to have the whole run shot down in the last 4 miles! My water supply would have been adequate if not for the additional time it took to finish with the walking. I ran out of water around mile 24. When I got back home I felt probably the most uncomfortable I have ever felt after a run. It took like 20 minutes just to feel like I could think straight again. Anyway. I'm thinking I need to carry some solid foods with me on the extended runs?
Home to Francis Peak / 13.53 miles / 3:04:46 / 13:38 per mile avg.
Francis Peak to home / 13.52 miles / 2:33:36 / 11:23 avg
Total run 27.05 miles / 5:38:23 / 12:30 avg.
6116 ft up / 6106 ft down.
Some notes: Very little traffic going up this morning, heavy traffic coming down (ATV's, motorcycles, etc).
The view from the top almost knocked me off my feet. Especially looking over into Morgan county. The view goes on forever with endless hazy mountain ranges in the distance into Wyoming.
Horseflies like sun. As I was coming down the canyon, I had my own personal entourage of a dozen or so flies buzzing me from all directions, for miles. Only got bit once though.
Shiny, white, dome shaped radar towers have magnetic qualities which can literally pull you up a steep mountain against your better judgment.