Tuesday, 7/15--Shake Out on South Sentinel
It took about 15 minutes for my calves to loosen up on the hill, but I feel so much better after this run. A bit of rain, some distant thunder, and heavy clouds. I also tested out my new running pack for the first time (AK Race Vest)--seems good, but I'll have to load it down and do a long run this weekend to really test it.
Wednesday, 7/16--South Sentinel, Sentinel Gulch
My watch reported nearly 5,000', but I think sometimes it just goes a little crazy. Legs felt better, but still stiff and sore. I suppose it will just be easy runs until I recover enough, maybe a few more days.
Thursday, 7/17--Smokejumper Loop w/Matt Flaherty
My watch added on another 1,000 ft. again, so 2,000 is a close guess. The legs actually felt good! And just in time to run with Salomon athlete and 5:33 50 miler, Matt Flaherty. I'm looking forward to watching that guy race the White River 50 miler coming up. After the run, the legs still felt a bit sore, but recovery is actually happening.
Saturday, 7/19--Lolo Peak
Legs still felt a bit dead, but it was a good run overall. I got off trail going down Lolo, and realized that I really need to brush up on rocky terrain--time to start training for the Rut! Smoke wasn't too much of an issue, and I was able to see over the cloud of smoke below from the summit. My first run in the Bitterroots.
Sunday, 7/20--Exploring Snowbowl
Such a good outing! I was really tempted to keep running further, after I spied another big 1,000'+ ft. slope to climb, but am still a little worried about compromising my recovery. The climb up to Point Six was right at an hour taking a gulch up the a trail up to the road, which felt fast compared to the rest of this week, and I had a good run bombing down a slope at the bottom of TV Mountain. This is definitely a place to return to, and it seems like proper training for The Rut 50k.
A week on the shorter end of things, mainly focused on recovery. Each day the legs have been feeling better, but I want to hold off from anything really big until I know it won't delay my recovery. That being said, next Saturday will be a 50+ mile social run with some of Missoula's finest. Once I'm recovered, I have a long line of things to go after, and hope to start getting in at least one 5+ hour run a week.
Matt Flaherty cruising down Sentinel
Point Six, National Weather Service Station
Town about 4,500' below
So many steep and grassy hills!
A song I've been hooked on--the guitar bits remind me of Dinosaur Jr., so good--