Elevation: 2531 ft
Splits: 11:19, 11:17, 11:32, 13:52, 13:16, 11:23, 9:35, 9:16, 9:33, 11:35, 12:25, 14:07, 14:54, 13:16, 12:02, 9:51
Route: Potato Hill -- Ann's Trail -- Ann's Offshoot -- BST
Whoa...what a run! The first 2.5 miles were wonderful then I continued on the little off-shoot trail I went on last time. It was SO icy that I had to tip toe across the crazy parts. I decided it wasn't worth my time.
I got back to the singletrack parking lot and went on a down hill dirt road for as long as it would go. Then I saw a trail map and it was the BST....nice to meet ya! The conditions on the road started as very snowy then dirt (mixed in with a bit of mud). I was really loving the downhill part.
Then it was time to turn around and that downhill turned uphill and I wasn't loving it so much. The sun was out and I was so HOT! I would pick a tree-rock-bush and tell myself I had to run to that spot then I could walk until another designated tree-rock-bush. Sometimes it was a long walk (it was a power walk though). My heart rate was out of control but my legs felt fine. Obviously a lack of elevation training!
Once I got back to the single track parking lot, I was able to run again.
During parts of the run, I would feel frustrated that I couldn't go any faster on the uphill/icy sections. But I did my best today and it was my first time doing 16 miles on a trail with 2500 ft of elevation. Antelope 50 miler has 2500 ft of elevation - I would be curious to see how it compares.
I'm SO hungry now! And I need to stretch REALLY good tonight.