AM- 5.5 easy. Hips still sore from Sat.
PM- BTW with Cody. Ran from Spring Hollow to the start of Wind Caves. Then we ran as fast as we could (i.e. tempo effort) up to the Wind Caves Ridge- 2450 feet up in 3 very, very unrelenting miles. The trail climbs steadily with no breaks, and we pushed ourselves hard enough that we were borderline anaerobic. Mile splits were 11:52, 13:15, and 16:52- and yes, that was as fast as we could go. The last mile was technical and steep enough that the trail slowed me more than aerobic/physical limitations. It was more of a faint deer trail than a real trail, with lots of rocks, roots, snow, and a nasty camber. We enjoyed the views at the top, then ran down to the junction with Cody wasting me on the downhill. Always glutton for punishment, we ran up to the Wind Caves (about 400 more feet up) just to make sure our legs were tired. Then we limped back to the car. It was the hardest 11 mile workout of my life, but great for trail running purposes. "Pocatello" was my oft-repeated mantra. If it were on road, it would have been about a 15 mile workout. But I'll take a 11 mile trail workout with 3000+ feet climbing any day. 1:49:49, which is barely sub-10:00 pace. Rocking. Thanks for joining me, Cody.