Today I finally did a run that I have wanted to do for a long, long time- DJJ. In other words, Double Jardine Juniper (http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/jardine.htm). JJ is one of my absolute favorite trails, but I have never done it 2 times in a row. The trail is ~10 miles round trip, with 1850 feet ascent on the way out and 1850 descent on the way back- pretty technical on some of it. Cody volunteered to come with me- he was on bike. Normal time for the trail is 1:20-1:23, with my all time fastest of 1:18:30. I was hoping to do both trips in under 2:50.
Great morning for a run- 40 deg or so, a bit breezy. We started early- I left my house at 5:30 am to pick up Cody. First time up was a moderate-to-hard pace. I hit the start of the loop (mile 4) in 41:47 (10:26 pace- pretty typical for that climb) and did the 1.5 mile loop at the top in 13:23 (8:55 pace). The trail was very muddy in many locations and really slowed me down- I think I did half the run with a pound of mud stuck to each shoe. Then comes the fun downhill- 4 miles in 30:24. I was moving at a decent clip but definitely wasn't going all out. Total time first run was 1:25:35 (8:33 pace). Oh, and I beat Cody- he arrived about a minute after me! Score one for the runners!
Took a little break, got a drink and ate some food, then it was on to round 2. Cody dropped out and did some biking in the area- he didn't want to fight the mud again. I was definitely tired on the climb but really pushed the pace- 39:56 to the 4 miles spot, 9:59 pace. Ran the loop in 12:06 (8:04 pace). Then I really kicked it on the whole downhill- I was going all out the whole way, almost twisting my ankle and running into branches a bunch of times. 24:52 for the downhill (6:13 pace). It was awesome and I was pooped. 1:16:56 for the second lap. That means I went 1:34 faster than my old record! Pretty amazing supposing I set my all time record after already having run 10 miles. It was so much fun! Oh, and my run down the second time was only 3.5 minutes slower than Cody's descent (on a bike with almost 2000' downhill). 2:42:31 totat time, 8:07 avg.
Great fun today- it was as great as I had hoped.