Met Cody at Green Canyon where we ran the Beirdneau trail (I still think that is the strangest spelling ever for a word). I haven't done it for probably 2 years- it's a fun, nice trail, but rough and steep. And it was cold today- much colder than expected.
First ran 1.75 miles up the canyon to the trailhead in just under 17:00, gaining less than 500 feet. Then the climbing started- by the time we reached our turn around 2.2 miles later, we had gained an additional ~2000 feet- in other words, almost 20% grade up. We ran pretty much all of it but weren't pushing the pace, carrying on a normal conversation the whole way. Between the steep climb and the easy pace, we were moving at a screaming 16 min/mile. Great views from the top. Turned around and ran the 4 miles back in 31 minutes or so- the first 2 miles down were 8 min pace but 6 min/mile effort. Had to put on the breaks most of the way down because of all the steep, plus lots of rocks, roots, and loose dirt. In other words, a great trail! Averaged 10:21 for the whole run.
I noticed a large stream of dried blood on my leg once I got home, completing the run. I'm enjoying my "only trail running, not hard training" time of the year.
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