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JCtrail

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on: May 1, 2017, 10:56
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Snow Bowl, 9500 ft.
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The second photo shows a "yurt" that is used alot here, it's like a huge tent!

We considered ourselves very fortunate and blessed that the 4 days spent on the road to Grand Canyon, Mt Valley, Canyon de Chelly and Winslow was the 4 days that we didn't run into snow/rain/very cold temps. I was so relieved and happy about that. The weather can change so quickly! John and Christie appreciated the fact that some 'part of AZ' does get lots of snow and it does get cold. Our home is at 7,000 ft. The highest point is Mt Humphreys at over 12,600 ft, which I can see from the front door of my house! The trip was absolutely amazing! Christie is definitely returning to AZ for more hikes and trail runs. 🙂

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on: May 1, 2017, 11:31
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John flew out of Flagstaff on Thursday after our drive to Snow Bowl ski resort. He planned on some skiing w/ friends near Denver before returning to northern MN. On Friday, Christie and I got a full body deep tissue massage w/ the best MT I go to. She's the greatest!! Afterwards, we drove back down to Phoenix and stayed another night w/ a good friend of mine. Christie had an early Saturday morning flight back to MN. Felt a 'downer' when they both left. But I stayed and visited w/ DD/GDs before picking up DH at the airport later that evening. DH stayed a whole week to celebrate my birthday month, LOL!!

Sunday, March 26: ran 5.2 miles.
Wed, March 29: ran 7.2 miles.
Sunday, April 2: 9.1 miles.
Wed, April 5: 7.1 miles. Headed to Phoenix again for dental conference. Stayed/visited w/ DD/GDs during this time. Did not run at all.
Sunday, April 9: back in Flagstaff, ran 5 miles.
Tues, April 11: 8.2 miles.
Thurs, April 13: ran 7.5 miles solo. Met up w/ trail divas running group, ran another 4.4 miles. Total 11.9 miles. Longest training run for my upcoming NM HM trail run on the 22nd.
Friday, April 15: Drove to Albq. Stayed/visited w/ DS/DIL.
Sunday, April 16 (Easter day): Ran 6.1 miles on Sandia Mt trails (Albq, NM). Picked up DH at airport. Another dental conference and he's one of the speakers. We stayed in a hotel all week.
Tuesday, April 18: ran 5.6 miles on another Sandia Mt trail.
Thurs, April 20: easy workout in hotel fitness ctr: 20 min elliptical, 20 min cycling, 10 min weights, 10 min stretching.
Friday, April 21: DH's return flight to MN. Picked up my race packet bib and met my running friend, Mary, at the running store, we chatted for an hour!! Instead of a race shirt, we get a nice warm knitted cap w/ "Cedro Peak Trail Run" sewed in!! Love it!! I needed it after the race. I stayed/visited w/ DS/DIL. Have Cedro Peak HM trail run tomorrow. 😀

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April 22, 2017 - Cedro Peak Trail Run - Tijeras, NM (about 30 miles SE of Albq) - HM, FM, 50k distances.

Went to bed a little later than planned but got in a good night's sleep. Woke up earlier than the alarm. Already had my running gear set out. Left around 7 am. Cup of decaf coffee, banana on the drive. It's about 33 degrees!! Cloudy, cool breeze which makes it feel colder but I love it!! Driving directions is easy following signs on highway. The 50k runners have started. Every runner has to check in even if they got their bib the day before. For runners' safety. I'm really early but I make sure I have what I need, hydrate. I'm wearing short sleeve under long sleeve tech shirt, and also a light pink windbreaker. I pin bib# on running skirt in case I take off long sleeve and don't want to bumble around w/ bib#.

My friend, Mary, from March 10k trail run shows up about 30 mins before HM. It's 'warmed' up to about 40 degrees, still cool breeze. Made sure my garmin is on. My goal for my first HM trail race this year and after dealing w/ an injury is finishing without injury/falling!! haha!! I hope to finish in 2.5 hrs but I would be happy under 3 hrs. The elevation profile isn't too bad IMO but not sure about technicality, usually the main difference in running trails. As we are stretching, another runner comments on my running skirt......she is wearing the same one!! LOL!! She is also in my AG and looks like she can kick my butt!! yikes!! haha!!
WE take off at 9 am. I start slow and towards the back. The first 1/2 mile is rocky downhill. After that, lots of neat winding areas and single track most of the miles, hard packed dirt and rocky portions w/ some slight hills as well. Mary (a young 60 yr old) stays behind me, she's doing good for her first HM trail!! After 3 miles, we take a 30 second walk break, took photos. We starting gaining and passing other runners. My running skirt has lots of pockets so I wear a new smaller waist pack (no water bottle slots). I have my Salomon palm held collapsible 15 oz bottle of water only. I know I can fill it up at water stations which are about 3-4 miles apart. And since the temps are in the 40s/50s for most of the run, I figure I don't need more than my 15 oz. Mary starts fading around 5 miles. I catch/ follow 4 runners who are pacing well. My injury area is holding up and I'm feeling good. Aid stations are so helpful and encouraging volunteers!! It's such a beautiful area for a trail run.
After 8.5 miles, we reach a dirt road, have to run some short hills to get to the 9 mile aid station, it's the first turnaround, they have a freaking buffet, LOL!! Spent a couple of minutes there, stretching mostly. I take a salt tab, fill up my water. I ran out of sport beans and there's no gel!! But a female runner behind me gives me some Stinger honey energy chews, she doesn't want them anymore. Wow!! This is what I love about trail runners, very supportive runners!!
I catch up w/ the 4 runners who I was following and pass them. There's a female runner behind me who I tell to let me know when she wants to pass. We start chatting abit, she ran this before and tells me that we will be running some short hills soon. She tells me she's 65 and has had 4 pins in her hip!! OMG!! She passes me!! LOL!! But says,"you'll pass me later, I'm sure b/c you are good on the hills." She's so observant!! 😛
Anyway, this is the out and back part so there are still HM runners going the other way as well as FM and 50k passing me. It is so nice and cool by this time, trees everywhere. There are times I'm alone but I catch/pass another runner every so often. I finally see the 65 yr old walking the hills, I jog them and pass her. "way to go, she yells." At the top, I take a 15 second walk break, couple of air squats to loosen legs. It evens out w/ dirt single track winding through the trees, this was really fun!!
I take off my windbreaker at the second to last aid station which we have to run past for about 1/4 mile, then turnaround and pass the aid station again going the other way towards the finish.
The last aid station, less than a mile from the finish, is offering tequila shots!! NO KIDDING!! haha!! They are on their 2nd bottle. The last one who finishes the bottle has to take it across the finish line, LOL!! I pass it up though. 😯
The last 1/2 mile is uphill, ROCKY and I have to walk/jog it but I see another runner ahead of me. I want to see if I can catch him so when I reach the top, I take off. I know the finish is near, I can see the parking lot through the trees, the flags and music. He looks back and speeds up, haha!! Almost catch him.....He high-fived me after the finish. 😉
They are tearing off our numbers from our bibs and pin it to a board but no time is written w/ it. They write down the time on their sheet though. It's old-school so we don't know what our time will be till they post it online.
Anyway, according to my garmin, I finished in 2:30:57. YAY!! I'm happy!! Mary finishes around 2:37!! WOW!! They had all sorts of sub-sandwiches, chips, fruits, hot/cold drinks post-race for runners. Yippee!! Mary and I visited and chatted w/ other runners. The runner who is wearing the same running skirt came over and wanted a photo of us!! She finished ahead of me (2:28:37) and also one spot ahead of me in AG (she's 52)!! Not bad!! 😉
It's partly sunny by now, breeze is still cool, about 55-60 degrees by the time I left.

Overall, it was a great trail, love the short hills and technicality, it offered gorgeous views, aid stations were awesome and it felt right for a HM trail race while coming back from an injury. The next day, I felt good, no major soreness. I took the 5 days off for rest.
My official time: 2:30:55; OV 93/151 HM runners; OV female runners: 44/94; OV AG (50-59): 7/12. 😎

JCtrail

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1. start/finish
2. Christie wants a VW bug to travel in but I texted her this to consider, LOL!! It's a TENT!!
3. about 3 miles, that's my friend Mary on the left.
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Rocky hills portions of the trail. I did pass the runner ahead.
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A runner carrying an empty tequila bottle, LOL!!
Near finish line, runners wearing bat-girl and bat-man clothes! Female runner kept pulling on her short shorts the whole race!! It was toooo short in the back. Trail runners are wacky in attitude and running attire, LOL!! Love it!!
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I returned to MN on Thursday. DH has been taking ballroom dance lessons while I was in AZ and tells me that we have a dance class to go to when I drive in. uh, I don't think so, LOL!! He understands and I tell him to go. I'm too tired and go to bed at 8 pm!!
Friday: Drove to university gym. 20 min elliptical, 3 miles on indoor track, 10 min of running drills, 20 min weights and 10 min stretching.
We go to the dance class on Friday night. My calves are killing me, ha!!
WE go again Saturday morning. Take break from 3-6 pm. Then attend the evening's social dance. There's usually a band and they were great!!
I wanted to go to gym yesterday but I bailed out, I feel so tired. Had a glass of wine and went to bed at 9 pm.
Well, I had some work to do this morning and catching up on this forum.
Will respond to each of you later, sorry. I wanted to post some photos and the RR.
I'm gonna drag my lazy butt to the gym and see what happens, LOL!!

thenancyrd

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on: May 1, 2017, 18:35
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Welcome back, JC! I enjoyed reading about your adventures and seeing your photos - just gorgeous! How crazy the weather, from sunny and dry then to snow! Funny your friend John never heard of the Eagles?! That's a pretty cool statue/memorial they put up there. I am glad you had a great race and your injury did not act up. Don't blame you on passing on the tequila shot (yuk). So what's next for you??

We ran our half yesterday (Sunday) the NJ Marathon/HM. Temp was 60 degrees and cloudy. Sometimes there was quite a breeze, particularly at the end, the last 1 1/2 miles was on the boardwalk along the ocean. Finished in 2:33:17; I felt good until about the 9 mile mark and then I began to slow down, walk at times. Did not have a negative split race and it was my slowest HM but I am ok with that, considering I didn't follow a training plan/kinda winged it. The outside part of my hips and certain toes are sore. I actually feel a little down today, not sure why. Didn't go to the gym this am, not sure about tomorrow. Eventually I'll get there 😉 Planning on starting the training for Wineglass this coming Monday. But only for the week because then I am on VACATION!!! In Utah! Looking forward to seeing the parks and taking lots of photos like JC 🙂 and will pick up the plan again on the 22nd.

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on: May 1, 2017, 18:43
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Oh JC, what running skort do you wear, from what company? I would like to get one or two... I saw a few women yesterday with very colorful running skirts/skorts...

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