May 30, 2012
I’ve had a streak of setting new PRs each of the last seven times up Green Mountain. This morning I headed out thinking, Well, here’s the end.
Last weekend I ran my 10+ hour Jemez Mountain 50-miler, and this Monday was the considerably shorter but still intense Bolder Boulder. So there was no way I was going to hit under 1:04:29 round trip on Green today.
But halfway up, I felt myself flying. I was running section that normally require me to slow to a stumble-hike. That was a big boost of confidence. About half a mile from the summit, I could feel my legs running out of gas, but luckily I’ve gotten better at power hiking thanks to the 10,000 feet of elevation at Jemez Mountain. I leaned in and hiked up, hitting the peak in 41:45. From there, it was just another fast and furious dash down.
1:03:45 in all. Another new PR.
Yet another PR.
Right as I was reaching the last 1/10 mile stretch at the bottom, I came upon this goofy looking hiker with big, red, curly hair, hiking poles and an all-white outfit. He pull off to the side out of my way, and I heard him whisper with a big grin as I flew past, “You guys are amazing.” It felt like another pretty amazing day on Green Mountain