Ran nice and easy and explored the plethora of sweet little singletracks hidden in the trees there. Had a nice climb up to Gold Camp. My shin cramped a little the last mile, but I just walked a few yards and jogged it in very easily and it was never a problem again. Got some Cold Laser.
Tue-AM: 16 miles (2:35) Barr Camp from Memorial Park w/ Kyle
Ran to Barr in 1:19 from Hydro (4000' climb) after getting to No Name Creek in 36:18. The trail was basically clear to NNC, but then Kyle and I were breaking trail through some fresh snow and drifts all the way to Barr Camp, so it was slow going but still a glorious day in the mountains. Shin never hurt at all.
Wed-AM: 18 miles (2:45) Memorial Park to Williams to Waldo CCW to Longs Ranch Road to No Name and back to Manitou
Ran easy with Kyle until he bailed onto the UPT. The climb up Longs was tough because of ice and snow but totally worth it. Shin was great. Snowing at the top. ~4000' vertical
PM: 4.5 miles (:34) North Loop CRC Run w/ group
Ran easy and felt good in the FiveFingers.
Thu-AM: 18 miles (2:10)~4 mile tempo in 21:59 (5:47, 5:24, 5:31, 5:16)
Wore my new New Balance 205 flats (Khalid's shoe) and felt good. Shin tightened up some on the cooldown, but Jeff did some ART on it when I went to get lasered later and it felt fine. Very pleased with my ability to pull off a run like that right now.
Fri-AM: 11 miles (1:30) Mesas and Monument w/ Kyle
Easy in the FiveFingers.
Sat-AM: 30 miles (4:00) Buckhorn Mt to Seven Bridges to Jones Park down 666 and back to Nevada.
Finished up with 10 minutes barefoot running. ~4000' vertical
Sun-AM: 10 miles (1:35) La Luz Trail in Albuquerque w/ Kyle.
Great trail up to ~9300' or so and then it was knee-deep snow, so we turned around. A nice moderate, switch-backed climb, but still ~2000' gain.
PM: 8 miles (1:04) Amos Trail to Whitewater Mesa in Glenwood, NM w/ Kyle.
Felt great to shake the legs out in the FiveFingers.
Total: 131 miles (18:23)
This was an encouraging week of running. The shin twinged a couple times throughout the week (Thursday and Saturday), but overall I was disciplined and kept it under control with icing and cold laser and by Sunday it felt 100%. Sunday was the beginning of a nice little trip to sunny New Mexico and the Gila Wilderness.