Great easy loop. Loved the new Roundup Trail in Red Rocks.
PM: 5 miles (:41) Monument easy in the FFs
Tue-AM: 28 miles (4:10) Manitou to Elk Park and back, 6000'
Ran pretty solid t0 Barr Camp, then cruised it up to EP at 12k'. Cleared some trees off the trail on the way back. Pretty tired by the end, but the temp was close to 90 today, so good heat training (finished around 2pm).
PM: 4 miles (:33) Monument
Wed-AM: 30 miles (4:00) 666-Jones Park-7 Bridges-Buckhorn+barefoot, 4000'
Started late because I was waiting for my new NB790s to show up in the mail. Tempoed the 666 hill in 33:43. Felt a lot better today than yesterday and wasn't even really that tired by the end.
PM: 5 miles (:40) North Monument
Stopped by the Colorado Running Co. afterwards for cookies and brews. Felt good despite only the ~2hr or so of rest between runs.
Thu-AM: 36 miles (5:15) 666-Pipeline-North Cheyenne Creek Trail-Stratton Reservoir-7 Bridges-Buckhorn. 6000' Great great run. Finally connected the little trail that follows North Cheyenne Creek all the way up to the reservoir at 12k'. It climbs very very steeply (probably over 1000' in one mile long section) but is worth it. Felt good the whole run despite only having 2 gels with me.
Fri-AM: 11 miles (1:31) Monument+RR tracks
Ran nice and mellow this morning, but didn't even feel that tired.
Sat-AM: 50 miles (7:20) Garden-Manitou-Barr Camp-Manitou Reservoir-Heizer Trail-Cascade-Waldo-Williams-Manitou-Intemann-Bear Creek-Monument. 6000' Awesome run. The temp was in the low 90s today so I decided to stay low (high point was Barr Camp at 10,200') in the heat and check out the awesome trail over to the reservoir and Heizer mountain. I love running new trails. The climb out of Cascade and through Waldo was perfect heat training as I could feel the waves of hot air hitting me. Felt good until the last 40 minutes or so...just the usual bonking/dehydrating at the end of a long one. Really liked the way the 790s performed today.
Sun-AM: 15 miles (2:02) Garden of the Gods
Nice and hot again today: 92F. Kept it short to be sure I recover from yesterday's last big long run before Western.
Total: 204 miles (28:52), ~18,000'
This was a great week of training. However, because last week's long runs were on Fri/Sat, I inadvertently logged my highest ever (by far) 7 day total from last Friday to this week's Thursday: (55)+(45)+(28/4)+(20/5)+(28/4)+(30/5)+(36)=~260 miles and 37hr with ~38k' vertical (I only count climbs over 1000'). Holy shit; good thing I didn't go for a run Thursday night like I'd planned. Well, at least it came the perfect amount of time out from WS and it happened without me really even thinking about it. Finally, this past weekend was great because I finally got some heat training in--the last element I was looking for going into WS.