(Starting to shed her winter coat.)
First, I thought I'd cross-post this interview I recently did over at Endurance Planet. Due to the casual, informal, over-the-phone format I tended to ramble a little; my bit starts at around the 22min mark.
I made it to the top of Green twice today. By and large, winter is over here in Boulder, CO. Sure, we will most certainly be graced with (probably several) more snowstorms, but something tells me that they will mostly be of the melt-within-the-next-48hrs variety. Which is fine with me. I'm ready for some hot weather.
This afternoon's run involved running hard up the steep frontside of Green. I started running from my doorstep and joined Jeff at Gregory Canyon where he led me up the Amphitheater trail. Despite the warm temps, much of this route stays in the shade bascially all day, so what would otherwise be an infuriatingly slippery surface proved to be an exceptionally efficient recipient for the 3/8" cleats on our Microspikes. I can't believe I waited until January to pick up a pair of those suckers.
Inspired by the great weather and the favorable trail conditions I moved ahead at the Saddle Rock trail junction and cruised up the gradient with increased intensity, looking to push the edge a bit and make things hurt. Well, I certainly found some of that. I guess my legs weren't feeling quite as great as I'd hoped, so I ended up with a 32:49 ascent, 30 seconds off of my PR.
After running down the mountain with Jeff I scurried down to Kittredge Field by the Law School and indulged in two and a half miles of glorious barefootin' on the artificial turf there. The entire time I was encircling students playing football, frisbee, soccer, and lacrosse, everyone just out in the evening twilight enjoying the still-warm air in the shadows of the Flatirons. I even got in some shirtlessness for the first time this year.
After days like today, I can't wait for summer and the ambiance evoked by a tune like this (probably the closest to a jam band-y type thing you'll ever see me advocate):