Sunday, December 4, 2011

Week Summary: Nov 28 - Dec 4

Mon-AM: 1:42, 3200' ~ Green Mt.
Holy shit, I actually completed a full run with the shin pain-free.  Ran from home, up Gregory-Ranger (first time since before I broke my leg in June), down the NE Ridge/1st access and then home via Panorama Point and Eben G. Fine to avoid running downhill on pavement.  Actually running uphill will definitely require a little retraining after all the hiking I've been doing, but all in all this run was incredibly satisfying, not to mention a balmy 50F at 7am and it's nearly December!
PM: 1:23, 2600' ~ Green Mt.
Up 3rd access and down 1st/2nd access.  Gorgeous warm evening, but I was really bonking coming down the mountain.  All hiking.

Tue-AM: 1:44, 3200' ~ Green + Flagstaff Mt.
Up Amphi-Saddle Rock-Greenman and down NE Ridge-Greenman-Flagstaff-Eben G. Fine. Took a while for my legs to wake up but I was feeling great the 2nd half. All running!
PM: 1:19, 2600' ~ Green Mt.
Up and down 3rd access. Biked to Chat and then jogged the flatter stretches on the uphill tonight (maybe 30% of the climb) but hiked all the way down.

Wed-AM: 2:00, 3000' ~ Green Mt.
Up back and down Bear Canyon. I think this was the first time I've been on the Green-Bear connector or the Bear Canyon Trail since March, so it was awesome to revisit my old haunts.  Also the first time I've stretched out the legs on some extended flatter running (Bear Canyon and Mesa Trail) in a long time. Stellar weather, 50F at 7am.
PM: 1:06, 2600' ~ Green Mt.
Up and down 3rd access. Biked to Chat then jogged the flattish stuff on the way up but ran pretty much everything on the way down except for the initial super-icy stuff on upper Greenman.  Awesome evening, perfectly still on the summit.

Thu-AM: 1:44, 2800' ~ Green Mt.
Up 1st Saddle and down back w/ Scott, Homie and Bill. 6-10" of fresh snow on everything made the uphill a hiking slog and the downhill a glorious float. Awesome morning to be out.
PM: 1:55, 3000' ~ Green + Flagstaff Mt.
Up 1st Saddle and down Ranger to Flagstaff to Eben G. Fine. Quite a bit more snow than this morning--well over a foot total--so it was a good slog to the top. Really nice run down through all the fluff, though.

Fri-AM: 2:00, 2800' ~ Green Mt.
Up back and down Greenman-Flagstaff-EGF. Incredibly beautiful morning with a deep blue sky and sun glinting off all the new snow.  Great run.
PM: Flying to San Francisco.

Sat- nothing, spectating the TNF50 in Marin.

Sun-AM: :49, 1200' ~ Twin Peaks, San Francisco
Jogged easily from the Mission District to the top of this hill smack in the middle of San Fran.  Some remarkably steep streets in SF.
PM: 1:50, 3200' ~ Green + Flag
Got off the bus from the airport in downtown Boulder at 5:40pm in heavily-falling snow and was back on the streets running towards the Gregory trailhead by 6:00pm.  Up Amphi-SR-Greenman with a mix of running and hiking and down Ranger-Flagstaff-EGF (all running).  Awesome run with really well-packed trails and an excellent cushion of 4-6" of fresh fluff.  There was so much light from the city reflecting off the fresh snow that I barely needed a headlamp for the entire run.

Hours: 17h32min
Vert: 30,200'


This is the best week of running that I've had since I first injured my shin way back in January/February of this year (~13hr total of actual running).  I definitely still need to be careful with the shin as I could still feel it being a touch sore on my late evening run tonight, but with me essentially being drawn in the Hardrock lottery this morning I'm fully comfortable with the fact that simple power-hiking is very effective and specific training for what will certainly be the goal race of my summer.

Combined with the inspiring performances out in Marin on Saturday, my psych for the mountains and running is at an all-time high.  I'm also really excited to seemingly have received more winter in Boulder in the past week than we had in the entirety of all of last year's winter season.  The trails on Green Mt. are setting up excellently and tonight there was finally enough snow to make me comfortable with breaking out a brand-new pair of Microspikes (usually I don't want to risk unnecessarily dulling a fresh pair on trails with only spotty snow/ice coverage). I really hope to make it over to Fern Canyon this coming week for a few trips up what is sure to be a fantastic luge-like path.

Thursday morning Green summit in a blizzard. Photo: Scott Jurek.
Thursday evening, in a cloud.
Divide alpenglow.

Friday morning.
Red Rocks and Mt. Sanitas. My abode is just out of frame on the lower right.


David Hill said...

Congrats on the HR selection. So what about Western States?

Eric said...

Game On !!!

Drew Gunn said...

What the heck are the blue things on your feet? Almost look like built in gaiters.

R. Logan Brooks said...

Once again, great news Tony. Rest up for HR.

Jason said...

What do you do to keep your feet warm in the snow? Do those waterproof 110's help? My toes are numb after about 15 mins. and painful after 40. It's very frustrating. Do you think your injury has actually been a blessing since it forced you to hone you hiking skills? Seems like a tremendous asset for HR.

trailrutger said...

Great news on the hardrock selection.
Also good to hear your shin is as good as pain free.

Keep it up

Anonymous said...

Really chuffed for you that this week has seen some real progress with the shin + being able to sustain some running.

Barry Bliss said...

That's good news.

My experience lately has been that distance walking definitely goes a long way to keeping you fit for distance running, when necessary.

Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Lance said...

Drew, those are a prototype waterproof version of the MT101 he is wearing. He mentioned them in the comments of his last post.

Glad to hear the shin is healing. You're on the right track, keep it up!

djconnel said...

Funny: I just ran Twin Peaks a week ago to meet out-of-town guests and they were all impressed I'd run up the hill. Compare it to two-a-day Green Mountains :).

It was cool you came for NF50: perfect weather for such an incredible event! I was pacing there so experienced only a small piece (last 7 miles) of the race. Too bad I missed seeing you!

Robbie said...

Hi Anton,I asked you to describe the Flatirons previously and was just wondering if those become out of bounds for ascents now that the snow has arrived? Is it a case of sticking to the trails now? Stunning scenery I must say.

chris said...

Hi Anton, Wondering what you use for gloves or tips you might have for cold hands? I especially feel it during these single digit front range mornings.


William said...

Really pumped for you Tony!

Ian Scott said...

Congratulations on getting into Hardrock! Great news about your shin and all the running you were able to do last week.

runningfarmer said...

Stoked for you and sending good Ozark mojo for continued recovery as you amp up for your return. Spectacular pics, I'm jealous. Cheers and keep up the good work.

Dallan said...

Love reading your blog!!

PatrickCT said...

Wow...admire your on-going self-restraint as you ease back - it will pay dividends for sure...super to see you and Geoff in HR!

Ryan said...

So happy to hear that you're on the mend, Anton. Out of curiosity, do you count your hiking miles toward your total lifetime mileage? What about the running that you've been mixing in with your hiking? I guess I ask because you indicate time rather than miles in your posts lately. Cheers. Ryan

Charlie said...

Tony plays guitar in this band.

Brian Williams said...

Cool band, Charlie. Anton, you haven't posted music in awhile. Just sayin'.

Charlie said...

Tony is falling down on the job in the music department. I'm back to listening to Journey and Billy Squier because of this.

BTW, I love this group.

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Anton said...

David - HR is the definite focus for the first half of the year. An opportunity to race there can't be taken lightly.

Robbie - Flatties are pretty much off limits until they dry out, which, given the sun here could just be a few days, but yeah, I'll probably mostly be staying off the rocks this winter.

Ryan - Esp with all the hiking the last few months, I've started quantifying my time outside more in time than in distance. This makes more sense with mountain running anyways because the steep, techy trails at altitude can make even a 20min mile have an equivalent effort of a 5min mile on a flat surface, i.e. counting miles isn't an effective way of quantifying volume at a given effort in the mountains.

sir chalky said...

It's awesome that you were just running in my backyard! I'm not sure which way you ran up Twin Peaks but if you ever find yourself doing the run again, going up through Glen Canyon (a small canyon park in the middle of the city) and down the backside onto Mt. Sutro keeps things interesting amongst the concrete jungle. While it pales in comparison to trails elsewhere, it's nice enough to keep things interesting in the city and make you forget where you are running. has a map of said run.

Great to hear that you are regaining your strength.

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