On Tuesday I ran the Wahsatch Steeplechase course up and over Little Black Mountain with friend Mark Kreuzer. It's a 16.3 mile course with over 4000 feet of climbing in the first 8 miles.
Mark on one of the down-climbs through the crags
Flying down Smuggler's Gulch
Wednesday was our second get together of our now weekly night run. This time we chose to stay local and ran the Corner Canyon trails in Draper up to the summit of View Benchmark. This great course offers about 2000 ft of vert in about 10.5 miles. It was great to spend the evening running with Josh and Scott and we spent the whole time just chatting away.
Finally, on Saturday I did a solo run up Mt Timpanogos, my first time for this year. After a full week of training I still felt like I had a lot in the tank and was able to feel strong the whole way up. I made it to the top in a new best time (for me) of 1:52:07. There weren't many people on the way up due to a race being held lower in American Fork Canyon. However, as I was nearing the bottom on my way down the crowds had shown up and were all on the trail since the race had ended and the road had re-opened. It slowed me down, but I still managed my second best time on the trail - 2:53:38, only a minute behind my PR. I just loved being back on the mountain and having the summit all to myself. I'm hoping I can get back there again in the next week or two.
Approaching the saddle at 1:35:00. Looking up at the summit.
On the top of Timpanogos, all alone. So awesome.