Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Not my ordinary jog...

This is Mt. Elbert. He lives just to the south of Mt. Massive.

On Saturday afternoon, I thought I'd go for a jog from our campsite. There was a trail that left our campground and went all the way around the lake. Seeing that would have been about 12+ mile run, I opted to run along the north shore of the lake to the next campground over...about an 8 mile round trip excursion.

It was one of the most enjoyable runs I've ever been on. The solitude and scenery were awesome. The challenge of running on a trail was a nice change from the pavement or treadmill running I've done previously. Although, I couldn't get the thought out of my head that I was one misstep away from a nice sprained ankle. The altitude was a killer. The campground was situated around 9900 feet. This is about 4000 feet higher than I'm used to running at and there were plenty of ups and downs that had me sucking wind.

I recently got a GPS watch to help me keep track of my running workouts. It's pretty cool to see what kind of data it collects. Check out the link below to see my run in more detail. Switch the map over to "satellite" view and zoom out a bit to see the mountains (Massive & Elbert) that we were right up against.