I arrived at Afton at 5:15 this morning hoping to bang out a whole loop before I met up with Carl, Jim, and Zach (and Chris who I just met today). I was glad to hear Jim Wilson will be running Leadville this year. Make sure you mention that to him if any of you ever run into him.
I knew there was a little snow, but I fared well on my screw shoes last year on snow and ice out there.
I guess it was a combination of being a real slick snow (unlike the packing, sticky snow), or my inability to kick ass today, but I got my butt handed to me.
It took me almost 2.5 hours to get to the bottom of campground hill, before the long stretch on the river. It normally takes me around 1.5 hours.
When I met the gang, I was beat.
Karen joined us too, and I had a tough time keeping up with her as well. You are in great shape Karen! Don't question yourself.
I bailed with Karen after about 16 miles banked. Well over 4 hours. Tore off part of the heel on my shoe.
I don't think I will be running out there much until the snow goes away.
I somehow managed to get 50 in this week, and will get 6-10 to wrap up another good week.
My black toenail from Superior is finally deciding to fall off, but wants to hang on for dear life. I hope it goes soon. The whole toe hurts.
I don't think I have any running gear on my Christmas list.
I guess I will just wish for World Peace.............. and the option to run a couple of ultras next year.