On Saturday Jaime and I did a 15.5 mile run together, which put me at a total of 41 miles for the week. This was the longest run and the highest weekly mileage I’ve done since before breaking my arm, and for the past week I’ve really felt like my old self again–strong legs, lots of energy, capable of running all day. It’s a welcome feeling after spending the previous few weeks struggling through runs that once would have been a breeze!
For Saturday’s long run, we did a loop around Perry Mountain, which is one of the more challenging routes around here, and for the first time in my life I ran all the way up the mountain without stopping! I’ve never even tried to run all the way up before because it’s about a mile straight uphill, but I was feeling really good on Saturday and wanted to test my fitness, so I decided to give it a shot. I think I passed that test with flying colors!
On top of being a really encouraging run, it was also spectacularly beautiful with a dusting of fresh snow and lots of blue sky and bright sunlight (something we don’t see nearly enough of here in the winter)!
Our route started out with about 6 miles of gradual ascent as we head from my house towards Perry Mountain. A lot of the route to and from the mountain is on dirt roads, but there is one really nice section of trail along the way that winds through a beautiful hemlock forest.
This is one of my favorite trails, and I run here at least once a week. I especially love the sections that parallel the stream.
Once we got to Perry Mountain, there’s a 3.5 mile loop that goes straight up to the peak, then down one side, around the back and up the other side.
By the time we got to the top, the sky had clouded over, but it was still a spectacular view!
We were cheered by the sun again as we were heading back up the other side of the mountain, and then we had a nice long descent all the way home. I’ll admit I was pretty tired after this run, but it felt good to push myself hard, and I was very encouraged to be able to do something that I’ve never done before, even when I’ve been at my best!