I'm still trying to do a monthly race now. I think I can manage. Might have to ask for help here and there, or might just have to sacrifice for other things (re: Norway).
But this one was good. I actually was not super excited about it the way I get with other races. I'm not sure if it was because it was so short and I didn't feel intimidated? Or too intimidated considering it was at 10,000ft elevation with 1200ft gain? I still have trouble visualizing what some of those climbs look like, so it's hard to prepare. When I do them, it usually ends up being easier than I forethought, which is a good thing. Rue the day a race ends up being a lot harder than I imagined!!
I was racking my brain trying to find a good trail for 14 miles, something I could do reasonably and still be god training and yet be done before checkout at 10am. We were staying with Jake's parents at their timeshare on Peak 7 called Grand Lodge. The weekend worked out perfectly for this race (unknowingly at the time of sign-up) and we ended up having a great mini vacation because of it.
Finally at the last minute, I found information on a trail that actually STARTED on Peak 7 and ended up being viewable from our room window! What a coincidence! The best part too, was that it only had a total vertical gain of 768ft, so I knew I could do it fast enough. What I didn't know, was that it would still be rolling hills and according to Strava, I still ended up climbing a total of 4000ft. What was amazing, was that my run time was roughly the same as my half marathon in Ft Collins last August, but here I am doing it at 10,000ft altitude instead of 6,000 and I gained more than double the feet in total climb. I think that's something to brag about too! Especially having just ran a pretty good 10k the night before!
Overall, very successful weekend. I'm excited to do more this weekend and in about 2 weeks I get a full week break!