This was an epic day, just the kick butt 5000 or so elevation gain and 5 K loss, warm day, and my first trail marathon. This was a fantastic trail starting at North Fork Park in Liberty and ending in Eden park, 95% or more on single track trail going up near Ben Lomond Peak then to the top of North Ogden divide then up the Butt Kicking Lewis Peak. Kudos to Bryce and anyone else that can stay running on this trail. Very steep and highish elevation. Really beautiful views both on the Huntsville valley and Ogden sides along this whole run.
Splits for those interested.
15:33, 15:21, 15:55, 15:01, 13:12, 15:06 These first 6 are mostly mix of power hike and run up switchbacks. Could have run more if this was a shorter race, but not anticipating what lay ahead.
10:26, 9:19, 8:00, 7:33, 7:28, 7:41 These 6 are along the summit and then down to the top of the divide road. Did a Superman dive into the dirt around mile 10. Awesome. Felt great overall here.
11:12, 23:08, 17:59, 11:59 Climbing Lewis Peak, laughing and cursing at the same time when I crested the first "Peak" only to see it was kind of a falsie and saw the real peak up ahead. Felt slow but steady through here.
8:11, 8:11, 9:08, 9:23, 8:08, 8:20 Descent down to Pineview...beautiful trail again. Felt body getting a bit tight and tired and hot.
10:01, 10:19, 11:47, 10:25 wheels coming off though this endless march through high heat, back wrenching, rollers, limped home with a mixture of walk then run then walk then swearing episode. Fun 3 Gu day overall.
Thanks to Mozzer for his run with me for the first 10 or so until his ankle got tweaked, then got bit by some creature, but held on for the finish when the body was calling it quits.
Nice half marathon for the Hairdog, and Thanks to Oreo for driving us up and supporting at the mile 22 station. This may be my last run. Ha Ha