Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thursday, 01/26/12 Boulder Creek Path/Sanitas Valley Baby Jogger Run/Hike

9.02 miles/952 vert./9:49 pace/142 avg. HR  Garmin Data
(pace was skewed a bit by the two miles at 11:29 and 19:32, basically steep uphill running or hiking)

Today was nice and warm (high 50's, low 60's?), but better yet, it was absolutely calm while we were out, so this was quite the treat.

Parked at Scott Carpenter Park (thinking since the pool was closed, the lot would be empty, but was quite surprised that I got the last spot....  could not figure out why?), then ran an errand over near 28th and Canyon.  From there, we headed over to Folsom, to the creek path and then eventually worked our way over to Sanitas Valley.  Was able to maintain a run with the jogger to the top of the smooth dirt road portion of the trail (not steep when I run solo, but steep to run while pushing 75-80lbs).  At the end, even though the trail transitioned to semi technical single track, I decided to keep heading up and see how far I could get.  It was not easy, but I was able to heave the jogger up a ways and negotiate my way over the log steps and around rocks, but I soon was stopped by some larger rock steps and forward progress seemed futile.

Carefully headed back down (this is where I really appreciate having brakes) and then took a little side trail over toward the old quarry where we stopped to have a snack and enjoy the warm sunshine.

The trip back to the car was quick and enjoyable, it being pretty much all downhill helped a lot.  Once back to Scott Carpenter Park, I released the girls to run around on the grass and we had fun chasing each other around for a bit (they are getting faster by the day).

This was as high as we got, as the East Ridge Trail got a bit too rugged

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