I ran six on the East Boulder Trail this morning. This is a 2015 photo from my media library. The sky today had nowhere near that visibility. Good thing the hills are always epic on that run, because there was no view. I read later that the smoke is pouring into Boulder County from Montana and elsewhere in the Northwest, and some is from a 600 acre fire near Steamboat Springs in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area. Right where I went hiking a few weeks ago.
I’m hoping for a big weekend of running. Can’t recall the last time I strung together more than two runs in a row. The three day weekend gives me a chance. Keith talked Thursday night about running sixteen on Magnolia Sunday. More than double today’s distance and three thousand feet higher in elevation. That will make today a warmup.
Tomorrow will be hot. The smoke is expected to linger through the weekend too. Not ideal running conditions, but I feel like I need a good start on training to run Trailfest in October. I won’t be racing, I plan to mostly shuffle along, but I need to be fit enough to do that three days in a row for a total of nearly forty miles. I can tell just from running the hills of East Boulder Trail without walking that I’m in decent shape still. I’ll be ready.