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Amy King ran: Got up at 2:10AM to m...

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  • 20 miles
  • 05:10 time
  • 15:25 pace
  • 1780 calories
  • 7627 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently /5 Effort.
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great I found my home 20.11 mi 05:10 15:25 pace

Got up at 2:10AM to meet friends ( Christie and Emily B. ) so we could be on the trail at 4AM. At the trail we met Otto, Ryan A., Mark and Jenny. We made up a 7 member posse who were all huge encouragers to me... Not to mentaion my running partner Shanda D. who started texting me at 2:15AM just because she woke up and was so excited for me. :)

I have run at night but not in the mountains so I needed practice with that. I love running at night and I talked to my favorite non-person, Mr. Moon. The stars were was breath taking.

We ran/hiked about a 10 miles and looped back to the car so we could refuel. I refilled my hydration pack that is only 1.5L. I had nearly emptied it and I felt a bit worried since Emily said we'd definitely need our packs full of water for the second loop. I was feeling quite worried that I'd run out of water. During the steep portions of this loop (miles 14-16ish) I made the decision that I needed to stay as hydrated as I could. I had lots more water at the car. I figured it would be better for me to run out of water than to get dehydrated early on and then bonk for the last several miles. I did get really thirsty but was just determined to get back to the car. After all that climbing I was happy to find that my last mile was an 8:50. I always tell one of my running friends that I try to keep a sub 9 in my pocket but that's on roads. I was positive I didn't have anything like that for trails.

The beauty of nature is indescribable. There were portions of this run that were through grass that was up to my shoulders. It would fold over into the trail only at the tips. Like a little grass cover for the trail. Even I wasn't short enough to run under it though. So as I ran through, I felt every piece of grass as it hit my arms and hands. I thought about how amazing it is that every year this grows without any person's doing. No one plants it, no one waters it, no one fertilizes it...well no person does but *someone* does. As the sun was rising, the dawn was beautiful. There were creeks to cross in all their cutiness. There were stink bugs. I think it's my ministry to find stink bugs. Everyone talks about snakes and other vermin that they see. I see stink bugs.

Beyond all of this, it was fantastic to spend wonderful time with people who are there to support you. I am so grateful to have friends like you all! The hook has been dug in deeper. I love nature and I love even more, running in nature! There's nothing that compares. I feel as though I've found my home!!!

Data from my garmin said:
Moving time: 4:36:09 (I kept forgetting to turn off my garmin if we'd stop)
Ave Moving pace: 13:43

I'm surprised by this since the only other two trail runs I've done are avg moving pace of 12:07 and 12:08 which is totally ironic that they are only a second apart. The runs were much easier though.

  • Ryan A.
    Ryan A.

    So proud of you. This was definitely on the hardest trails in the foothills. All the others will seem like childs play after this. Glad I could share it with you.

    about 7 years ago Like1 person

  • Amy K.
    Amy K.

    thanks ryan!!! you are a gem of a running friend thhats for sure :) I feel a bit nervous for WIFKER but knowing that I can hopefully hang with michelle some is very comforting. :)

    about 7 years ago Like1 person

  • Shanda D.
    Shanda D.

    As always... I love reading the details!! And I'm sure I've said it too many times, "I AM SO DAMN PROUD OF YOU!!!!" :)

    about 7 years ago Like1 person

  • Mike S.
    Mike S.

    Great job on the 20-miler and good luck as you train for your first 50K!

    about 7 years ago Like

  • Calvin

    This is so awesome Amy. You truly have found your home on the trails. A superb pace for a 20 mile trail run! Keep on!

    about 7 years ago Like

  • Aaron H.
    Aaron H.

    Nice going Amy!!!

    about 7 years ago Like

  • Les A.
    Les A.

    Great run Amy! I have done parts of what you did today. I have not cracked the 10 mile mark yet. I have come close a couple of times. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Great job! I love trails too!

    about 7 years ago Like

  • Christie

    Welcome home, Amy. ;)

    about 7 years ago Like

  • Kristine G.
    Kristine G. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    This is so amazing. Truly impressive!

    about 7 years ago