I am still around, diligently training for the Javelina Jundred in October. It is 35 days until the race, so it’s really go time right now.
As you’ve probably noticed, I changed my blog name! This has been a long time coming. I really wanted to refocus the blog on my mountain adventures and ultramarathons and since I do run in the Wasatch, I thought it was a fitting name. The Wasatch is my home and even when I am not actively running in them, they are there reminding me of why I love Salt Lake City so much.
Training for Javelina has been hard. Utah is still hot and I’ve lacked the mental focus it takes to get through the final stretch to the training. Luckily I’ve been healthy and without injury, but my confidence and mental strength has really taken a hit over the last few weeks. It’s hard to feel the never-ending task of training. I do find that the miles get easier, but my long runs just keep getting longer.
Earlier this week, I was feeling a little burnt out, so Frank and I went on a short hike in Mill Creek Canyon. The leaves have been changing and I needed to check out fall while it lasts.
We started at the Mt. Aire Trailhead at Elbowfork in Millcreek and took the Lamb’s Canyon Trail to pass (affectionately known as Bare Ass Pass).
The trail meanders through the woods on a south facing slope. It’s pretty steep and gave us about 1,400 feet of gain.
Normally wildlife is pretty scarce in the Wasatch, but we did manage to see a couple of grouse running down the trail.
Overall it was a 3.3 mile hike and only took us about 1:20 minutes to do.
What do you do when you just don’t feel like running?