Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mt. Falcon Open Space - Solid

A pressed, but solid early morning run complete with mucho climbing, a sunrise and remnant fall colors.

Time: 1:46
Distance: 12 miles
Effort: Moderate
Body: Good
Weather: Sunny and Cool

Met up with Scott J. and Patrick G. at dark o'clock in the chilled lower parking lot at Mt. Falcon Open Space. Given the early morning wind and darkness, I figured both guys were cursing my out-of-nowhere request that they reschedule their planned 7 a.m. run for 6:30 a.m. (Thanks, guys.)

Things warmed up almost immediately as we started the the steepest climb of the day, which is the early section of the Turkey Trot trail. We climbed steadily, hitting the picnic shelter in something like 33:50 (my watch battery was dead). From there, we climbed up a couple of dead-end trails to pick up some additional vert, then ran up to just below the upper lot.  Here, we hung a left and ran the Parmalee trail.  Due to a day-long Mountain Area Land Trust board retreat, I had to split, leaving Scott and Patrick who still hand another 2.5 hours of running planned.

As I ran hard back down the frontside trails, I was constantly looking at my watch doing the usual mental calculations trying to figure out if I could make it to the retreat on time, given I still had to get home and shower.

I mis-calculated by about three minutes, but at least I showed up in clean clothes and sweet smelling.

Great way to start the day.

The one hang-up, though, is that yesterday I caught the second toe on my right foot on a trampoline net. Hurt like heck. Post-run, the toe was really╦ćhurting and it's now swollen and an ugly shade of purple. Wonder if I broke it...  Damn.


  1. Hope the toe heals up, good to see you out there. 3 minutes is pretty much on time in my book!

  2. GZ - I thought all the cool kids used vanilla-scented soap. Damn.

  3. Nice retort.

    I was cracking up at the ginger berry soap that was provided in the hotel last week.

  4. No pictures of the toe??

    Good to finally meet you! Let's do it again, shall we?

  5. SJ - the purple, and thus the drama, is pretty much gone. To get your runner foot problems fix, go here:

    Let's do do it again soon.