Weather: Sunny and warm
Dashed out at the end of the day with dog in tow for a run around the upper loop at Bergen Peak, part of the Elk Meadow Open Space. I enjoyed being out in the spring-like temps, but the run was a tough one.
My lower back has been barking at me this week. Despite a two-hour session of Thai and traditional massage last night, things hadn't improved much this morning. I hoped a run would shake things out, or at least not make things worse.
Things were fine (but slow) on the ups, but on the downs, I caught a toe on a rock, which thrust me forward and tweaked my already tweaked back...right where the lower back meets the pelvis on the left side. I didn't go down, but whatever was tweaked was pushed further. Not good.
Still, it was good to be out. Maya certainly thought so. She made good use of the remaining snow banks.
A few pics from the run.
|Heading up the Bergen Peak Trai|
|View of the Mt. Evans group from the Bergen Peak Trail|
|Another snow bank at the top of the upper ridge off the Bergen Peak Trail|
|Pikes Peak from the Too Long Trail|
|Yet another snow bank.|
|Looking down toward Elk Meadow from the Too Long Trail|
|A lot of elk were grazing in Elk Meadow this afternoon.|
Also, I signed up today for August's Pikes Peak Marathon. Decided to skip the Ascent this year. I put my projected finish time as 4:50. I ran a 5:11 last year the day after running the Ascent. I had a poor ascent during the marathon, hitting the summit a good 22 minutes slower than the day before.
1,635 feet o' elevation gain.