Distance: 15.25 miles
Weather: Sunny and warm
With a 5:30 a.m. Saturday meet-up time, Steve, Lori, Maura and I were running up the Buck Gulch Trail at JeffCo's Pine Valley Ranch just a bit after 6 a.m. Once we started climbing up out of the Platte Valley, the temps started climbing into perfect running temp territory.
Unfortunately, Steve was not feeling well, so he turned around to catch a cat nap back at the car to see if he could pull things together and still get in some decent miles (he did). The three of us quickly made time/distance plans and I set off solo running ahead at a bit quicker pace.
The plan was to run about 2:20 and meet back at the cars and decide then what to do next.
I headed up Buck Gulch to Skipper, then hopped on Homestead to Miller Gulch, a two track. I ran Miller Gulch over to the second Gashouse Gulch connector and made a small 1.5 mile loop, popping back on Miller Gulch at the first Gashouse turn-off. I continued cruising down Miller Gulch, a really nice, rolling, soft-surfaced old logging road, to the junction with the Homestead Trail. I hung a left and ran Homestead back to the Strawberry Jack Trail and ran that back to Pine Valley Ranch.
|The Miller Gulch/Homestead Trails junction.|
|The Homestead Trail passes right through a couple really cool rock formations.|
So, Maura and I headed back to Evergreen and Steve and Lori headed out to catch a few more miles.
I really like running in the Buffalo Creek Area. It's easy to string together runs of 15 - 50 miles. And, the trails are all runnable, soft-surfaced and scenic. Tough to go wrong.
1,981 feet o' elevation gain.
On Sunday, I was flummoxed by the ferocious wind that was blowing all day. It started about 3 a.m. and never relented. I managed a one-mile walk with the dog in the morning and another in the late afternoon, but was so chastened by the conditions, I bagged running for the day. Thought about a quick trip to the rec center for a treadmill run, but I was mentally shut down. All the injury crap of late was getting to me. Just tired of aching. I really have no acute, can't-run-on-it pain. Just a bunch of background discomfort...just enough to zap energy and mental fortitude and make me wonder when in the hell will I feel like running hard again.
Good thing there's IPA, or IBA - India Black Ale.
The latest find:
This gem of an IBA is from Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Good to know there's good beer coming out of Milwaukee. Perfect combo of hoppy bite and the smoothness of a mild porter. Good stuff.