I decided we should run from the Fort Boise parking lot, up Shaw Mtn Road, then up Rocky Canyon as far as the conditions allowed. Then, we could pop onto Orchard Gulch trail where it meets with 5 Mile Gulch Trail. This would then come out part ways down Rocky Canyon and we could run the road out. "It may end up closer to 17 or so, but who cares!" I said with enthusiasm. I always feel invincible when I plan runs at home in my sweats!
So, we are off!!
Aside from the fact that people tend to give you a dirty look and don't like to get out of the way, the run from the parking lot up Shaw Mtn road was pretty uneventful. We ran pretty good up Rocky Canyon. I am feeling prepared and really excited for Robie!
We did not make it to the Summit today. We did hit some snow and ice, but nothing impassable. At the point a half mile from the summit when it gets really steep, it was too icy.
This is a view from where we stopped.
Jodi running on the snow and ice. We wore only trail shoes, yak trax weren't needed.
Here is where we should have turned around and just done the road down and called it good. But NO! I wanted to try a new trail today! So we ran back down the road to the Orchard Gulch Trail head #7.
Here is how the trail looked at the head.
One mile and four deer later, we stopped. The trail ahead was still climbing and staying quite snowy. This loop could possibly be a total of 5 miles! We agreed it was wiser to go back down. This trail would be reserved for another day, a dryer day, a non snowy day. But the view was INCREDIBLE up there!
So down we go and ARGH! It is harder to run down a snowy trail than it is to run UP! Who would have guessed! WATCH YOUR STEP!!
This was to be the 15 miler that felt like 20! I could feel tightness in every part of my legs. It felt like someone hit my calves with two by fours! "Worst run ever!" I said. But then Michele reminded me that when the endorphins kick in later I will be saying "Best run ever!" She was right of course!
We wore our new bracelets (thank you Michele) that declare our true running spirit. It is hard to read in the picture but they say "TRAIL MADNESS" and they are never taken off. (ahem Michele)
So 15.5 long miles later we are at the car, stretching and laughing about how stupid we are but at the same time how much fun we had. I am happy to say that some ice cold dark chocolate milk and a Jimmy Johns sub later, I felt like a million bucks!
One last thing. I am a pretty competitive person. I learned today the Michele burns more calories than me when we run. That doesn't seem right since I run just as hard! I guess the only solution is to put in ten pounds so I can burn more calories and beat her at that!!!