Today Coach Nikon and I ran from Forresthill elementary school to drivers flat for a total of 18 miles or so. This run was little tricky because we both had to drive and since it was a point to point we had to leave one car at drivers flat and than car pool up to the school. Our meet up time was 7 a.m. I arrived at the starbucks just before the Forrest hill bridge and parked between a truck and a car. I was 20 min. early so as I was getting settled to rest a bit when I noticed that this guy was standing at my window. It was Coach Nikon I had parked next to his truck and didn't even realize it. He got a kick out of that. Off we went up the hill to drop my car off. We ended up getting to the school and started running about 7:20 in the morning. It was a good thing we did because it felt like it was going to be warmer than the day before. Before we started I took in a GU, I didn't want to make the same mistake I made yesterday by not eating enough and I also drank water the day before all day so I would be well hydrated.
He is way out in front
Enjoying the view!
Ruck A Chucky 12.2
Me climbing the 6 min. hill.
Coach Nikon killing me on the hill. He Rocks!
Just around the corner.But the next 4.9 miiles were pretty much all down hill with a ton of switch backs. My quads were still holding up, but I could notice them during this part. At one point once I had reached the bottom the river is probably 5-10 ft away and it is just teasing me. We had to run through some high weeds that hide the trail from us and also we had to try to avoid the weeds that were sharp. Both of our legs were itchying like crazy after running through them.
Coach Nikon in the lead, I can hardly see him!
We started to run up on a fire road, really once again running up away from the river, this is never going to end. Coach Nikon pointed out to me where Ruck A Chucky was and it seemed like it was soooo far away. Maybe 2 miles.
The rapids in the distance!
What we already ran through!
After running up and down on the fire road we had finally arrived at Ruck A Chuck and not a moment to soon. I was burning up and I was also just about out of water. Good thing we only had 3 miles left.
Heading to Ruck A Chucky
Coach Nikon cooling off
Me I finally made it!
I really am Happy
Once we were both done cooling off in the water it was time to start the long climb out. I don't know which was worse AR50 dam road or this. This hill/road never ended. I was out of water by now.
Just keep hiking
Finally we had hiked/run and found the gravel road. Yeah!!! Not really, we still had to hike the gravel road out which was up still.
Almost there, right?
Victory was near, the gravel road turned into a paved road and we could see the car on the way on the other side.
Caution! Butt Ahead!!!
How wrong, I can see the car but it is a way's away!
We did it. Overall the run had everything I needed for a great training run. Hills, descents, heat, lizards, everything. It was a great run and I am so glad that I was able to enjoy it with Coach Nikon.
Check out the elevation
Elevation Gain: 3,222 ft
Elevation Loss: 4,650 ft
Min Elevation: 723 ft
Max Elevation: 3,281 ft