I wish it didn’t have to end so soon. I should have pics up soon. So for now, heres a pic of the what the view looked like almost to the top of the MT.

Friday was fine – I basically cleaned my room at my moms, headed home, played some video games, then Cor and I fell asleep around midnight. We both had to get up very early the next day. I had to get my oil changed and my break light fixed and Cor had to help move a friend. I did a few errands with my mom, and then I headed to try out my Camelbak on the trails.

I knew I wasn’t going to be flying through the trails, especially since my shins were already sore from god knows what, and I felt like shit. But I still geared up.

SATURDAY – TRAIL RUN

Time: 1.09:08 hours
Distance: 4.46 miles
Cals: 709
Max HR: 190
Avg HR:158 bpm

Thoughts: My shins definitely did not like me. They werent too bad. But I pressed on and they eventually faded away after stopping a couple times and stretching. The way back was actually much fast in time. I went from 15 minutes a mile to 11:24. I got this new app called Run Keeper. Coupled with GPS and my HR monitor, it pretty much keeps all the data together. It even plays certain playlists. It also lets me know every 5 minutes the time total time, distance and average mile time. During my run, I started to explore other paths and ran across an adult fox. He just looked at me and bolted the other way, but it was amazing watching him run!

 

 

SUNDAY – HIKING MT. CHOCORUA

Time: 6 hours, 11 seconds
Distance: 9.5 miles
Elevation: 3800 feet

Cals: 2181
Max Hr: 190
Avg Hr: 116

Thoughts: What an amazing time. I forgot how difficult the elevation change is though. The first 0.5 mile is even terrain, then you hit “stairs”. From there, you climb up two sets of stairs, about a 30% incline the whole way. Finally you level out, hit three bridges, and continue to climb.

I think the hardest part was the continuous stone “steps”. Hopefully I can update this post with some pictures to give you guys an idea of the incline. We stopped a lot, sometimes because we were tired – others because we were laughing too much, and one time we stopped for a good 15 minute because Corey was feeding a chipmunk. The thing was running around us, and finally into Corey’s hand to grab peanuts. It was very cool.

We hit the 3/4 way marker – about 3 miles up. We sat on the ledge and just couldn’t believe the foliage – absolutely beautiful. We stopped for a good 10-15 minutes to refuel and stretch. The rest of the 1.5 miles was a good climb..I mean actually climb.

It leveled off for a bit, then we hit the summit – where you had to finish the top by climbing the large rock formations, all the way to the top.

It was fucking cold though, and I’m glad I brought all my cold gear. The sun was gone though – and it was overcast – but it didn’t take away from the crazy view. We ate our lunch, took some photos and then fucking high tailed it down the mountain. I think it only took us about an 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to the bottom. My quads are hating me this morning!

The guys and I hung around at my camp last night, watched football and fell asleep early. We had a 3:40am wake up to head back to mass so I can go to work. Corey, my amazing boyfriend, drove us almost 2 hours home while I slept.

We got back to the house, said our goodbyes, I ran in the house, changed, made sure I at least looked semi-decent and ran out. I still had to get gas and a large coffee. Traffic was fine, actually very minimal since it’s a holiday today.

But here I am, at work, wishing I was home snuggled up to my guy. I am going to do a review of the Camelbak for both trail running and hiking! Should be done this afternoon.

Great weekend, today is my day off from training. I have a lot of stuff to catch up on – food shopping, cleaning, organizing, making lunches, etc to get ready for the week. Back to the grind!

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