Saturday, October 21, 2006

Wow! It's been over a month since I've done any long runs on trails. It was great to get out to the Capitol forest. I was joined by Chris, DJ, and James for a run from Camp Wedekind around the 17 mile Hell's Creek loop. We started around 8:30 under sunny skies, temp about 45, perfect conditions. However, the first mile was alittle brushy, and the brush was wet. James in the lead took the brunt of it, but he stayed in his "happy place" and plowed through. The trail was gently rolling, had a good run until about half way when I turned my ankle for the second time in 2 days. Took a few minutes to shake it off, hurt mostly on the downhills. The last of 4 of 5 miles are the climb of the run. Ran most of it till my ankle hurt too much, the last mile was all downhill, which was painful but ok. Finished in 3:42, felt sore and great, with a nice view of Mt Rainier in the distance. It was good to run a long run again, especially with great company!