October 27, 2013-Spraddle Creek Road from Sandstone- 3hours

This was a solid run/hike going from my apartment up Spraddle Creek Road. I was trying to summit Bald Mountain but didnt attempt to bush wack trough woods. I saw tons of unmarked single track trails but stuck to the dirt road. The old Vail Stables are at the trail head. I was checking them out the day before and saw several pick ups with antler stickers. I was pretty prepared when I came back and even had a sweet orange vest. However, on this run I saw no one, not a person or deer. I saw some hiking boot prints and horse tracks that seemed pretty fresh. A coupe miles up the road I saw a bloody spine of most likely an elk or deer, another mile up I saw a leg and then another mile another leg. It was a little unnerving hoping I didn’t stumble upon a kill sight and a cougar having lunch. I may of saw some big prints that looked like a cougar or bear. I went up a couple miles and saw some awesome camping spots over looking vail before I turned around. The road stopped right before some aspens that are probably good skiing. It was a good adventurous run exploring somewhere I haven’t been before in my backyard.

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October 21, 2013-Vail Mountain-Git-a-long road to Mid Vail- 2hr40min

Great long run on a beautiful day with rooster. The service roads were a little muddy in spots but not too bad. I wore my new pearl Izumi arm warmers which were perfect. They keep my arms warm without wearing a bulky long sleeve thermal and overheating. The mountains north of I-70 are starting to look shredable. I’m kind of trying to relax and enjoy an “off season” but it was just too nice out and a longish run felt great. Rooster was caked with mud and got a good bath after.

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October 15, 2013-Red Sandstone Road/Son of Middle Creek Trail- 1hr40mins

This past week I’ve done a couple 40min-hour runs but nothing worth really blogging about. Yesteray i went back on red sandstone road with rooster and got a couple good pictures of the snow and leaves. Today I met up with a new running partner named Brian to explore a new trail. We went back on Red Sandstone to son of middle creek trail which I never ran before. We were breaking fresh snow and went through some really nice sections of pine and aspen.

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October 7, 2013-AM Meadow Mountain hike with Madison/ PM- North Trail Son of Middle Creek section-1hr30min beast mode run 6ish miles

Had a good morning off with Madison and Rooster and went and hiked up Meadow Mountain in Minturn to a old cabin. Ive been wanting to check this out as I’ve heard its a great place to run and backcountry ski. I am stoked to come back with my splitboard, its actually an old abandoned ski area. After we went to our new favorite spot in Minturn the Turn Table for some bomb breakfast burritos. After a couple hours of lounging it was time for a run. I love being able to leave my apartment and having a hard time deciding what trail to crush. What trail didn’t matter cause rooster and I are always just stoked to be out there in the woods. We picked the Son of middle creek section of the north trail going from sandstone neighborhood through about 3.5 miles of single track over past middle creek apartments and the highway exit by vail village. Its a mile or two of dirt road and bike path going to and from trailheads. It’s an awesome up and down with good views of the mountain. I felt really strong and floated over the trails with ease. We saw deer around every corner and he leaves are still poppin!

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October 5, 2013-North Trail Red Sandstone Loop- 1hour

Another great after work run on my “backyard loop”. Its 3 miles of pristine single track through Red Sandstone Cliffs, Aspen Groves, Streams and Views of the Gore, Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek, and Mount of the Holy Cross. Then another mile or so on the roads back to my apartment from the next Trailhead. (There are 5 access points for the North Trail with 4 different sections ranging from 1 mile to 4). The recent snow is sticking around and the leaves are still yellow. It was a little cold out and I was happy I made the decesion to wear running tights with some shorts over them. I also wore a thicker Patagonia Fleece. I wore this “Alaska Army National Guard” Trucker Hat I scored from the Minturn Rummage Sale which is super comfy and I like wearing it running for some reason. There were a couple sections I could have used a winter hat or Buff and possibly some gloves. Some sections of the trail were muddy but over all I felt really strong and have just been riding this wave of runners high since my race a week ago. I know winter and deep snow will be here soon I am trying to get as much time possible out on the trails right now.

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