Piño Trail up and back.

Happy weekend folks!

Quick update to report a successful long run today. It has been a few years since I ran all the way up to the ridge in the Piño Trail here in the ABQ foothills. A running acquaintance I know just did and up and down which promoted me to try it again.

I am currently trying to stick to a schedule where even on the weekend (Saturday) I will get up at 4 to start my long run early. That way I can spend a few hours running and still be home before noon. I get more family time.

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I was out the door just before 5 this morning. It was cool and clear. The moon was a thin crescent just above the mountains as I set trundled towards them. I made a new friend along the way (vinegaroon or whip scorpion) and after viewing the lights of the city below watched the sun color the sky above the mountains.

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It’s been a couple years but I don’t remember the trail feeling this hard. Part of it was running much of it in the dark which makes every trail run an adventure. There were a couple moments where I was spooked by noises in the trees but I attribute that to my current read which involves jungle exploration and poisonous snakes and jaguars. None of that here. Only bears, mountain lions and rattlesnakes.

No worries.

It took 2 hours to reach the ridge from my door. Not too bad for 7.8 miles up a mountain. Lots of sweat though. I took a short break to eat and drink and head back down.

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Very green up top!
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North-western view from the ridge.
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East towards the sun and some rain.
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Yes this is New Mexico foliage.
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Sandia Mountains northern arm.

Long run today ended up at 16 miles in 3 hrs 30 minutes. Lots of work but it felt good to be on my feet and see the sights.

It is all training and joy anyway is it not?

I pray you had a wonderful weekend. What did you do outside?

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