Today was an easy day. Psyche!! Physically it might have been the toughest, or at least it should have been, lots of climbing climbing climbing. But WOW it was incredibly beautiful and the views made me forget the ascents. I think it was my favorite run so far. I can’t even think of how to explain the feeling, running through the mountains, reaching a place called ‘Top of the World’ , looking down on everything. Looking back and seeing how much ground you’ve covered by yourself, on your own two feet. Sprinting through a narrow tunnel carved through the mountain. Starting the day in the rain, looking up and realizing that those peaks are where you’re headed. Running into hail at the top. Seeing a spot in the distance and trying to estimate the mileage and the time you’ll reach it.
Wow, wow, and wow. After today I think I have a new level of expectations for myself. A new understanding of what’s possible, even when people tell you it’s not.
This sounds really silly, but the best comparison I can think of is when I used to play Donkey Kong and I’d reach some new secret level and find all these new obstacles. Except this was real life and the obstacles were beautiful, challenging, surprising. Incredible.
The whole time I kept thinking that the route was a perfect marathon just waiting to be organized. It’s got elevation gains, losses, switchbacks, amazing views, old towns, bridges, tunnels, canyons, valleys. Maybe after all this I can convince the towns of Superior and Globe to help me organize a race there- definitely would need some roads shut down!
Check out the pictures- I took 35 just today but they hardly do the run justice.