Chasing the snow line: weekly rundown

This week I more or less started Ridge Run training. The race is 11 weeks from Saturday, and I need all those weeks. I have a (very) rough outline for training, which I’m planning to post Wednesday hopefully. Here’s what “week 0” looked like.


3.1 road miles with Kara.


Lower body strength workout. I got a day pass to try the YMCA because the campus gym is still in temporary facilities and I’m not sure it’s worth it to pay the summer fee. Well…the Y is a big building, but the actual gym area is tiny. I guess the Y is mostly for kids’ activities? So, I haven’t decided what I’m doing for strength workouts for the summer.


3 road miles.


3.1 trail miles with Kara. She was really tired today for some reason – we actually walked most of the last mile.


Upper body strength workout.


7.25 trail miles. I planned to go all the way to the summit of Baldy today. But, uh, you can still see the snow on the ridgeline from my house, so I’m not sure why I thought it would be clear.

I probably would have kept going if I had brought my spikes. This is less than a mile from the summit, so maybe it will all be clear next time? Then I got caught in an onslaught of graupel for about 10 minutes on the way down, so that was fun.

And by fun I mean painful, and my fingers were numb for the next half hour.

And then a few minutes later the sky was pretending it never stormed.

Weekly total: 16.5 miles, 3,740 ft elevation.

Linking up for the Weekly Run Down with Kim and Deborah

13 Comment

  1. Wow so cool that there is still snow up there! Sounds like some intense training is headed your way! Thanks for linking up

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      In some places it will stick around for a lot longer!

  2. Jessie says: Reply

    I’ve heard the Ridge Run is amazing, so jealous you are doing it! Can’t wait to see the pictures.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I’m excited!

  3. Wendy says: Reply

    Those are some challenging conditions! I know you expect to have snow in the mountains, but still…how soon would you expect the trails to be clear?

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      This trail is pretty much clear now, but some trails have snow well into July.

  4. Well, I feel like a spoiled brat complaining about rain when you still have snow LOL I guess it’s all relative to our respective regions, but still. Congrats on the great week, and staying so active! Thanks for linking with us, Hannah!!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      It was rain at home…the snow is up at 8,000-something feet.

  5. Coco says: Reply

    Wow, that looks challenging but gorgeous. Bummer on the gym situation. I hope you figure out a good compromise.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      No one seems to know what is going on with the campus gym, so we’ll see.

  6. Kim G says: Reply

    I love that there is still snow up there – this cold weather lover appreciates it, lol.
    Sorry to hear about the gym situation. It tough to find one that will work for you. In the meantime, could you purchase some free weights and do strength workouts at home this summer? There are so many great (and free) workouts you can find online.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I do have free weights at home, I just really like having access to barbells (and I’d love to have that at home, just nowhere to put it!)

  7. What beautiful places to run!! I have spikes for my shoes but didn’t even get to wear them this past winter. I enjoy a snowy winter (unlike some of the other residents of Ohio!) so I was a bit bummed that we didn’t get much snow.

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