How to Train Hard with Family Along: Weekend Back to Back Hikes / Interval Trail Run

Friday and Saturday yielded wonderful company on back to back afternoon family hikes above 10,000 feet. The trail was Herman Gulch trail. This trail starts at 10,332 feet and gains 1,655 feet in 3.25 miles to a high cirque lake at about 12,000 feet elevation. Friday we went about half way and back, totaling a little over 3 miles at the late hour. The steepest gain is in the first mile.

Saturday our family hike went further, about 3/4 way, with me running intervals, sprint intervals, and incline sprints then hiking back to the family and repeating. That is the way to work in more arduous speed-endurance when you have a crowd with mixed stamina levels along. I was able to sprint ahead, hike back down to my betters, then run back up again in repeat heats. It was humbling for me, and someone special got inspired and started joining in, taking the lead higher up! I was stoked by that I have to tell you. What a gem.

Whatever cold bug of seasons’ change we’d picked up during the week hit us after the exertion of Saturday’s hike, and for me, the trail running intervals. The running intervals were on a 40 degree slope and were at maximum sprint speed until I couldn’t do it anymore. Hiked the rest.

Photos share the vistas along the way. The Fall colors are fast emerging in the September Rockies, even in the mushrooms! Soon, I’ll have my Canon serviced and I’ll stop pushing these phone photos on you!photo(35) photo(34) photo(33) photo(32) photo(31) photo(30) photo(29)photo(36)

Raindrops in Fall, Running Down Trails

rainy pathways through October

Joy in running on a multi-dimensional training day…

On an interval run this morning, I took the time to enjoy Fall. The cloud over me started with drizzle droplets, making full raindrop by mid run. The tip-tap-tip on the giant elms’ leaves turned to pip-pap-zip, coasting on cattail leaves and spattering across the lake.

Fast intervals took relief from the cool-surround of 55 Fahrenheit.

The natural dance all around asks, ‘why not a second training evolution later?’ Strength conditioning to balance out and fit into the weekend schedule at a level I can tailor to my people priorities.

I’m thankful for the gift of reasonable health that I can do this. So fundamental a gift is this, I feel indebted. It’s a gratitude quietly urging action to aid others who may need it. This just happens. It’s no ideology. The hues of joy are imbued with the properties of sharing goodness. Such joy is available in a consistent training life.

The tie-in inspiration flows out to multiple dimensions of this shared life with people. Training does more for us than words can describe. It isn’t only about fitness. That is one of the welcome by-products. Life is more wondrous than we expected.