Day 44 – Moab Day 2

A weekend camping + Daylight savings change + 6 AM run + 10.5 hour work day = glass of wine with dinner

Yesterday was tough! But I made it. Managed to do both commutes in the dark :(. Lucky past me had put chicken in the Crockpot earlier in the morning so dinner was a breeze. If I’m feeling really lazy I just pour a jar of Trader Joe’s salsa verde over some chicken thighs and let it do its thing.

Today is a rest day which I was pretty happy about when I looked outside and saw that winter had made a brief return. I made it to the gym and did some strength training. Honestly, I wasn’t feeling it this morning – everything felt a little harder and I managed a grand total of zero pull-ups and 21 push-ups. Not getting closer to my goal. Oh well……..

March mileage: 39.45 miles/63.5 KM

Back to my second day in Moab. I had hoped to get a long run in while I was camping – 9ish miles was on the schedule and after a bit of researching I found a perfect loop in Deadhorse State Park.


This is a newish trail system with a 9 mile Big Chief loop that is designed for novice mountain bikers (so not too technical and not too much elevation). For the first time in forever I decided to bring my phone with me as I had a feeling this would have some amazing views.


The trail starts by following the cliff rim overlooking the Colorado river.


I think this was Pyramid Canyon overlook.


The first half was over a lot of slickrock with a few short climbs.


This was the final overlook – looking at the La Sal mountains.


The second half was mostly dirt road – less technical and a lot easier to run on.

I did my post run stretches looking at this view.


Not bad. The only downside was that the loop was only 8.4 miles so I had to run some asphalt to get my distance in. Great morning and great place to run.


Day 43 – Over half way through! + Moab Day One

So far I’ve completed 6 weeks of my half marathon training plan. Half way through and feeling good although the mileage should start to ramp up in the next couple of weeks. Plus I have my first race of the year this Saturday.

Our clocks went forward on Saturday night which meant that I’m back to running in the dark :(. I was just starting to get used to seeing the sunrise as I finished my morning run. Oh well. I guess I’ll need my headlamp and reflective vest for a little longer. It was pretty hard to get out of bed after a weekend full of camping and not-so healthy foods but I managed. I did a 4.61 mile recovery run and felt pretty good. I have misplaced (hopefully not lost) my connector to upload my Garmin data so I won’t be sure of my paces until it turns up again. I think it was around 9.00ish min/mile.

Back to my weekend in Moab. We drove from SLC on Friday evening (about 4 hours) and arrived to a dark and very windy campsite. We braved it for a little but headed to bed pretty early. But the next morning we woke to blue sky and sunshine (still a little chilly).


Our campsite – on a plateau overlooking Long Canyon.


Our first adventure of the day was to drive down through the canyon on a steep off-roady-type trail to the start of our first hike of the day.


That’s the road in the front right heading down to Long Canyon and looking over the snow-capped La Sal mountains.

Our first hike was to Corona Arch about 2.2 mile round trip mostly over slick rock.



Southern Utah sure is pretty.

We ate lunch by the Colorado river.


After lunch we did hike no. 2 of the day – Fischers Towers about 4.6 mile roundtrip.




We headed back to camp to cook up some chilli and cobbler in the Dutch ovens before hanging out by our campfire for the night.

March mileage: 39.45 miles/63.5 KM