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.

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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.

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

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I think this was Pyramid Canyon overlook.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Our campsite – on a plateau overlooking Long Canyon.

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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.

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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.

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Southern Utah sure is pretty.

We ate lunch by the Colorado river.

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

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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