Last Thursday, I left little Sisters, OR for road trip. So far, it's turning out to be pretty darn epic.
It started in Pocatello, ID, for the first-ever running of the Pocatello 50 miler. Epic, incredible, awesome course! 51.8 miles, 13,680' of climbing and descending, very rugged, super-fun glissade. I figured going sub-10 would be a good day on the trails. I was right. I pushed hard the last 5 miles to slide in at 9:59:28. I recommended to rd's Jared and Ryan that they bid for the USATF 50 mile National Trail Championship...it's that kind of course.
After Pocy, Powell and I headed south to Bryce Canyon NP for a sweet 9ish miler in the canyon. Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and we saw exactly zero people in the canyon. Crazy, kinda sad, kinda awesome.
Next stop, Grand Canyon. We got there on Monday afternoon, ran a short 5er on the Rim Trail before heading to bed eagerly anticipating Tuesday's run. Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim. Down South Kaibab, up North Kaibab, down North Kaibab, up Bright Angel. 45 miles + 11,000' vertical + 11:44 + a cool friend to run with = completely epic. This should be a definite must-run on any self-respecting trail and/or ultrarunner's list. WOW!
Next up - headed north through Death Valley, possibly Yosemite and Tahoe, but really on to the WS course for a little course-specific training. Anyone gonna be on that trail this Sunday, Monday, Tuesday? Give me a call, as I would love to run with somebody and arrange some car shuttles. (541) 549-1298
Running lots + eating lots + sleeping hard = a very happy Sean!!