The trail up Venable is relentless. It starts going up the moment you leave the parking lot and it doesn't let up until you are six miles and top out at 12,800 after traversing the Phantom Terrace. Phantom terrace did two things to me on Saturday. It reminded me that I am still not comfortable with long drops and exposure anymore and after going across it twice I was dead certain I didn't have the balls for a third crossing.
The trail meanders a bit on the west side of the Sangre range before dropping down east again past Comanche Lake. Running the loop in a counterclockwise direction seems to be the best choice just by the nature of the trails. Comanche smooths out towards the bottom and is more runnable than the Venable side either up or down.
After two loops I was done. After adding another hour or so on top of all of that up Venable and down I was REALLY DONE!
|Saturday's fun squiggly lines.|
It was hot. Everything felt shot. I just mentally coaxed myself through the first five miles telling myself if I could do that then I could make the next fifteen or so. In the end it wasn't a bad run. From a strength standpoint it was an awesome run since it was packed on top of the fatigue and every thing else from Saturday. It was also super-sweet knowing that I had today (Monday) as a rest day.
|It was all worth it to be able to look at this scenery all day on Saturday. Definitely worth it.|