I'm getting way behind on these outdoor adventure posts, so this one is long overdue again, but here are some highlights from June!
Utah Valley Marathon. This was one of my major races this year and I was so happy with the outcome. A goal of mine has been to run a sub 4 hour marathon and I finally did it! Fourth time's a charm, haha. Read the full recap here.
Local Salt Lake City Trails. After completing the Utah Valley marathon, it was time to refocus on the next big goal and that's my 50K coming up in fall. I've been semi-neglecting road running as of late because my true love is in the mountains so I've been loving being out on the trails more (fun fact: I've already done more total elevation this year than I did in all of 2017 combined! How crazy!). Some of my favorite trails to run are the ones that are close to home. Every time I run them, I get something new out of it and appreciate the unique experience of each individual run. The photo above is from Dry Creek to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
Black Mountain. Geof and I ventured out to Black Mountain to help familiarize him with the course for Wahsatch Steeplechase, a tough 17-mile race that goes from the Bonneville Shoreline trail above the city, past Twin Peaks to Black Mountain (and then back down through Smugglers Gap and City Creek Canyon). We did a shortened version of the course (turned it into an out-and-back) but it was still a tough climb in the heat. We've never gone past Twin Peaks to see what was further, so Black Mountain was something new and fun for us! I'd love to run Wahsatch Steeplechase next year with it being the fortieth anniversary.
Saucony Trail Scavenger Hunt. Saucony was in town and paired up with Salt Lake Running Company to do a trail scavenger hunt in Millcreek Canyon. They gave us a list of items to find and take photos of on our run, with an hour to get back to the meeting point to share our photos. There were eight items total and the three shown above were: something from the Utah state flag (we made it out of rocks!), something Saucony (my favorite Peregrine shoes) and something sharp (there was construction on the road up Millcreek and the whole road was torn up; the claws on the CAT equipment were the sharp item). We took the scavenger hunt very seriously and got second place!
Jacks Peak. This was the next stop on Geof and I's Peak Project. Geof had been dealing with a pulled glute from his Wahsatch Steeplechase race, so he hiked this while I ran. It turns out his glute injury was worse than we thought because after this hike, he realized he couldn't run or hike downhill well and hasn't been able to run since (even through today and we are nearing the end of July now). I'm hoping he has a speedy recovery! I miss my regular running buddy!