Example #1 of enjoying good health was today's activity.
The endeavor was in great doubt as Wednesday and Thursday I was struck with a strange lethargy...I didn't feel sick, but had an unbelievably low energy level, a sick stomach (to play a role later today), and was in as foul of a mood as I've ever experienced without cause. To make things worse, I was super sore from just 10 miles of SLOW running over three excursions.
Friday morning I thought, "You get all the rest you need when you're dead," and said I'd the mountain a shot on Saturday morning.
I left home at 5 AM, drove to the mountain. On the way up Madera Canyon (which is a crazy-bicycle ride climbing 3,500 feet in about 12 miles) I saw a group of three wild turkeys, pictured here.
Death Clouds on Mount Baldy." Here's the memorial:
The views were AMAZING, way better than my little pocket camera could capture.
Before even reaching the peak we were significantly higher than the next highest mountain, which is in the same range, Mt. Hopkins, sporting a huge observatory.
It came from an elderly man that rested unseen against the remains of a former look out tower, or some such structure. He said we walked right past it. Ugh...we talked about how we'd both would love to see a bear!
Talking to the man, he's climbed the mountain each weekend of the month, only failing to summit one weekend due to 6 foot snow on the trail. How cool is that?
Soon another man, a bit older, joined us, then a pair of trail runners. It was my first experience sharing a peak with someone not in my party. But, it was nice and they took our picture.
rode in a race last weekend, and our thighs were greatly taxed, and thus our knees grew tired. For me, I always run in toe-shoes and my trail running shoes beat my toes to a pulp. They're truly sore!
On the way down, the light was better for pictures, and it finally warmed up. By the time we finished (due to dead thighs, the downward trip took longer and was more taxing than the trip up), it was quite warm.
As we approached the bottom of the trail we found a very young horned lizard (we call them horny toads).
We relived that moment while studying this little fellow.
All told, it was a GREAT day. I will definitely be returning to these trails to do some training and running once I'm fresh and rested. For those of you that are trail runners, how does this look:
I hope those reading had a wonderful Saturday and are, like me, enjoying good health. I leave with a picture of me on the top of the mountain, that reminds me of the cover of "Born to Run."