This was the hardest run I’ve ever done. Physically. Emotionally. Mentally. As I was looking back through these pictures, I found myself laughing hysterically and calling my sister (who joined me on this run) to ask “What the hell were we thinking?”
Well, what we were thinking on the last day of my vacation, was to go for a trail run. But instead of doing the town trail again, my sister had the “brilliant” idea to take the gondola up to the top of the mountain to run one of the mountain bike trails. Having decided on Prospect Trail, which we eye-balled to be about 3 miles and relatively flat due to the way it snaked across the mountain, we excitedly set off. We weren’t even deterred when we reached the summit and a burly (possibly high) mountain man informed us that the trail was actually 8 ½ miles long, but totally “kick-ass.”
Boy, were our asses kicked. Less than a mile in, we were alone in the dense woods, out of breath, on the verge of tears, feeling like we were on one of those reality shows where they drop you in the middle of nowhere and tell you to find your way home. That, or we were in the middle of our own version of the Hunger Games.
Either way I look at it, I laugh now and have the most amazing memories from conquering this mountain trail with my sister. Beautiful scenery and an insane workout - I highly recommend this run (and no, I’m not high like the mountain man was).
^^^Starting off with a stretch on the way up the gondola
^^^Top of the world!
^^^Beginning to wonder what we got ourselves into once we saw this mountain biker struggling
^^^Wondering whether we could ride the chairlift down?
^^^Note that this trail opened the day before we ran it due to elk calving season - talk about trail blazing!
^^^Views like this one make it all worth it
^^^Sometimes when you #runfree you have to overcome unforeseen obstacles! You can do it Kris! Seriously, just do it. Let’s go! :)
^^^No really, what were we thinking?
^^^Our saving grace? Once we got to a certain point, we were able to run down the Green slopes back to Mountain Village!
^^^Beyond pumped for the next trip to Telluride and will be sure to train for some more adventurous trail runs! Now, I just need to book a trip!