I took a couple of photos along the 12.27 mile route I ran last Sunday, County Road 554 from Abiuiu to El Rito, NM. You can see how steep, hot and dry it is. The elevation at mile 1 was 5931′ at mile 13 it was 6880′ so it was only about 1000 foot grain but it felt brutal. I am claiming all 13 miles because I started then ran back home to check something and began again. Elevation, heat, and I am certain dehydration made it all the harder.
This is what my backyard looks like. You can see why it is tough to run anywhere fast. Today I decided to change things up and run 100m hill sprints. I warmed up for 1.5 miles and it put me on a relatively firm dirt path to run up. I ran 6 x 100. The elevation gain for each 100m was 60′. So if I calculated it right 60′/300′ x 100 is 20%. It had a 20% gain, a nice little set up sprints which maxed out my HR.
Studio update: I bought all my windows yesterday for the studio and I will pick up the doors tomorrow. I was going to hike on Saturday but just learned we are headed out to some guys land to pick up volcanic rock for the walls. There will be three of us spending the entire day loading up the truck with rocks to make 5′ tall walls. The shoulders and arms of my shirts are already getting tight!
If you feel the urge to come out and run, carry some rocks, or help clean out the arroyo of things that should not be there you are most welcome!