This week I did two long runs in a row known as back-to-backs (B2B). The idea behind this training strategy is to wear yourself out the first day and then run on tired, and possibly sore, legs the next day. This simulates what it feels like during an ultramarathon when you are already whipped but still have to keep shuffling along for another 30-50 miles.
State Park to the Aztec caves which are two shallow grottos on the side of the mountain. The caves aren’t too far from the parking area, but the trail is quite steep. The views are fine, though, so after taking some photos I ran back to my car to pick up my camelbak for a 12 mile out and back along part of the El Paso Puzzler Mountain Bike Race Course.
Dirty Girl Gaiters that I wear while on the trail. I will forever tuck my laces into my shoes in the future. No trail runner should be without a pair of gaiters to keep rocks and debris out of their shoes. The style I wear is called "Lime Gaiterade Hurl". The gaiters are made by Chrissy Weiss, an ultramarathon runner and prosecuting attorney. She has finished many 100s and even the 135 mile Badwater race which is held in Death Valley in July!