Cross-training at Mt. Rainier is No Joke!

Wow! Simply put: Mt.Rainier kicked my ass!

View from the trailhead.

View from the trailhead. 

Although not a long distance hike — it was about 4 miles round trip — the elevation gained on the way up was most challenging. From first steps to summit, there was an elevation gain of 1700′. That’s a lot in a short distance!

That nagging pain I’m fighting in my lower leg joined me for the climb, but the good news is that it’s gone today.

This week’s long run is a down week, so I’m only running 10 miles. Stay tuned for pics — I’ll be in Victoria, B.C.

Mt. Rainier hike

Mt. Rainier rising behind me.

My first marmot!

My first marmot!

Mt. Rainier's Nisqually Glacier.

Mt. Rainier’s Nisqually Glacier.

Enjoying the view from 6800'.

Enjoying the view from 6800′.

I did it!!

I did it!!

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