Sunday, December 9, 2012

12/8/12 - Z1 Run + Grand Canyon!

Woke up around 7:00 am. Had a great night sleep. 8+ hours. Ran for 30 minutes out of bed fasted.

Legs were tired and body was drained from the travel. Took about 2 hours to get to Flagstaff from Phoenix.

Run felt good though. Help wake my body up and get things moving.

Now we're headed off to the Grand Canyon. It's about 90 minutes from our Flagstaff hotel.

Grand Canyon visit was absolutely incredible! Arrived to the park around 10:30 am. Parked and took a shuttle bus to the Bright Angel Trailhead. Started our hike around 11:20 am. Decided to go for the 3 mile turn around point. It's a 6 mile trail with a 4-6 hour estimate, 2000 ft elevation descent/climb. Absolutely beautiful out here. Clear sunny day, pretty cold but not too bad when you're in the sun.

We made it to the half way point in about 90 minutes. Pretty easy going down. Everyone coming back up looked like they were suffering, haha. Stopped and had a quick lunch at the 3 mile mark. 2 cans of sardines in fish oil, with some fruit and nuts. Perfect refuel. Now to start the climb back up. This was a little harder than I expected. Lungs and breathing were fine, but legs felt like I had run a marathon. No burn in the muscles but by joints were aching. Really wanted to avoid being sore but not much of a choice at this point. Made a few stops on the way back up but finally did it. Took around 2 hours to come back up to the top. 3 hour round trip including a 30 minutes lunch break. AWESOME hike. I would love to come back and do a full day hike. Definitely prepare for it better next time. We wore our Reebok's.

Jesus looked at them and said, "Humanely speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible." -Matthew 19:26

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