Diamond Peak Runaround
|July 6, 2014||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
This is Diamond Peak.
Diamond Peak is an 8,743’ mountain in the Cascades.
Yesterday, a group of six of us drove out to a trail in the Diamond Peak Wilderness and ran a big circle around the entire thing.
It was my first time circumnavigating a mountain, and I’ve gotta say, I’m a fan. It’s crazy to go from admiring it as a distant peak, to getting all up close and personal with the top of it, to ending the run with it back in the distance and being able to gaze up at it and think “gee, I just ran around that thing.”
The trail itself was stupid pretty.
It offered a little bit of everything: sweet singletrack through the woods
Peekaboo views of snow-capped peaks
Sections above the tree line with ridiculous views of the Cascades
And also snow.
Lots and lots of snow.
We ran into our first bit of the white stuff after we climbed a couple of thousand feet up the mountain to an elevation around 7k’
After that we were in and out of snow for the next 6 or 7 miles.
But mostly in.
Between trying to ski our way through the drifts and constantly playing hide and seek with the buried trail, this section ended up taking us a long ass time.
And also trashed our legs.
By the time we were back on dirt, we’d been “running” on “trail” for 3.5 hours. Between the initial climb, all of the fun in snow, and the altitude, I was feeling way more fatigued than I normally would at mile 10 of a run. But it felt so good to be back on runnable stuff, you kind of forgot how tired your legs were.
Per usual, I got dropped by the majority of the boys during the second half of the run and had some solo time in the middle of the backcountry wilderness.
The 23 miles took us around 6 hours and were definitely among the harder 23 miles I’ve ever run. The run wiped me out way more than I thought it would, but I still don’t regret doing it so close to my 50.
If I end up running 15 minutes, or an hour, or even two hours slower next weekend because I did a hard long run 7 days out, it was worth it.