On Friday, Dave and I left for Lake Tahoe to do the 28th Annual Mountain Run at Squaw Valley with his mom, sister, brother-in-law and their two kids, ages 2 and almost 5. Dave’s mom has been doing this for 10 years (she’s 65!!) and it’s very near and dear to her heart, as the run in part benefits the Tahoe Forest Hospital Cancer Prevention Program and she has lost a few loved ones to cancer, one friend succumbing less than a year ago.
Before the run (which you can walk, if you so choose), I bet Dave that I would beat him up the hill. He’s older than me, and I saw this was a sure win. I’m in fairly good shape (for someone who blogs and reads a lot) and I’m never one to turn my back on a little competition.
Well, this mountain run starts at an elevation of 6200 feet and ends at an elevation of 8200 feet, totaling 3.6 miles. I live practically at sea level (upon a Google search, the elevation where I live is 160 feet), but not having spent much time in the mountains, I’ve never had to acclimate.
This walk (I didn’t run) was BRUTAL. I thought my legs were going to fall off, I thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest, and I seriously thought about turning around with almost every step I took.
Half-way through the walk I told Dave I took back our bet. There was no way I’d beat him to the top.
I hated every single second of it. And I wasn’t that thrilled when I finally finished, convinced that I’d pay for my exertion later. Well, I’m proud to say that my legs barely feel all that uphill walking, and Dave and I decided that it’s not an extremely arduous hike, especially for those of us who’ve hiked a bit in the past, but the altitude is really what does you in.
Dave’s sister walked up the hill with her almost five year old daughter, alternately having the girl walk and pushing her in a walking stroller (or whatever you call those jogging type strollers). They seriously slowed us down, but that was just fine with me.
I’m glad it’s over, but I’m pretty darn proud of myself. And as painful as it was to reach the top, I’m seriously considering going to Tahoe earlier next year so that I’m more acclimated for the mountain run. I’m sure I could beat my time from this year. 🙂