I hit the trail this morning at 6:30 and trudged up the Sam Merrill trail to Echo Mtn as the warm-up phase of the 27 mile Mt Wilson loop. I felt great. Once at Echo Mnt (2.6 miles) the grade lessens so I ran from there. The achilles were golden until Mt Wilson summit (12 miles) where I began to notice my left achilles.
I started this run in my AscendGloves without socks; by mile 15 or so I had to stop to put on socks as the right foot had developed a blister. Later I stopped again and greased it.
The stream crossings within Eaton Canyon were completely dry- I had anticipated this and had lugged a lot of water from Wilson summit. But it was a hot trudge up out of Idelhour. I did the run in something like 6:15 today, far off the peak training 5:29 for the 29 mile version of this course.
The right achilles was solid the whole run; the left was decidedly painful coming down the 5 mile Sam Merrill trail descent from Inspiration Point to the Cobb Estate. I am icing it now and I expect it will be fine.
It was a sparklingly clear, dry day, and great to be out there.