The Highest Point is North Franklin Peak
Next, I crossed over Mundy's gap over to the West Side of El Paso and down to the State Park and down to where I had my Gatorade waiting. At this point, I had completed 12 miles in 3 hours. I headed back towards Mundy's gap and again encountered the dreaded rock farm which I knew from the Puzzler was there. Over Mundy's gap and back down to Tin Mine road and to Henrich Park I was able to complete a 20 mile loop in about 4:45. The total elevation gain according to my Garmin was 4,700 feet. From what I read the hallmark of ultra training is back to back long runs, most commonly on the weekends. You never really have to run more than 26-28 miles on any given day. The idea is to run the next day with tired legs, and my legs were sure tired the next morning.
I headed out to Cloudcroft for the 120 mile drive arriving at the city center at 10:30 AM. Having never run there before, I stopped at the High Altitude Bike Shop and picked up a map of the race course for the mountain bike race that was held a few weeks ago. I proceeded to run the Osha Loop trail and did a total of 8 hard miles on some BEAUTIFUL single tract trails.
|View from OSHA trail with White Sands in the distance|
|Single tract section, Green all around!|