I had some PTO time to burn up so i took Thursday off to do a 50K long run. Never mind that I was still recovering from my Marathon a while back and hadn’t run for 2 weeks.
I mapped out a a nice route. From Red Rock Station (NV159 & I215) to NV160 (NV159 & NV 160) is 15 Miles. Then to make it a loop instead of an out and back, I went a bit east on 160 until I hit Fort Apache and then took that back to I215 and followed I215 back to my car
This is a pretty nice part of town and there were a few people out for their morning run or bike.
After a little bit you get into undeveloped desert. This whole section runs through Red Rock canyon. Very pretty place to run. No burros were on the road today though I did see 1 on a hill. I was excited to see 2 coyotes run across the road.
NV159 has a nice wide shoulder. There are very few large vehicles on this section so you should feel very safe, even when it gets busy. As you get closer to NV160 there will be more large vehicles as there are some Gypsum mines/plants.
My last marathon was at the Red Rock Canyon loop. I ran by the entrance and exit to the loop but that wasn’t part of my route today. Which was fortunate. The loop has more elevation change than the route I mapped out. I believe I started around 2800 feet and peaked out around 3600 feet and bottomed out around 2600.
I finally made it to NV160. NV160 is a busy road with a lot of large vehicles moving pretty fast. Fortunately the side of the road is a wide packed dirt shoulder.
Fort Apache @ NV160 probably isn’t the best road to run on. Very narrow paved shoulder and the gravel shoulder has several obstructions. At one point, there is a blind curve and no gravel so you have to run on the road. What makes this more harrowing is the heavy construction and gravel truck traffic. Maybe the weekend traffic is safer.
By the time I got to Wet and Wild water park the road was fully improved with sidewalks.
Part of the reason I went this direction was because there is an urban trail that follows I-215. I drive by it all the time and a trail that I haven’t run on always seems to call me. Plus running a city street with traffic lights stops every mile isn’t the funnest.
One of the signature items on this urban trail is the Town Center pedestrian bridge. By the time I got to the bridge I had to debate if I really wanted to climb the switch backs or simply walk across the road – I took the bridge.
I was able to complete this run with no acute pains and no nausea! Somewhere around mile 20-25 I ran out of legs so that may be a problem for a 50 miler. And I don’t think nausea was too far away. But this run was definitely a win and it really boosts my confidence for longer distances.