A few weeks back I promised to start sharing some of the runs I do while I am up in the Mountains of the Valley at our Condo. This is the first of the "series" if you will of the runs - this one is known as the "Cow Hill Loop." And why do I title it such a way besides the fact that it is one of the roads the loop happens to utilize? Because the hill is a tremendous accent higher and makes you feel like a cow (ok that last part is not true)! This path is perfect if you have a mountain race coming or any because it really puts tremendous strain on the legs going both up and down hill building up strength in the face of any obstacle and giving you more of a push later.
From my post on the "Reach the Beach relay" back in September, I did not mention the "hills" of the run. Some were simply tremendous with 700 foot climbs and then 500 foot drops (over several miles). One way to simulate the runs of the RTB Relay is to simply run down 302 from Cannon (which can be done near our condo as we are 45 minutes from Cannon) or one can simply run this path! Just be careful as steep rises and falls can lead to knee issues. In other words, I wouldn't do this path every day but if you have a hill run coming, this might be helpful.
Here are the metrics of the run
Total Distance: 2.3 Miles
Distance from Condo: 1/2 mile down 302
Total Elevation High/Low: 975ft / 595 ft
Easiest Run: Climb Attitash Mt Road side as it is really steep (up almost 400 ft) but once at the top, you are all downhill for almost 1 mile to the fields of Attitash. I usually park in the Attitash parking lot located at the bottom of Attitash Mt Road.
Hardest Run: Start from the bottom of Cow Hill Road as you will have a mile uphill climb going up 400 ft and then a very steep drop which can be a killer on the knees (so take care). I try to park in the hotel located at the bottom of Cow Hill but beware as it is private property.
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