Am) 9 miles easy in the hills. 7:46 average pace at HR 140. Felt good.
Tomorrow will be 20-22 miles done as 8 mile easy warm-up. Then 3-4 X 3 miles at 5:30 pace. I'm doing this up on Tolland Road by East Portal. I'll run 8 miles up to 9200 ft altitude then run the repeats on a ~1% downhill/ rolling dirt road. Below are pictures of the road. The choice for this route has less to do with Chicago specific training and more to do with a quiet mind. The old (ca.1910)church is at mile 5 and I always look forward to seeing it. There are always fly fishermen behind it on the river. Just past the church there's a huge waterfall next to the road. It's peaceful and beautiful and I won't see but a handful of cars. More elk than cars.
Looking back at Rollinsville- that's where I start.