Half-a-Million Vertical

After a few drinks on Christmas night 2012, Garett and I made a friendly bet of trail running, hiking, ski touring or mountain biking a million vertical feet in 2013. As my husband was driving us home, we calculated the average vertical gain that would be required per day; way too much for me especially if I wanted to continue with CrossFit and yoga! I texted Garett and we agreed on ½ million vertical gain in 2013.

Garett hooked me up with a Suunto Ambit watch that I wore for all my trail runs, hikes, and mountain bike rides. In the past, I’ve never diligently tracked my mileage or vertical gain so this was a new challenge for me. I loved it. It motivated me to get out in the mountains on days that I was feeling less motivated.

The outcome: 460,224 vertical gain; shy of my goal by 39,224 or 107 feet a day! Hopefully, in 2014, if I can stay injury free (I had to take some time off for a foot injury) I will reach 1/2 million. To some ultra-runners, achieving half a million vertical feet in a year is nothing (almost laughable) but for me it was the perfect challenge: it pushed me but still allowed me to maintain my other athletic interests.

Here are some highlights from 2013.

Devils Loop: 12,132 vertical gain

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Bear 100 Mile Endurance Run: 21,986 vertical gain
http://debsholisticnutrition.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/the-bear-100/
11_fake smile at the finish
Fat Dog 50 Miler: 10,900 vertical gain
http://debsholisticnutrition.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/fat-dog-50-mile/

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One of my favorite local hikes: Granite Mountain to the lookout tower 3,800 gain

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Squaw Peak 50 miler Utah: 10,197 gain

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Humpadayathon: 13,835 gain
http://debsholisticnutrition.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/humpdayathon-2013/

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Another local favorite Teneriffe Mountain: 3,800 gain

dave and deb

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Before work on Monday’s & Thursday’s I take my dog up Little Si.

Little Si_Zoey

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3 responses to “Half-a-Million Vertical

  1. I know you will do it in 2014 . Your photos and article wonderful.

  2. You are amazing sister. Say hi to Dave and baby Zoey. Hope to have you all over soon.

    Miss you guys, The Burke’s.

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