Getting above the muck

Have you ever looked at a mountain and thought, “I’d like to go up there.” Well, that is just what I did the other day when driving my kids home from school.

On Thursday and Friday of last week, I was feeling a little bogged down. A lot of it could have been work (I quit my job editing for the local newspaper … yay!!), but the inversion that Utah has been experiencing has made it kind of mucky outside.

But, as I looked at the mountain in front of me, I saw a layer of haze and then it got clearer the higher up the mountain. At that moment, I decided that I wanted to get up above the muck.

I told my husband that I was going to go up there the next morning. He, having run to the highest peak before, made sure I knew that there was really no clear trail once I reached the ridge line.

That didn’t stop me. I just wanted to get up there.

So, Saturday morning, I filled my fuel belt; one side with water, and the other with a smoothie my husband made for breakfast, packed my phone and left.

I headed up a trail I normally take to the top, then headed along the ridge line. My husband was right about there not being a trail, but I found a pretty well packed deer path through the snow that I followed all the way up and over three peaks.

It. Was. Awesome.

I was about to go up the last peak, but found that I had caught up to the family of deer I was following. It was pretty cool.

As I headed down, I decided I didn’t want to double-back, so I started to head down a different way down toward the valley. And as I headed down, I met up with a trail. The part I was on was a trail I had never run on before, but as I rounded the corner, I looked down and saw … my own footprints!

They weren’t from that particular run, but one I had done a few days prior. The path met up with one of my regular trails!

I had found an easier access point to the top! I can’t wait to head up the mountain, again. This time I will make it all the way up :).

Here are some fun pics from the run:

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My home :)

My home πŸ™‚

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More deer tracks. A better path this time.

More deer tracks. A better path this time.

Looking down at the lake I ran across last winter.

Looking down at the lake I ran across last winter.

The first set of deer tracks I followed.

The first set of deer tracks I followed.


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5 Responses to Getting above the muck

  1. leerunsdistances says:

    Nice photos once again!! I wish I had moutains to run up or on. The tougher the run, the better the view πŸ™‚

  2. Matilda says:

    Hi Ari,

    welcome back to the blogisphere! I missed your posts! I am a runner, too. I don`t do competitive runs, but I love running! And your posts are really such an inspiration for me to keep running. I wish I could run in your beautiful area, but I live half the world away in a big city. Unfortunately it`s been so cold lately that I have to run on a threadmill…looking forward to running outside again! Do you have any tips on nutrition and running? Would love to hear what you think!

    • timetofititin says:


      I hope to keep it up.

      As far as nutrition goes, I try to eat a lot of whole foods … fruits, veggies, nuts. I eat very little meat, but when I do, it is lean, chicken, turkey or fish.

      Just stay away from a lot of processed stuff.

      I’ll try to do a blog in the near future dedicated to it … πŸ™‚

      • Matilda says:


        thanks for your answer! I am trying to eat healthy food – makes feel good and gives me so much energy. I would LOVE a blog about it! πŸ™‚

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