The Incline

by HEAB on August 25, 2009

This past weekend, I did a little hiking.  

Saturday morning, both CD and I got up early.  Chris hit the track, and I hit the Incline Trail.


View from near the top.

2,696 steps with a 48% to 60% grade.  Last year, we stayed in walking distance of the Incline, and I did it 3 times.  I was running trails almost everyday and lifting three days a week.  My best time up was 55 minutes, and I thought there was no way I would even get close to that time this year.  Of course, my competitive soul was hoping to reach the top in under an hour, but I just kept telling myself that I should be happy to even finish. My time? 51:04. Honestly, I was floored and spent the rest of the day trying to figure out how that happened.  Perhaps it’s because I’m a few pounds lighter?  Perhaps it’s all the hiking I’ve been doing around the yurt? Perhaps all those Warrior poses have really strengthened my legs?  Perhaps 8 months of nothing but yoga and walking has done this body some good?  Whatever the reason, I was beyond ecstatic for my new Incline PR.  Then I realized I had to get back down.  Walking down the stairs is an option, but not one I want to ever try.  The only other way to get down is by trail, and I prefer to run rather than walk due to the slippery slopes.  So, I hit Barr Trail for 30+ minutes of running switchbacks down Pike’s Peak.  My quads were screaming, but I was smiling the entire time.

I came home and celebrated with some cherry oats.

Rolled Oats with vanilla protein powder and frozen cherries.  Refueling at its finest!

Rolled Oats with vanilla protein powder and frozen cherries. Refueling at its finest!

Before I go, a big congrats to Shannon Rowbury over at The Long Run, one of the fastest lovers of almond butter out there, on her bronze medal in the 1500 at the World Championships in Berlin.  Awesome finish Shannon!

Oh, and don’t forget…you only have a few days left to save 10% off all Jay Robb online orders using the promo code listed in this post. Don’t miss out!


Heather August 26, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Hi! I stumbled across your blog the other day and really enjoy it!
The references to Pike’s Peak, Barr trail, and the incline are making me nostalgic of the time I lived near Colorado Springs and got married in Green Mt. Falls…..*sigh*
Our dream is to move back someday.
Enjoy your time out there!

Robin August 26, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Wow – that trail looks awesome… what a great workout!

reginarae August 26, 2009 at 5:11 pm

HI Heather! It’s Regina (again)! 🙂 I’m still in the City (almost back home to the southwest heatpit!) but I wanted to say that I’ve been reading and loving your Colorado posts this summer. I’m so happy that you love deserty-spots! I think these many weeks sound absolutely wonderful. I’ve been thinking of you!

(I’ll let you know when I’m back home in AZ again!! There’s a lot of things I love about New York – I love walking everywhere and man ALIVE I love the food!! 😀 But I’m happy to be coming home again. I miss the quiet, my dog, my kitchen – like you said! and the fam so much, of course.)

Sending love way out west! 🙂
XO, Regina

MarathonVal August 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm

WOW!!!! That is amazing Heather!!! Now, is this something that you walk up or run? You make it sound like you run up it but I would DIE running up a 55 minute hill… just curious.

Enjoy the rest of your trip!

MarathonVal August 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm

WOW!!!! That is amazing Heather!!! Now, is this something that you walk up or run? You make it sound like you run up it but I would DIE running up a 55 minute hill.. just curious.

Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Jenny August 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm

you go girl! that is one awesomeeee trek! i love what walking on an incline does for my glutes (read: bum, booty, hiney, tush.. whatever you prefer)

Liz August 26, 2009 at 11:56 am

Woah! Congrats on getting up The Incline so fast!! That’s a huge accomplishment. Yoga, walking and treating your body right are awseome ways to see imporvements in all physical and mental aspects of life. 🙂

Carolyn August 26, 2009 at 11:40 am

The Oatgurt incubator arrived today per you and Scott in Ohio’s recomendation… I think it walked here… but free shipping…!!!

So it’s gonna be an Oatgurt weekend!!! OMGosh…

Chloe August 26, 2009 at 11:23 am

Awesome! That looks like so much fun, and I love your new attitude about it. Obviously you have been treating your body well and are seeing many rewards. What a beautiful view!

ksgoodeats August 26, 2009 at 10:21 am

WOW! Way to go!! That trail looks killer!

Diana (Soap & Chocolate) August 26, 2009 at 10:13 am

That is an amazing PR, especially since you didn’t expect it! Well done, and kudos for staying so active even on vacation. I know I would be tempted to slip into vacation mode big time!

Shannon August 26, 2009 at 10:04 am

My legs are aching just looking at that incline. Good for you!

Missy Maintains August 26, 2009 at 9:50 am

Congrats! Amazing time! That incline looks killer! Love your cherry oats! Perfect way to celebrate 🙂

Haleigh August 26, 2009 at 9:12 am

Oh, wow.. that is definitely one steep incline! I am impressed. What a beautiful view. My husband and I want to move out west to Colorado. Sigh, that won’t happen for awhile.

Justine August 26, 2009 at 8:56 am

HEABERS!!! That slope looks awesome! I love hiking things like that. It reminds me so much of Az. minus the greenery :)/ Oh and I cant walk down things like that either. Always ran down the stairs at the bottom of Camelback! Tried to eat pp again the other day. Major GATASTROPHE (is you know what I mean). What is it with my belly and pp?


Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) August 26, 2009 at 8:41 am

I’m so going to have to try cherry oats while cherries are still cheap and in season 😉

Great job on the incline, you rock!

AmyJoGo August 26, 2009 at 7:51 am

Seriously? You ran DOWN the switchbacks?? LOL You are a gutsy girl! I was just WALKING down one of the mountains, fell and broke my ankle and had multiple surgeries. Amazing!

Holly August 26, 2009 at 7:16 am

Wow, that picture makes me a little dizzy! That is AWESOME, Heather. It’s so neat and fun to do challenging things that are outside the norm. I wish I could find a set of stairs ’round these parts to climb like that. 🙂

Shelby August 26, 2009 at 4:46 am

GREAT JOB HEATHER! Woo! You are just a lean, mean, walking machine! Love it =)

Oh and love the cherry oats, yummy!

MizFit August 26, 2009 at 4:42 am


and, Woman, you are seriously also mine.

WholeBodyLove August 25, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Way to go, you smoked your previous time! That’s no joke!

charlotte August 25, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Nice work on the PR, girl!! This: “My quads were screaming, but I was smiling the entire time.” says it all:)

randomlymikey August 25, 2009 at 9:59 pm

whoa! awesome hike 🙂 i have been seeing a lot about hiking and want to find a trail to try before winter. what a great workout.

Alisa - Frugal Foodie August 25, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Great job! That totally reminds me of the Grouse Grind in West Vancouver, BC. Same type of deal and an awesome challenge!

Becky August 25, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Nice work on the PR! I have seen the Incline when i was there, it looks intimidating but fun. My friend wouldn’t do it with me 🙁 Glad to hear someone do it though! I have never had frozen cherries, but they look amazing in your oats. 🙂

Shannon August 25, 2009 at 8:34 pm

how fun! better fueling option my dear 🙂

Annie August 25, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Dang girl!! That’s 53 steps a minute!! Almost a step a second.. that is FAST.. wicked fast! Congrats.. the picture is amazing.. and you did that?? Have another bowl of oats and cherries!

Pam August 25, 2009 at 7:21 pm

The incline trail looks intimidating but the view from the top is amazing! I’m impressed!

veganfritz August 25, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Nice PR Heather! & I have a poster of Shannon Rowbury on my wall (I have a crush on her) so yes, grats indeed.

Samantha August 25, 2009 at 6:59 pm

That is one wicked looking piece of ground…wow! Way to go, awesome job!

runeatrepeat August 25, 2009 at 6:46 pm

You are slowly getting into my head… I need to cut back on running, I need to do yoga.

Lainie August 25, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Heather you are quite the athlete – I am floored by how steep that looks! Impressive!!!!!!

carolinebee August 25, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Heather that is freakin sweeet!! To quote peter griffin 😀

Someone mentioned diamond head in waikiki, which I did with the ‘rents, and this definitely reminded me of! But this looks much less touristy and more daangerous! What an amazing accomplishment, gotta love that self-competition, bravo Heath.

Marycela August 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Whooo! Way to go HEAB!

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) August 25, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Congrats on your Stairway to Heaven Hike! 😀 And doing it so fast is nothing short of amazing. I sooo wish I could have done that one with you…me: gasping for breath I’m sure! Were you drenched!??

Those cherries looked sooo huge and chewy and sweet- mmm!

Erica August 25, 2009 at 6:12 pm

WOW great job on the PR!!!! I bet its all that yoga. SO good for your body. Cherry oats= perfect way to celebrate. The view form the top is just beautiful

garbanzogirl August 25, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Wow, congratulations! What an achievement 🙂 I’m jealous that you’re in such an awesome place right now. That bowl of oats looks really good, and I bet it felt really good after such a tough workout.

Marissa August 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Congrats!! Also, I bet the cherries were awesome!

Maggie August 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Ohh yummy oats. I can’t believe I only tried protein powder for the first time about a month ago. Protein powder oats are my fave now.

I want to do that trek. It sounds so cool 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

Brandi August 25, 2009 at 5:55 pm

what an awesome view! congrats on the PR, and that’s amazing that you got it now, after just yoga and walking and living on almond butter + oats 🙂

i’m planning on picking your brain soon about a few things, but I’ll wait until you get back – i hope I remember to email you then!

I hope you two have a great night 🙂

Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) August 25, 2009 at 5:48 pm

I’m a little ashamed to admit that I sung Miley Cyrus, “The Climb” while reading this post.

You SHOULD be proud, that looks scary hard! I wish I would have been there at the end for you with a free t-shirt, a medal, and a mini Larabar.

Babs August 25, 2009 at 5:36 pm

I SO want to run up and down that incline! I have been trying to find good stairs in town with zero luck…gah!

Lucky woman. Great blog.


Heather (be well & take care) August 25, 2009 at 5:31 pm

You are a ROCKSTAR!!! That incline looks awesome but slightly scary at the same time. Better do some yoga for runner’s in the morning 🙂

Gina August 25, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Oh, and congrats on the awesome PR!!!

Gina August 25, 2009 at 5:29 pm

That reminds me of the trail up Coco Head in Hawaii. Its less popular than Diamond Head because it is WAY harder. But fun!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) August 25, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Hooray for PR’s!!!!!! As zen and yoga-like as I am, and I am constantly working every single day to let go, go with the flow more, and just be less controlling and stats oriented…Well, get me in a 5k, 10k, or half-marathon and you can better believe I’m gonna care about my times and breaking a PR is always a rush. But congrats on where you’ve come, how far you’ve come, and for all the personal growth you have had. Hats off to you, my friend. The scenery looks gorg there, too. And your cherry oats look like they hit the spot! Namaste 🙂

VeggieGirl August 25, 2009 at 5:26 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! That was one hell of a trek.

Chocolate-Covered Katie August 25, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Ohmigosh, Heather, your oats look delish! Nothing like adding frozen fruit to oatmeal… oh heck, what can you add to oatmeal that would mess it up? Anything? I don’t think that stuff’s capable of being messed up (*knock on wood*).

Lots of love,
Katie 🙂

hayleycepeda August 25, 2009 at 5:20 pm

I am floored – Heather that is incredible!! What an amazing view…you should be VERY proud of yourself! I would love to do something like what you’re doing someday. What a nice retreat. How long do you usually spend out there in CO?

Those cherry oats look sooo good. When i get my Jay Robb protein powder I’m definitely going to try them. Do you buy frozen cherries or freeze fresh ones? I am so mad at myself for missing that promo code! I ordered my powder a couple of days ago not realizing that you provided a 10% off coupon. RATS!

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