The day and conditions for this run started out phenomenally. However, within the first mile or two, I already made a couple wrong turns to add some mileage. But I was still feeling strong and made it to the summit of Table Rock. One thing I failed to realize is there was a balloon festival happening that day with lots of people hiking up the trail to get a view. After descending and running the brief road section, I connected again to the trails. After one more wrong turn and a little extra mileage, I got back on track and was relatively familiar with the trails after approximately the half-way point. Up until now, the weather was overcast and comfortable (~70 degrees). But at this point the clouds cleared and the temperature warmed up quite a bit. The heat got to me more than it has in the past. My stomach stopped tolerating much food and I was needing to conserve my water intake. The last 12 miles or so were a mix of running and hiking. The last hill coming out of Peggy's trail was an expected challenge. After summiting that section, I pushed through Polecat and met my wife at the finish line for a ride back to my car.
This is a great way to see a lot of territory in the Boise Foothills. I consumed 250 calories and 500 ml of water before starting. During the run, I was only able to consume another 700 calories in the form of Gu and Laffy Taffy (should have brought more of these!). I brought 3L of water and could have used another 1L but didn't have a great way to carry it. I ran this alone without any pacers or support. Thanks to Alex for submitting and initiating this route. Good luck to the next runners. I don't feel like doing it again soon, but I will likely try again in the future to fix some of my mistakes.