I've been running on the Arizona Trail around Flagstaff for almost a year (off and on), and I always enjoy it. Smooth singletrack through ponderosa pine forests in the high desert, I love it! Last summer I discovered that the AZT splits into 2 options around/through town, and I immediately became interested in connecting those two halves into one full loop. While we're at it, let's see if it might get accepted as an FKT route.
It did, so I ran the whole thing yesterday. Finally, after months of thinking about it, scouting all the sections, rechecking the pieces that have been rerouted recently, and collating it all into one gpx track, it was time to get out there and see it all at once.
Oh, and my longer runs have been going a lot better lately. The pinched nerve thing is still here but it's not complaining as much (and I've reached a point where "more running" is helping instead of hurting). Yay for progress!
Yay for the AZT! Let's do this: