I saw Indian paintbrushes:
And ran on edges like this:
And climbed stretches like this:
About an hour into the run, I reached the chain-assisted section of trail. The park has bolted chains into the rock on some very steep parts of the route. Even though it wasn't runnable I descended the chains for fun, so I could climb back up.
There are three sections of chain, and after descending the first two, you reach the window, a hole in the rock face with a view of east El Paso:
I turned around at the bottom of the chain-assisted section, and after climbing back up, I pulled out my burrito. That's right, a burrito. Vegetarian refried beans in a tortilla. (I also had CLIF ShotBloks for backup).
Two things about the burrito:
1. It was delicious.
2. Half a burrito is enough.
It was so handy--I was even able to run while eating it--that I think I'm going to do it again. I'll make mini-burritos next time, so I'm not tempted to eat a whole big one.
The run took me an hour and four minutes, including photo-op-stops, to get to the bottom of the chain assisted section, and 53 minutes to get back to the start.
And then I went to Starbucks.