I went out for a 12 mile trail run at Salt Fork State Park this morning. It was a beautiful morning, about 70 degrees. I got to Salt Fork at 8am, nobody around but the fishermen. I started out on the ‘orange loop’ trail which the map advertised as 12.5 miles. A good horse trail, except for the shoe sucking mud!
I hit this first patch about 1/2 hour into the run. I was trying to pick my way through this patch, when wham!!! My shoe sank and my foot came right out of it! I yelled “oh shit” and as my momentum kept going, I lost the other shoe to the mud! Now I am standing in ankle deep mud, in my socks, looking at my shoes behind me! I just started laughing, it was so funny. I plucked my shoes out of the mud, then had to find a spot at the side of the trail to get them back on my feet. I looked at my total muddy socks. There was nothing to wipe them off on. So I just put my shoes back on and hoped for the best! And they were fine, no blisters, nothing. This was a nice trail to run on, besides the mud. This was a little waterfall I encountered. BUT I would have to say this was nowhere near 12 miles. I finished up in 1 hour 57 minutes. My Garmin said 5.8 miles, which I also figure is inaccurate due to all the tree cover. So I am guessing maybe 8 miles.
This leaves me far shorter than I planned for the weekend, but I will take it.
I did another ice bath after I got home. Ice bath rocks! (Well, after the firs 30 seconds, they do!)
This was the 30th year of the Wheeling WV Road Race. I ran this last year, and this year’s course continued to be the same-the “easy” course. (Due to road construction, several of the killer hills were removed.) This leaves the Bethlehem hill, which is a nice 1.2 mile uphill, and then a tiny little hill about mile 11.7. I decided to run this as my hill workout. I didn’t get over to Wheeling as early as I wanted, and then the timing chips weren’t available right away.So I got a 2 mile slow run in before the race. The weather was beautiful, maybe 60’ish and kind of humid at the start. But it seemed like a cool breeze kept blowing throughout the race, really holding the humidity back. Although my time was about 17 minutes slower than last year, I felt I had a better race. I just felt good, and happy! throughout the entire run. Splits: 10.09 10.20 10.20 These first miles are through a somewhat quiet industrial section of Wheeling. But what was different this year, besides no pouring cold rain, was spectators!! It was so abandoned last year, with the rain, that it was nice and surprising to see all the folks out, saying hello and cheering us on. One man offered us a cigarette around mile 3, and he then cracked up when a fellow runner quipped back that they’d be back in 2 hours! Mile 4– the infamous hill begins here. I kept wondering whether I should try and run it, or just assume ultrarunning status and power walk. I kept running, because I wasn’t having that much difficulty. I was reduced to a small baby step turnover, but I kept my head and shoulders upright. I did turn it into a power walk briefly, but then hit a ‘relative’ flat spot and began running some more. Don’t get me wrong, it was little more than a power shuffle. I saw so many people just fighting the hil and expending so much energy flailing their arms–it’s not worth it!! Save your energy! Mile 5- 13.53 The rest of the hill Mile 6 11.20 The long downhill, about 1 mile downhill. I began chatting with a nice man, Mike, from the Pittsburgh area. Mile 7- 9.46 this must be the rest of the downhill area. I lose Mike at a water station and continue on. I am feeling really strong, really good, and just so darn cheerful! Mile 8. 10.37 We enter a bike path, which is flat, but it’s not that bad. I have caught up to the walkers (there was also a 20K walk, which started 1/2 hour before us.) It seems like there are many more walkers these race, probaly due to the nice weather. It’s not so lonely out there, and much easier to pick people off! Mile 9 10.43. I take my lone gel around here, without any water, and my stomach makes some growls like that wasn’t the best idea. Mile 10 11.17 Mile 11 10.32 Mile 12 11.37 0.48 4.48
All around a good race. I saw some friends pre-race and had time to chat with them. I didn’t stick around for the free luncheon, it was still about 1.5 hours until noon, and I knew I would be home in 1.5 hours.
I got home right at noon and did my ice bath, and my legs feel better already.
Looking at the time left until Mohican, this is the last weekend to get a long run in and have any sort of taper. Or, in other words, don’t overtrain myself up to the time of the event. I have the 20K tomorrow am.I am going to drive over waaay early and see if I can get 10 or at least 8 miles in prior to the race. Then I will run 20 miles on Sunday, somewhere. That will give me 40 miles back to back. This is more of a confidence builder than probaly building any endurance.
We got the garden planted this am. I have tomatoes, 4 types, jalapeno peppers, Big Thai hot peppers, Red Savina habaneros, and squash planting. Our elephant garlic, which was planted last fall, are huge plants! I keep more plants on the porch. We have lettuce, callaloo, broccoli-raab, thyme, basil, cilantro, rosemary, and chives in pots on the porch. This makes it much more easy to cut herbs for meals. It also prevents any deer from getting to these plants.
Yahooo! I took Friday off in addition to Monday…how sweet! Friday I need to get the garden planted. Saturday I am running a 20K, the Ogden 20K Classic over in Wheeling West Virginia. Sunday and Monday, no plans. If anyone talks me into going to Mohican that would be cool. Otherwise I will probaly run the bridle trails at Salt Fork.
I did no running this week. I was supposed to run on Wednesday, but did the elliptical instead. Which was fine, after my sudden increase in miles for my long run (from 13 to 23!!!) I did not want to risk an injury with the 20K race this weekend. I’m getting kind of antsy to run, but probaly won’t even run tomorrow, just rest up for Saturday.
I have the wild-eyed new goal of running 50 miles at Mohican on June 17. No, there is not a separate 50 mile race there this year. However, they will recognize the 50 milers. Less important to me, it would be more to me than I ran 50 miles at Mohican.
I think I am in love with Mohican. I have a serious love affair going on with the trails. I feel likeRobin Fry.
I ran into Diana Shivers at Walmart this afternoon, and heard that Regis was out in the car waiting for her…so I had to go talk to Regis, who did nothing but nod his head about Mohican!!!
I spent at least one hour this morning figuring out how I should be able to run at least 50 miles at Mohican..then I spent about 2 hours talking myself out of it. I’m still on the fence. First I thought, ok, I will sign up for the 100 and just see how far I could go. The Mohican is this somewhat convoluted four loop course that you repeat. Now that I have run about half the trails, I finally understand the different colored loops! So I look at the course map…start to the red loop, 10 miles. Red to Covered Bridge,11 miles. Then the blue loop, 4 miles. Ok, 25 miles. Then the orange loop, 17 miles, back to covered bridge. Then, if I only ran to Rock Point, 9.7 miles..that would top me out out 52 miles…. But wait remember it will warm up here, real soon, Kim, and be 85 degrees and humid!! And you hate running in the heat and humidity! It will be miserable!! And thenI looked at the registration fee: $ 135. Oh heck no!! Not for a 30 or 50 mile run for me. Way too expensive. ThenI looked at what mile someone could pick up a pacer. Okay, maybe I could pace someone in at mile 60 or so. But it would also be dark. And I’ve never even run in the dark, on a trail, before.