I met the group at Mohican State Park. This was the big training weekend for the folks running the Mohican 100 in June. They ran Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday morning. I joined them for the 17 mile orange loop of the course. (Or so I thought.)
When the eight of us converge, Roy (our fearless leader) announces they didn’t get to the short 4 mile blue loop, so they want to run that first, then run the orange loop.
Hmm. Everyone is up to it. I’m the only female, so I don’t want to wimp out. So it looks like my 17 mile run (which I thought was pushing it a bit) is now up to a 21 mile run.
Oh well!!! 21 miles it is. And off we go to the blue loop. I’m glad we did, because it was very technical and beautiful. At one point there is a vertical climb up tree roots. There are also two waterfalls on this loop; I will have to go back with a camera the next time.
The blue loop brings us back to our cars, so a quick break and we’re off on the orange loop, which I ran last fall. I do remember alot of the features, although the group ‘loses’ me somewhere in the middle. (They took the high trail, I took the lower) so after some yelling in the woods, they find me-right on the trail. I’m glad they looked! So they put me in the middle of the pack so they can’t lose me and off we go.
I ran with a nice man named Tom from Erie-he’s pacing a runner and wanted to run the orange loop to orient himself. I gave Tom more than he wanted when I took the wrong fork in the path, (all the runners were spread out and out of site) and he and I did about 1 mile extra uphill before I realized we needed to find the river downhill-he was a good sport about it.
So some five plus hours on the trails, around 23 miles, beautiful weather, maybe in the 60’s at the end. I just love to run on the Mohican trails. They are just nicely maintained, you get a huge difference in surfaces-technical, flat, uphills, downhills, pine needles-and it’s just so lovely out there.
I think I am going to see about pacing someone at Mohican. I am going to see if my neighbor (in the next town) would like an in-experienced pacer first, then see if Tom’s runner would like another pacer.
Or I will be just volunteering for the Mohican weekend.