Monthly Archives: August 2006

Right in my Backyard


So I was on the quest for some new running routes. I finally thought of Woodbury.
Woodbury is the largest wildlife area in the state of Ohio. Beginning with an initial purchase of 779 acres in 1934,
Woodbury remained a wildlife area of less than 2,000 acres for 55
years. The original tract was the site of a small mining town and
a coal mine that was integral to the making of soap for the
Woodbury Soap Company. The area was managed as a game
refuge until 1948 when it was opened to public hunting.
During 1987, an agreement for wildlife management and public
hunting and fishing was reached with Peabody Coal Company
and the Hurst Trust, owners of land adjacent to Woodbury.
Further negotiations led to the Division of Wildlife’s purchase of
this land totaling 14,615 acres in 1991 and 1992.
Prior to state ownership approximately 50 percent of the
Peabody-Hurst Trust lands were affected by strip-mining.
Mining began in 1963 and concluded with final reclamation
efforts completed in 1987. The older mined areas contain
highwalls and spoil banks which were originally planted and now
contain pole-sized trees. More recently mined areas (after 1972)
are open grasslands. Since acquisition, emphasis has been placed
on the development of small wetlands and the planting of trees.

So I have this huge area of deserted township roads to run on, old jeep trails through the area to run through!!

It was a perfect running day. I had a makeshift horrible map off the internet, but I had pencilled in all the township and county roads. I just kept making right hard turns, and ended up right back at my vehicle for 10K. Just a bit short of the 8 miles I wanted, but I now have more running options!

The only drawback is, this is also the biggest hunting area in Ohio, and bow hunting will start soon. From a safety standpoint, I won’t run there once all the hunting seasons commence.

8 Mile Run Today


I ran after work today. It was hot and humid, but a breeze sprang up. I ran in the local park system, which is a nice asphalt bike trail. I really haven’t been on it much since my heavy duty training last fall, as I was running 20 to 26 mile runs on it..and getting bored silly.

It was nice running on again, but I was getting bored after just two laps around the park. It was nice to admire all the flowers in bloom, but man, it’s just such familiar territory to me. I find it easier to run on the same roads than this bike trail. I guess it is because my roads are out farther in the country, I see people and more nature-deer, turkeys, sometimes a fox darting across the road.

Day off

I was really tired after yesterday’s run, a bit puzzled to be so whipped. I’ve come home from running that same loop and felt fine. So I didn’t turn the alarm clock on, and when I woke up, it was pouring rain. A sign I wasn’t going to get out for an early run.

I ended up spending the day with my husband, going shopping, having lunch out, more shopping, and home to do some much needed cleaning. I decided to take the entire day off from working out to make sure I really don’t overtrain.

Chick Run at Mohican


We had a blast. We ran the “orange loop” part of the Mohican 100 race course. It was just the three women, Cheryl, Nancy and myself. Nancy had just ran her first 50K at the Buckeye Trail, where I met her. Cheryl had volunteered at one of the aid stations for the Mo Race and was training for her first 50K, the Youngstown 50K Race.

The weather was great, in the 80’s but not bad in the woods. I’m back to triple appreciating the great trails at Mohican, after running in WV and in Salt Fork State Park, it was so nice to be on the smooth dirt path of Mohican! It seemed like I spent much more time not watching the trail and gazing around the beautiful woodland.
Nancy was much happier about the trail too than her first ultra experience. I think she now understands she picked a very tough race for her first 50K, and not all trails are like that one!

The girls did great on the run too. I yelled at them just once, they were running up a small hill at the start of the run-I had already started walking that one. We had a great time talking and laughing, it was a nice change of dynamics with other women. I ran first about the first half, and then let Nancy go ahead, because I wanted her to get her own pace, what she was comfortable running at. It turns out the three of us were pretty well paced, and stayed pretty close together the whole run.

The last part of the run is down by the river, where there was a bad flash flood in July. There were many trees down, we had to climb over about 10 or so. At least 10 or 15 trees had already been cut and cleared from the trail. I will be monitoring the
Mohican Trails Club to see when they have another work day on the trails scheduled. It’s hard work, but I use the trails and like to give back.

Just another great run in paradise!

Injury Update

Or not much of an update. I took today off from running, actually slept in til 7am, nirvana for me. I will do a core workout tomorrow, no cardio planned. My groin injury is small but niggling. I will run different hills next Wednesday and see if that makes a difference. I think it’s weird that I have only had pain on these certain sections of road. It seems that I overtrain so enthusiatically sometimes that it catches up with me. The last thing I want/and or need is an overuse training problem. I am a big fan (nowadays) of the “it’s better to be 10% undertrained than 1% overtrained” league. I know about that. I was overtrained for my first 50K and didn’t allow for enough recovery time between the Las Vegas Marathon and the 50K ( 13 days.) I have to allow for my body recovery. I have to allow for the fact that I can’t compare myself to others and their recovery (although it’s hard not to compare)and go by what my body feels like. I read about others and try really hard not to compare my schedule/workout to others.

I have two other females running with me at Mohican on Saturday! Hurray! 90 degrees! It will seem like race day! I am planning on seeding water on the course in two areas, I hope we can some more folks out to run!

It’s my Groin!


The pain I have been having, I have finally been able to identify-it’s my groin muscle! And more specifically, it’s the.adductor longus,
“Of these three, it is Adductor Longus that is most susceptible to injury, and the most common place of injury on Adductor Longus is the point at which the muscle and tendon attach to the femur (thigh) bone”.

That’s it exactly. It came back today on my hill run, which I cut short. I still have the pain. I’m relieved to have figured out what it is, before it gets any worse.
Now I have to figure out what to do about it.

My basket runneth over

My running basket, where I toss all the running related stuff..I need another basket.I probaly should sort out the Clif Bars from the zinc oxide and the Blister Shield. It might be easier to find stuff early mornings!

Notice the blaze orange duct tape. This is great to help ID your gear, especially for airports, if you have that ubiquitous black suitcase on wheels, I can spot my black case with the orange duct tape and be gone before you’ve turned over your luggage tag!