Monthly Archives: October 2007

Running with Scissors Part Two

I stopped for a bathroom break on the orange, and when I emerged from the treeline, I heard a “Is that Kimba??” being yelled. It was Elizabeth aka E-speed out for her first Mohican run. Right behind her is my old friend Rob “Buckeye” Powell making sure E-speed didn’t get lost on the loop! We’re almost to the Covered Bridge for a refuel break, and Frank, another BR and Mo veteran joins us. It’s quite the merry band as we head on the blue loop (hereafter to be referred to as the Purple Loop in honor of Colleen Theush, our longtime Mohican supporter/historian/cheerleader extranadoire.)

It’s always fun to run the blue loop with people, and Cory joined us also, then went back to get more runners. Bob Combs, Race Director of the YUT-C 50K and Tonya Cady, Race Director of the Winter Buckeye Trail 50K caught up to us. It was nice to chat with these two again.

We’re done pretty quickly with the Blue Loop, cuz it’s only four miles long, then head for the long section, the Red-Green Section, which is 21 miles. We head up the biiig hill on the Red, that everyone hates, and get lots of comments about the blow downs (trees!) on the trail. This is a section that will be changed next year, to follow the Mountain Bike Trail.
Bob ends up running with Mike and I for the rest of the race. This was great, because Bob is a really good runner, and I’ve never gotten to spend much time with him (cuz he’s usually long gone!). Bob is thinking of running Mohican, and wanted to scope out the trails. He’s another trail lover, and doesn’t like to run roads.

Mike has been talking about his pilot friend Tyler, who is supposed to drive up from Columbus to meet and run with Mike for a little bit, and sure enough, Tyler has made his way out on the trail to meet up with us! This is really funny to me, cuz I know all about Tyler, aka “Jetpack” since I have listened to his podcasts and heard all about him also through Zen and the Art of Triathalon I already knew he had just finished Ironman Wisconsin!

There are alot of horses out on the trails today. In fact, this is the most horses I have seen out here, and we runners are trying to be courteous as we keep leap frogging with the horses. I stopped for a bathroom break, as Tyler tried to find a dry spot to ford the creek. Bob and Mike took it all in stride to soak their calves as they waited.

Tyler wasn’t planning on spending all this time out on the trail, so when we crossed a major road intersection, I directed him up it to get back to his car. I didn’t mention the big huge steep uphill (well he didn’t ask) and actually my estimate of 2-3 miles was more like 4-5 miles….hey he’s an IRONMAN should be no problem!!!

Mike is fading a bit after this. I offer him Advil and he remembers an Energy Shot he’s been carrying..Wow, 10 minutes after that, he’s off rather briskly. Bob is still in great shape, and just goading the two of us on. I actually am just really tired. Nothing hurts (important!!) and mentally, my normal trail attitude is still there.

I have to take another bathroom break less than 1/4 mile from the CB finish…so I came DFL…okay by me…actually Bob Drake’s DNF report was the best!

After running for…almost 11 hours, we opt to drive our cars to the shelter at the top of the hill instead of tromping up the hill as originally planned. Roy is waiting for the only two 52+ runners, Regis and Gabe, as the rest of us have dropped at the 60K mark, since it would be dark and cold and frankly, we’d ran enough!

Thanks to Roy for putting on a really nice race, we’ll do it again next year!

Running With Scissiors 2007 Part One

This Sunday was just beautiful, it was in the 40’s when we started…
My alarm did not go off, so I awoke at 3`15 am (I meant to get up at 3 am) but I was out the door at four. A good thing, as my road is still on a detour. I had a horse in the road (not expecting that!!!) and six deer just 6 miles on my way out of town!!

No worries I pull in at the CB at 605 to a huge hug from Mikey. We’re up for the 1/2 mile hike uphill to the shelter where Roy is kicking off the run. (We’re doing loops so I know the CB is the best place to leave your vehicle.)

Mike and I recieve the pre-race speech from RD Obi-Wan Roy Heger…I know the course so I don’t need the as much instructions as others…
Well maybe we look like we’re sleeping, but we’re just ready to get out of there~!

Mike and I leave just ten minutes off our scheduled time of 630 am. We have a blast running on the orange loop by ourselves, catching up on each others lives. Mike and I run about the same pace (Mike’s actually faster but I think he hangs with me) which is probably good for his long races. At mile marker 2, which is almost to the Campground, we run into a confused runner. I am confused, because I am pretty sure it’s Ron Ross…Mohican finisher 12 times…but Ron’s got lost on the orange loop here…We take Ron with us, on the short downhill to the Campground A. Since this is a switchback, we hear runners above us…oh no, we are getting caught!! By runners that started 1 hour after us!!! It’s Gabe and Reg, my ultra running neighbors (next towns over) and Ted, who have steered this two straight! I am amused at how Mo veterans are getting so lost on the trails. It’s a good thing Mike is sticking with the Trail Goddess-I know my Mo trails 4 seasons out!

No blisters!

Huh? I ran Roy’s “Running with Scissors” FA yesterday at Mohican. We ran about..40 miles. 4 water crossings, one pair of socks and shoes (Injinjis.) No blisters for me!

What did I do different? No tape. Aquaphor on my toes, I tried a Bursatek bandaid on my one heel area that usually develops blisters (it didn’t hold with all the wetness.) But I did wear my Dirty Girl Gaiters the whole run!! Did that help keep all the tiny pebbles and sand out of my shoes? It was the only new thing I did yesterday.

Race report later today!

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Cold Rain

Brr, the cold rain that started the cold front last night drove me inside.. to the gym, where my gym owner berated me for being absent for so long…hey I’ve been outside running..I did a 5K on the elliptical, I just love that machine. I turn the iPod on, and zone out…I don’t even need to worry about falling off it, unlike the treadmill.

I wanted to get some shout outs though!! Congratulations to Kurt O winner of the Presque Isle 12 Hour Race! held this past weekend in Erie Pa. Kurt is one of the running regulars in NEO; I first met Kurt on the Cleveland FA way back in January 6 2007. The last time I saw Kurt, he (seriousl) ran through our Aid Station at the Burning River 100-we never saw such a runner, so focused on finishing (as he did!)

My good friend,
Tom ended up just one mile behind Kurt at the race-he has a great race report on his My Space account- congrats to you both. I think a 1 mile loop course is very tough mentally when the elements get tough on you.

I am finally looking forward to “Scissors” this Sunday.

I did it!

I meant to run right after work…but discovered I did not have running shoes with me. Everything else, but no shoes. And I’m no Barefoot Ted. So I went to the grocery store, came out, fought off the ennui that always ensues when I contemplate working out at home these days, changed clothes, and got off for a run!

This was a four mile “around the block” on roads yes roads, I do run them, it’s not my choice, but neccessary. Our state road is currently closed since they are working on a bridge–I just love closed roads to run on!!

Buckeye Trail Run

We went to Cleveland for the weekend, we had a veterans group get together in Hudson Ohio. That meant I was right by the Buckeye Trail…after lunch on Saturday, I excused myself for a nice run. For some reason, I wanted to run from Boston Store to Pine Lane. Gosh, it was a gorgeous day for a run. I was hoping to maybe run into some trail folks out there, but it being Saturday afternoon, I figured all the trail runners had been out and early! Much later I remembered Presque Isle and the Columbus Marathon going on this weekend too..

I was soo glad I got out for a run. I hadn’t run all week long, mainly due to social and business events taking place after work, and actually was pretty exhaused when we hit the hotel room Friday night. I was hoping a nice trail run would revive me! and of course it did. The leaves are prettier, right now, in the Cleveland area, than down my way (south of Cleveland). Such pretty yellows out there! The camera really could not do it justice. It was warm out Saturday also! But so windy too, that I was not getting over heated. Pine Lane needs a water source though. I carried one hand held (I think it’s about 4 miles to Pine Lane from Boston Store?) and it would have been nice to refill about there.

On my way out to Pine Lane, I spotted this poor little turtle-on his back!!!-on the trail. I turned him over, to save his life. And then I noticed, he was a snapping turtle. A wee snapping turtle! He was the size of a half-dollar. Oh great! Now what to do? Flip him back over? I can’t do that, I just changed his life-but he’s a snapping turtle. I just continued on my run. I hope no one’s dogs encounters this turtle when he’s bigger, if he gets bigger!! What a strange creature to encounter.

YOu know, I believe I have only run this section of trail about three times-yet I have such strong memories of it. The winter Buckeye Trail 50K, where Mike and I were just bounding by runners, with our screwed shoes; the summer Buckeye 50K, where it was muddy and slick. I was getting ready to turn around, when I literally recognized the trail coming up to Pine Lane, and knew it was only another 100 meters away. And of course, what northern Ohio runner doesn’t recognize this picture: these are the pine trees, as I understand it from local folklore, that the Girl Scouts planted 50 years ago? It’s a nice pine corridor-full of pine roots. If the roots weren’t there, it would be a great soft, pine needle corridor. Instead, it’s one of those sections where you don’t take your eyes off the trail for a second lest ye become part of the trail.

I returned to Boston Store; my leg did not hurt at all, I had tried to leave several demons on the trail-that didn’t work so well, but I tried- and I was ready to go back to the veterans hospitality room for a celebratory beer for a carb afterwards.
It’s really nice to have such a nice trail, right within the urban center, to run on. It’s too bad the highways are right near by, that to me is the only mar, you don’t have have the quiet trail noises, just the highway sounds.