Nice run at Mohican Sunday, perfect conditions. We ran the purple loop first, which is 4 miles, then the orange loop which was 17 miles if you include the Grist Mill. Regis and Gabe, despite running 34 miles on Saturday, shot off to an early lead with Ted and Mikey running right with them. I had a nice run with the rest of the gang-Michelle, Don, Rob, Chris, and Ron until about 2 miles into the orange loop where I dropped back to watch the trail bunnies take off!
I was feeling very good out there. I did make one stupid error-I forgot to pick up my handheld water bottle, so I was being careful with the water out there. Knowing the trail as well as I did, I knew where I was, and when I could drain the water bottle.
Ron ran with me the entire time, and we had a great time. Ron is going to pace Chris for the 100, so it was good to talk all sorts of race stuff out there. The orange loop is also the mountain bike trail, and this was the busiest I have seen the trail, as the mountain bikers have their 100 Mile Race next weekend.
At the Campground A, I told Ron I didn’t want to run the mile or so down to the Gristmill. I was getting tired, and my ankle was a bit sore. I was wearing new trail shoes-Montrail Nitrus, but I think the sore ankle was more from the 28 miles on the road on Saturday. So we took the shorter distance, about 15 miles for the orange loop back to the Covered Bridge.
A good run for me, and the last long run before the race I am sure. (I’m working the next two weekends.) I do have an idea of time it will take me to run the purple and orange loops, and it was good to run it on tired legs.
The tan lines are just becoming ridiculous. Now I have “skirt lines” on my thighs. And a big white splotch on my wrist where the Garmin sat.
28.28 miles whee!! I’m cooked. Toasted a little too much in the sun. Ran out of water both ways (I ran to a neighboring town, Gnade, and back.) Next time I run this route I will have to seed water along the way.
Maybe a longer report tomorrow. I’m going to bed here soon, we have a run at Mohican in the morning!
I’ve been thinking about the Laurel Highlands Trail on some of my runs lately. This was the site of our FA last November, where I dropped at 38 miles, alot due to my excercised induced asthma. I really want to get back over there for a run on the whole trail again-70 miles.
I am thinking of doing this in July. Depending on work (I shouldn’t be working weekends by then) I am thinking of doing this probably the same time as the Buckeye Trail 50K. ( I want to run the Rattlesnake 50K in WV the weekend before more.)
Anyone up for a FA 70 miler on the Laurel Highlands Trail in PA in July? I can guarantee no snow this time!
Just crowing about my garden. We got the raised beds tilled up-man we have nice dirt. We work hard at it. We have 8 raised beds. One bed is always reserved as the compost pile-we dump all compostables into it-coffee grounds and filters, all non-meat food wastes (dogs eat any meat wastes). I will usually dump some grass clippings in. When we fish in the pond, any small blue gill fish we catch go into it. Any fish parts when we clean fish go into the compost (buried deep!).
Before the garden work, I did get an hour run in after work. It was a Cavewoman run, forgot all my gadgets but the Zune. Legs didn’t warm up for about two miles, due to running on asphalt.
Okay, it’s part of my old trail.. My little trail which runs around the top of a hill and a golf course..Regis and Rich have been telling me this trail was longer, but I never saw the branch off until today.. And I was off on it like a flash! New single track! The way the rose bushes were growing across it, and the deer feet imprints, not heavily travelled upon! I found a new 1.5 mile loop..and I didn’t even explore all the other jeep trails, (and deer trails) I saw going about. I am stoked. I can add some mileage on this little 3 mile loop I had previously.
All the crap from work melted away, and I got the happy endorphins from running!
And this is a doozy. We talk to laz himself. Yes, Gary Cantrell, the Race Director of the Strolling Jim, the Vol State Race, and the Barkley Marathon. Cruise over to www.trailsandtribulations.com and give it a listen. It was really fun to talk to Gary.
What a good turn out. Mike has the picture; we had 15-19 folks out for the evening road portion. This was the ten miles of the beginning of the race, from Mohican Wilderness Campgrounds, to Rock Point, where you turn off for the trails. Then, you almost follow the same way back, on the roads, from miles 90 to the finish.
The rain began almost immediately as we walked up the first big hill. It was pretty warm, and we were climbing up and down hills, so it wasn’t so bad. As lights came on, the rain got harder. Bullet was running with me and Ron at this point, as we ran by an intersecting road..he commented ” I always want to turn there..” well, sure enough, we should have listened to him, because we went a litte ways out of the way! Mike dropped back to run with Ron and I, and Bullet disappeared off into the distance. We hit Rock Point, had some snacks and refilled water bottles, and turned for the last ten miles. Somewhere in here Ron admitted he was hurting. We could tell, from his gait, that something had been hurting for quite some time. So we soldiered on with Ron, Mike and I chatting to distract Ron and keep ourselves going. It was really starting to get cold with about 4 miles to go, and getting windy. I finally put on my long sleeved shirt that I had tied around my waist, since, even wet, it should help a little bit. About one mile further, a car passed us, turned around, and came up behind us. We thought it was our friend Roy, checking on us. Then a guy got out of the car and whistled. We all turned. He yells “are you with the church group?” Mike jogs back a few feet, telling him no, we’re training for the 100 mile run. Ron and I go on, since it’s cold, raining and we can’t afford to stand around and lose body heat. We slow up in a few minutes, because Mike’s not back yet. He finally comes running up to us, saying he had a confrontation with this guy! This guy told him, we shouldn’t be out running around on the roads in the middle of the night, he’s going to get his dad to change the race course, etc etc!! We couldn’t believe it. (And interesting, we find out the same guy accosted runners last year, in about the same place!!) This gives us something to talk about for a little while, and then we start up the big hill, and Mike makes us play the grocery store word game ” I went to the grocery store and bought..avocado, bananas, cantelope..” Each person has to repeat all the other things bought and add their own. Try this after running 4 hours in the rain! We finally get back to Mohican Wilderness and take showers before collapsing in the tent!
Saturday May 10
Another great turn out. 20 or more runners?? We run the purple loop first. This is a short 4 mile which takes up climbing up beside one waterfal and then down another waterfall. Bullet takes one for the team and slips spectacularly! on the first slick wooden bridge we cross. Ooops! It’s slick out there! We then run the red-green sections, which is about 21 miles. I am running with Cheryl at this point. Mike also drops back and runs with us. He’s having serious motivational issues on being there, so I just keep pressing him forward-and feeding him all my food! It was a great day on Saturday. Nice cool weather. It was a slow day on the trails due to the muddiness, but I felt strong. Knees and quads started to really stiffen up toward the end, but hey, after 40 miles of mileage, that could be expected.
Sunday May 11
Yes, it’s a blurry picture. I blame the rain!
The rain began at 730am when I arrived at the Covered Bridge. Only about ten of us started on this loop-3 runners bailed on even starting. I was having second thoughts too. I knew of a few places where I could cut the run short, and even told Roy not to look for me, I’d probably take a short cut back. The woods were not fully leafed enough to keep the rain off us. And it was coming down. And it was cold. I was moving very slowly, and decided I did not want to endure another five hours of this. I told Cheryl I was bailing at the first shortcut, and my Sunday total was 4-5 miles! But it was worth it being home eating hot spaghetti at lunchtime!
It was a good training weekend. But there was no heat involved! I think this could be another typical spring for Mo, cold spring, little heat acclimation, then BOOM! week of race, up to our normal 80 degree weather!