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!
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!