Monthly Archives: August 2008

My Run Today

It was a beautiful day for a run today. I got out around 10am, before I fiddled-faddled away my motivation. This was an “around the block” on roads around my area.

I ran down into the valley. This used to be my normal 4 mile route. It’s the flattest area around!
This is going up about a 1/2 mile gradual hill.
This route has some good climbs, many rolling ups and downs like this.
This is by a farm. Notice anything funny about this Amish buggy?
Yes, it has rubber tires on it. This is actually an “English” farm (which means non-Amish.) The farmer that owns this buggy actually uses some of the Amish technology, including plowing fields with horse and plow. This means he can get some ground turned over when it may still be too wet for an “English” tractor.
As you can see, I live in the country. Beautiful views and beautiful countryside.

Almost home!
Nice view. We own all the land you see to the left, and more on the right.
I checked on the ponies’ water supply while I was out. The drought we are in has the horse trough losing water. It’s fed by a natural spring, but it hasn’t rained here but once in August. The ponies are not ours, they belong to a local Amish man, we are renting the pasture out. Not that we think he’ll default on his rental agreement, but I made sure to look at late rent notice templates like you can find here on AAOA to ensure we’ll be covered in case he does. If the water continues to drop in the trough the horses will need to be moved.

At least one pony had enough sense to be in the cooler barn than the sun~!

My girl waiting for me!

10.50 miles, very nice run in nature today. Everything felt good!

Laboring on the weekend

Whew time to rest finally. Busy day. After getting the dogs walked, I looked at my husband and informed him it was time to start cutting up the pine tree that has been laying in the yard since the June storm. So we spent an hour cutting limbs, him cutting, me hauling limbs away. We got about half the tree cut up before the chain came off the chain saw and we called it quits for the day. Now we have many pine limbs laying about. Next job will be renting a wood chipper…

I then made white bean soup (it’s chilled, and fabulous!!) and then salsa from my garden. This is like heaven on earth. The funny thing is, I made the salsa, and tasted it. Something was missing. Oh yeah, the jalapenos! I had been fawning so much over my tasty tomatoes I forgot that other ingredient, so back to the garden I went.

A few hours later, I did a 2 mile jog around the property, looking to see what I could follow on our property for running. I can get around a 2 mile loop, more if I can do some brush hogging and branch clearing. I then came inside to the AC and did two more miles on the treadmill-that seemed effortless after the bushwhacking jog!

The Runners Roundtable

I was privileged to be a guest on a new podcast, called the Runners Roundtable. This is a group of runner podcasters who have gotten together to chat via Talkshoe. The show is done live. There is also a chat room, so follow the link and sign up and chat with other runners!

I believe this show will happen every Wednesday at 4pm EST. This is pretty cool way of using new media to bring the running community closer together.

Allegheny Trail Speed Attempt

Ha, you know it was not “I” attempting any sort of a speed attempt..

No, this is Bradley Mongold and Adam Casseday, of the
West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners, two very accomplished and fast runners going for the record on the Allegheny Trail.

The Allegheny Trail is a hiking trail that passes through the Allegheny Mountains, mostly through West Virginia.

The northern terminus of the Allegheny Trail is near Bruceton Mills, West Virginia at the Mason-Dixon Line, which here represents the boundary between West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The trail ends at the Appalachian Trail on Peters Mountain on the Virginia-West Virginia border.

This is not the rail trail that runs from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. This is real trail, sometimes very very poorly marked. This trail goes up and down mountains. It’s somewhere between 280-320 miles long. Some of the trail is in areas that have been clear cut and any trail blazes are long gone.

Mongold and Casseday have been planning this adventure for over a year. Their date of destiny begins August 28 at 6 am. Follow their journey here!

Cheat Mt Moonshine Madness Race Report


I chortled and giggled out loud as I came up with this on my way to Aid Station 4 for the dreaded DNF. Yes, the DID NOTHING FAST lead right to the DID NOT FINISH.

But I digress.

I got down to the 4H Camp in Beverly around 3 pm, where we had a grand time trying to rest up under the trees. It was fun to have time to just sit around and chat, yet very hard just waiting for that 9 pm starting time! In talking to Bradley Mongold about the Allegheny Trail Speed Attempt I also met Rebecca Trittipoe, who holds the speed record on the Allegheny Trail. Rebecca did this run, solo, with no previous knowledge of the trail except the Alleghey Trail Guidebook. I was very impressed with her cojones!

The race got off to a prompty 9 pm start in the dark. The fast! pack went out down the dirt road, and I found myself alone in the back. Not a big deal, I needed to run my own pace.

The first 4 or 6 miles or so seems to go through Redneckville. Lots of barking dogs, which being the last runner through, I hoped were still caged up. A few random vehicles going up and down the dirt road also made me a bit nervous.
The climb began almost immediately. Ugh! It was a non stop gradual climb up over about 12 miles. It was on a dirt gravel road. It seemed like it would never end.
I was totally alone out there, and fine with that, except for the mile or so with the baying coon or bear dogs treeing something, and I could hear mens voices in the woods.
I need to learn how to walk uphill fast. Gombu had tasked me to do this last year about this time, and have I been practicing it? Nope.

I did get to an area where the tree cover fell away, and the sky opened up. I turned off my headlamp briefly to look up and see the black black sky and all the twinkling stars. Then I noticed I was walking into the ditch and thought I should get back to my task at hand.

What was the trail marked with? The trail was marked very well with flourescent markers about 1 foot tall. Your light would catch these and it looked like a day glow stick. There were also glow sticks that were activated out on the course.

After Aid Station 2, I was instructed to follow the Christmas lights onto the trail…TRAIL!! Finally! I started down the cushy mossy trail, gave out a WOOHOO happy to be off the climb and the dirt road.

This section of trail is very overgrown with pine trees. The trail is defined here, but around your shoulder level, the pine trees have grown into the trail. It’s hard then to see down to your feet, and as this section went on, I’m sure many of us runners have a nice rash due to the repeated brushings with the pine needles!

I switched on my second light here. I was carrying a second headlamp, which I wrapped around my hand held bottle. This helped illuminate the trail better. This was still slow going. Most of my night trail runs are on the Mohican Trails that I am familiar with. With this race, an unknown trail, you have no idea what your next foot ahead of your light is going to be. I almost went into a big swampy puddle before quickly jumping to the right to circumnavigate the mosquito breeding ground.
I really enjoyed the single track. It was very still in the forest. No tree frogs here, so no chirping.

So when was I going to get to AS # 3? It was only five or 5.5 miles. I brought my watch up and was shocked to see it was 1.30 am already. Where had my time gone? If I didn’t get to AS#3 soon, my 3am cutoff at AS # 4 was going to come into play.

Crikey, I didn’t come into AS # 3 until 2 am! Mongold was here. He told me it was 5.5 miles until AS#4 and the 3 am cut off. He was being positive “well, if you really push it…” I laughed and said “I dont’ think so!” but I was going to continue on and enjoy my journey. At AS #4 were the drop bags, where I had dry clothes, so it made sense to go on and time out there and have clothes available.

I had plenty of time to reflect on why I was so slow. Was it the big climb, that I was so slow out? Certainly a night trail run on single unknown track I was slower than normal. Could most of it revolve around the extra 25 lbs I am carrying around my waist? I think it’s the last. I need to lose weight, step out of my slow comfort slog of running to get faster.

I finally reach AS#4, one hour after the cut off. I hear Joel yell “is that Kim? And I reply, yes it is I. He says I am past the cut off. I cajole them (jokingly!!) to let me go on. At my current rate of speed, I should finish the race by Tuesday or so! I hurriedly changed into my dry clothes, had some wonderful soup made by Soup Master Willie (and a cup of his nice ale!) and warmed up by the fire.

A nice crew member took me back to the finish, and I slept in my vehicle for two hours before the ride home. I’m pleasantly tired again now, after another 2 hour nap.

The inaugural race was nicely planned, the markings were excellent, the Aid Stations Rocked!! It was a good time out in the woods of West Virginia!

Cheat Mountain Moonshine Madness is Tonight!

This is the inaugural running of the latest WV Mountain Trail Runner’s Races. Tonight at 9pm, we run the 50 miler! Race is limited to 100 entrants, and the list is now at 95. There are some notable names on the entrants list too, as this race is working out nicely as a training run for folks training for the Grindstone 100 Mile in October.

I slept in this morning til 7 am. I’m going to pack my vehicle and head out in a couple of hours. It’s about a 4 hour drive to Beverly for me. Then I am hoping to take a nap for a few hours, and just rest until the race meeting at 8pm.

I’ve bought brand new batteries for all my assorted lights. I will have spare lights in my drop bag, along with some spare clothing in case I get chilled out there.
I won’t carry my camera, as it will be darkness and won’t be much of a chance for pics.
I will probably have a post race report late Saturday or Sunday!

Fried Green Tomatoes

Yes, I made fried green tomatoes for dinner tonight. They were, well, okay. I guess I can understand why people like them. The tartness and sweetness of the tomato came through the fried cornmeal batter. But I don’t fry very well. Perhaps this is a dish that I need to taste “down south” where they really know how to fry.

I didn’t work out today. I walked a mile on the treadmill yesterday, and then stretched well, for 10 minutes. I think I will walk and stretch Wednesday and Thursday. I think the knot in my quad is gone, and my hamstrings feel better. Plus, I need to rest. THIS is Friday night!!

The race doesn’t start til 9pm. That is my bedtime! I’m going to be fighting hills and sleepiness from moment one! At least it will be fun. And I believe we won’t get the “remnants” of Fay.

It’s a 50 mile race, with a 13 hour cutoff. I’m a bit concerned about making the cutoffs, but I will give it my best effort. The plan was to lose weight this summer, but it hasn’t happened in time for Cheat, so if I get timed out, that’s my own damn fault.

My taper plan is to eat well and rest this week. I took Friday off from work, so I can drive down to Beverly (outside of Elkins) leisurely, eat a good lunch and maybe bring dinner with me, and then get 1-2 hour nap somewhere away from the other runners. I know once I show up at race HQ the whole sleep thing will be off.

This is a WV Mountain Trail Runner Race. Each Aid Station was given $$ and told to buy their stuff. And these are AS that know what they are doing, so I am expecting good and varied food at each AS. The only problem with running a club event is, spending too much time in the AS!!