Having the day off today, I was first planning on going to the gym and doing a climbing session. But then I checked the temperature and saw it was 54 degrees out! No way was I going to be cooped up inside on a day like this.
It was going to rain however, and I decided it was a good day to try out my REI eVent fabric rain jacket.
From REI: The women’s lightweight REI Kimtah women’s jacket with eVent™ fabric is a perfect spring and summer choice for active pursuits where windy, wet weather is a concern.
eVent fabric has a unique membrane structure that allows sweat vapor to quickly escape to the outside of the fabric No matter how hard you work, overheating is unlikely due to this Direct Venting™ technology And because you remain dry on the inside, the likelihood of an uncomfortable, post-exercise chill is eliminated. eVent technology works so efficiently, no pit zippers are needed; all seams are sealed for complete waterproof protection Windproof to 60 mph Fully adjustable brimmed hood features easy-to-use ripcord-style cinches
I am a big time sweater. When I don a jacket that is rain proof, I generally over heat.
I have worn this jacket just to work, so this was my first time out.
The temp was about 52 or 55. I wore a long sleeved capilene top, and then just the rain jacket on top, and my hydration vest over it.
So off I went. Lightly misting rain would turn into more heavy rain. I got a little warm about mile 2.5, but not overly hot. I was not sweating through this jacket. This was awesome. It was a little warm, when I was down on the low portions of the run, but I was not overheated. When I climbed, and the wind picked up, I was just fine.
I wore the jacket through the whole run. I think the temps dropped a degree or two when the wind increased. I was still fine in the jacket.
It does not appear that this jacket is available at REI any longer! It was not cheap. It was 159.00 . But if it appears to be a quality product and I benefit from it, then that is fine with me.
I had just turned the music on, on my Zune, about mile 8, and a car pulled up next to me. In the pouring rain.
“Aren’t you getting wet?” the old couple (with their little dog in a Santa vest) enquired.
I looked down at myself and said “Nope, I’m good. It’s a nice day out here.”
They offered me a ride! Which was, I believe, the first time anyone has done that. I cheerfully declined and wished them a Merry Christmas. How nice.
It was a great run. It felt easy. I remembered one different hill in my neighborhood, which led to me musing about some other back roads, with different hills. I did have to run about one mile on the state route, but that was okay. It was a different route, had not been on some of these back roads in a year or so.
I can get climbing in, at the gym, on the machine. But I still need the descent workouts for the legs, so I am searching for all the hills I can find, for both the climbing and descending. This will be another good route for training!
So we (the husband and I) took all three dogs to the vets for shots and stuff. We all lived through it, and then he dropped me off “in town” and I ran the back roads home, ten miles.
He comes upstairs. “Oh you’re back already.” He’s surprised.
“Yes. I’m faster these days” I smiled.
Respect is a word I thought about today. Specifically, respect for Hardrock. So many people did not get into the race. And I did. And I do not want to disrespect those runners, and the volunteers, for Hardrock 2012, by not being in the best shape of my life, and being ready, to the best of my ability, for the race.
Talk about a motivating factor.
I thought having Bradley Mongold pace me in MMT 2011 was a motivating factor. It was, very much so, but it’s nothing near the motivation I have for HR 2012.
I have ten pounds to lose by TWOT-The Wild Oak Trail 100, February 10. And I then want to lose another 10 pounds by July 1.
And yes, I can lose/afford to lose 10 pounds. I have plenty of fat around my midsection that does not need to be there. And the ten pounds past that? Yes, I can lose that also. Look at Olga. Look at what she cut out and carved her body into. So, I think 20 lbs are doable. But I just look at it, as I do in a race, in small, short increments. One aid station at a time. 5 lb goals at a time.
It’s not just weight loss, but that’s the easiest first item to address.
I have made additions to my vocabulary this week. Words like:
Before this week, I had no real reason to worry about scree. Or 5,000 feet climbs. Or whether I could breathe at all, at 14,000 feet.
I think I have finally gotten my jaw to close and wiped the drool off my chin.
I haven’t been writing on the blog since I have been busy surfing the web, looking at pictures, and giggling, thinking, whee, I will be the runner out there! And then more comprehension, with more reading, sinks in.Virginius Pass. Handies. Grant Swamp Pass. Talus. Scree.Glissading. Snow Steps. River crossings. A quote from some one’s race report: “This ain’t no EasyRock, this is Hardrock.”
Photo: Share a favorite photo from the past year. What was happening behind the scenes? What were you thinking or feeling? What could you smell, taste, hear at that moment?
This is a no brainer for me, as you can see, it’s also the current header for the blog. This is the view from the High Meadows Trail, around the Spruce Knob area of West Virginia. The pic does not do the valley or the views justice.
I remember bursting out into this meadow, from the woods, from the 2010 WV Trilogy-and being so amazed, and delighted with this view and beauty.
My enthusiasm did not change with the same trail in 2011. In fact, going through here, I was with three other runners, and the ones new to the High Meadows Trail also declared it was special.
I would love to backpack in and camp out here for a week or two. I could just sit, and read a book, and look up and savor the view. The colors, the peace, the sky, Mother Nature.
What do I feel when I bounce into this field? Joy. Amazement, happiness, joy. The Trail Goddess, happy on the same meadow, but in August, not October.
First I did start off with my Reverb 11. I saved this as a draft post, at 639 AM, as I was then off to Salt Fork to take a few pics and cheer on runners at the BigFoot 50K.
Reverb 11: 2012 Accomplishments: What 12 new things do you want to do/accomplish in 2012?
Being a goal oriented person and runner, this is pretty easy. 1. Finish 4 Loops of TWOT 2. Finish One Loop at the Barkley 3. Finish and improve my time at MMT 4. Get selected, get the time off work, and finish Hardrock! 5. Move my raised beds to a new location 6. Get to know a friend better 7. Lose 8 pounds by TWOT. it is sad that this would still be above my top range of healthy weight per WW.
I came back from Salt Fork, cleaned up, and drove up north for a Christmas Party. I behaved myself until I went to the restroom, and checked my phone walking back to the party.
It seemed I was SELECTED in the Hardrock 100 Lottery for 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So there are a few revisions to the list above:
1. Finish 4 Loops of TWOT 2. Finish One Loop at the Barkley 3. Finish and improve my time at MMT 4. Get selected, get the time off work, and finish Hardrock! 5. Move my raised beds to a new location 6. Get to know a friend better 7. Lose 8 pounds by TWOT. it is sad that this would still above my top range of healthy weight per WW.
I won’t be finishing this list today, as I am still stunned and dumbfounded.
My spring goal race, if I got in, was the Barkley Marathons. My goal (it’s still my goal) is to finish the Barkley. However, my goal for 2012 was to finish one loop-because you have to start somewhere. I have already been training for the possibility that I might get in the race, since the race is held April Fools Weekend.
I entered Hardrock lottery “because I could”. Hardrock is a graduate level ultra, and MMT is a qualifier. So I sent the application in. The odds were really against me, so I was not counting on this at all. People have been in the HR lottery for years and never get in.
So that’s why I am just stunned and amazed. And pumped.
Many people talk about WS$R being their ‘dream race’. Ever since I saw pictures of Hardrock, that has been my dream race.
Bob Combs told me, if I want to run Hardrock, I have to finish Massanutten. I did. Apparently it was all that easy (and lucky)!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh and the next best news? Many friends are also in. From NEO TC: Slim, Cam, Roy, and Bill. From VHTRC: Doug Sullivan and Kerry Owens, Steve and Deb Spero. (Maybe more, I’m still too discombulated to look closer right now.)
Okay, so I will post this, with my 6 Accomplishments for 2012. I’m sure there will be more, but my brain is fried. In a very good way.