Monthly Archives: February 2012


Well, finally.

It’s time to go.

The weather has changed a bit.

It seems Saturday night might be a little cool. Especially on top of the mountains, late.

So I have adjusted the clothing options, for Saturday night, Loop 3. As in, wearing more.

I hope this does not turn into an epic adventure.   Really.

Still Waiting!!

I am having a great Monday off work.

This morning, I assembled my food for four 25 mile loops of running.  This was all the pre-purchased food items: candy bars, maltodextrin, cashews, cookies.

  I will still need to buy lunch meat for sandwiches and a few McDonald’s pies (each pie has 240 calories and 34 grams of carbs!  exciting for an ultra-runner looking exclusively for calories, but I would not touch them in the off-running mode with a ten foot pole!!!)

All the food for each loop went into a bag with clothing assembled for each loop.

Loop One is a no brainer. I will be back to the vehicle (AKA the Aid Station) in the daylight.

Loop Two starts in daylight, and then I will be back to the vehicle in the wee hours of Saturday night. So the light is tucked into Drop Bag #2, with some optional warmer clothing needs.

Loop Three-I will be back to the vehicle around 1 AM or 3 am Saturday morning. This, to me, will be the Victory Loop. The hardest loop to start, in the middle of the night. I am going to throw my Zune into my bag just in case I need a carrot for the loop, possibly alone, in the night.

Loop 4 will be a daylight start, and should be easier than Loop Three, as it will be the last loop. I shall see. Lots can happen during a 100 mile run.

I spoke of running alone, and this might happen. Or it might not.

I may have the company of my awesome MMT pacer, Bradley Mongold, for my first loop. And fellow WVMTR/VHTRC member Paul (Wonderboy) may join me at some point on the course later.

Paul Lefelhocz, from NEO TC, is also running the 100 miles, and I don’t know what direction he is planning on starting from.

I got a great 4 mile run around the block. 44 minutes spot on; this included running up all the hills except the most steep hill-so 98% running of the course. It was no big effort to run up the hills that I normally walk on-awesome.

Tomorrow I work the late shift, so the idea is to sleep in as late as possible and lounge around until leaving for work. That technically will be my sleep hours banked, as Wednesday is an early work day.

Thursday I have a dental cleaning visit scheduled at 8 am-so much for sleeping in that day!

Again-is it Thursday yet??


I feel like a tightly wound spring.  I am coiled, drawing energy within me, waiting to release it.

No, it’s not so much “the taper” as  I have not tapered down for this event.  I did revise my hill repeats of the past Thursday, and bagged it after three, just getting 8 miles in for that day. My longest run was last weekend, 18 miles on sloppy trails at CVNP.

I won’t run a if any..I hope to get a run in on Monday.  I leave for my event on Thursday.  (Run is daybreak Friday.) So I guess I am tapering..

Am I ready for this? As much as I could be. I know exactly what I am getting into. I’ve ran this 25+ mile loop (ONCE) last year.  Lots of climb, lots of descent.

And it is loops.  That, in itself, is the most dangerous game.

I am looking forward to starting Loop Three. That is almost the Victory Loop. Meaning, if when I start Loop 3, there is no turning back. 

Looking at my prepared splits, on my Loop Three, that will start in the wee hours of Sunday morning. I’m going to have make sure I have the prepared idea of some nice food and beverage to fuel up with, and keep going, for Loop Three.  I’m going to be buying some instant Starbucks Coffee, and some soups, that I can use the JetBoil with, to instantly heat water.  So while noodles are cooking, and coffee is brewing, I can change any clothing needs, nibble on cookies, eat some hot soup, and then get the hell back out there.

The loop is totally self supported. I’m still trying to figure out how to carry my maltodextrin, with only one water source on the course to hydrate at. If that is my biggest problem, that is great.

This whole event is a training run in itself, to test out gear; to test out myself; to test out a bit of elevation here on the East Coast.  This can no way simulate HR conditions, but being a self-supported run, it has to bring out some cojones.

The weather forecast is looking GREAT.   Okay, figure a bit colder on top of the ridges, but now I am making sure I have S! Caps for each loop, and enough water for each loop.

Is it Thursday yet?

A Brief Respite

Today the weather gods gifted us a mild day here in Ohio.

This was not “early spring” or the ‘beginning’ of anything.  It was just a freak day.

I think we will all take it.

I got out of work at 515 pm, the temperature was 61 degrees F.

By the time I got to Salt Fork, with the idea of just some time on the dirt road, it was 59.

59 degrees was still glorious.  I dumped my clothes into the parking lot, and chose the running shorts, instead of tights.  One long-sleeved shirt, I was good to go.

On my fast walk to Forest Road 51, I realized I didn’t have a light, in the rapidly gloaming. I didn’t care. I was staying on the dirt road.

My Garmin died before I hit the start of the dirt road. I didn’t care. I was planning on running down FR 51, to FR 52, and turn around at the bottom, and run back. I did have my Zune with me, so I decided to just run for time. I started at 1756.

These back roads at SF are just dirt/gravel roads, undulating hills.  FR 52 leads you to the valley.  I decided to run for 20 minutes down, then turn back.

As I ran, into the dusk, I realized how tense I was. I don’t have the same stresses at work that my old position has, but there are stresses, in different ways.  I could feel myself relaxing.  Slim’s QOTD came to mind:

“People lose tension when they run.

The feeling of self respect will almost always increase.

You accept yourself a little more.”

-Ted Corbitt
 It was rapidly turning darker as I turned.  I amused myself by running more of the uphills on the way back. It was 20 minutes downhill, 21 minutes uphill. Not bad.

As I turned onto the bridle path, my shortcut back to the car, my path brightened considerably as Van Morrison’s “Moondance” came on, low, on the Zune.  It was nice to see Mr. Moon, in half-glory, peak out from the clouds to give me a low light back to my vehicle.

Shorts on the last day of January. I will take it!