Did a little course recon today… and I mean just a little recon, only went out to mile marker 28 or so… about 3 miles into it as I parked right as the trail dives into the woods at MM 31. It’s kind of tough at the start with a good bit of up and down, sort of sharp changes in the trail, punchy little climbs and sort of steeper descents and a good bit of switch-backy sort of stuff too, all in the first 3 miles. I take some solace in the admission in the course description that the first half is tougher than the second half of the race, so lets hope it’s not like this for the entire race or else I will be in for a long slow day! I am glad that I got to check it out though as I have confirmed that my shoe choice is spot on: Mountain Masochist it shall be and I think it will be perfect for this course. I am packing my La Sportiva Crosslite 2.0’s in my drop bag just in case I end up needing another pair of shoes, but unless they get absolutely waterlogged, I plan to stick with the Montrails. I think the two handhelds (12 oz. Amphipod’s) will be good and probably stick with my North Face shorts as the little pockets for gels are just so awesome… I am not a big fan of the waist band, it’s a bit snug for me even in a size Large shorts, but otherwise they are perfect ultra shorts for me. Coolmax socks and a clean dry pair for changing into at the halfway AS and probably my National Guard singlet for a top. That way if I decide to go shirtless at any point the singlet will be easy to carry tucked in my shorts. I suppose I am as ready as I can get for now, as usual, undertrained, but will take this and build on it for the two big ones in the fall: Rock Creek Stump Jump 50k in Chattanooga, TN Oct 1st; and the WV Trilogy 50k at Spruce Knob the following weekend, Oct 7th. Good times.
Really good 10 miles at Charles Fork Lake with Clay and Birdman today.. I spent most of it off the back and alone, like normal… it’s ok, I had a good day and boy, the trails out there are really sweet. It was a little muddy and wet from yesterday’s rain, but still a great place to run. I like it because it is just all continuous singletrack with basically no climbing to speak of, maybe a little at the start of the loops, but after that it is nice curvy and rolling singletrack trail. I can’t wait to come back there, hopefully soon, but definitely this fall for sure! I definitely think the hour trip is well worth the trails up there. Last week until the KT50k… will likely get some sort of run in tomorrow morning and then just chill out with a few short runs around town this week leading into the race on Saturday. Hoping to improve my 50k and have a good solid day.
Got about 8 miles or so in today at the KSF… headed out from the pool lot and the sky opened up on me and I mean opened up! It poured the rain pretty much from start to finish of the run today, which didn’t really cause me to want to stop the run, but it was raining so hard I did end up deciding to cut it a little bit short and instead of going up through the camp ground, I just headed back to the car like a drowned rat. Supposed to go to Charles Fork Lake tommorrow with Clay and Birdman for a loop out there. I have never run out there before so it should be cool.
Did nothing today… absolutely nothing, unless you count office work and cutting my grass. Otherwise, I got out with Clay on Tuesday at KSF for a quick 5 up Teaberry and down Middle Ridge; then yesterday another tough hilly 5 at Coonskin Park with Clay, Birdman, and McCloud… nice run but really hot outside. I have all next week off so I hope to take advantage of the time to fine tune preps for the race next Saturday… getting excited thinking about it!
Actually, today I got my first mountain bike ride of the season in! You believe that? My FIRST ride in the KSF was today with Brian… felt quite good, very strong on the climbs, like I picked up where I left off last summer before I went to California in August… not to mention that I am almost 15 lbs lighter now too.. well at least 10! Got a 10k loop in with Clay, Birdman, and Megan on Friday at Little Creek Park… first time there this year too! Hoping to get a decent one in tomorrow morning as I end up the long holiday weekend.
Got out yesterday and ran about 9 miles or so in the Kanawha State Forest, felt pretty good, sweated a ton in the humid early summer heat of Appalachia.. then went out and did a bit less, around 7 today, not feeling quite as strong, but decent I guess. KT 50k is in just over 2 weeks! Will likely just keep running hard right up to the race and just hopefully keep on rolling through it and into the summer season, with eyes on the StumpJump 50K in Chattanooga on Oct 1st and the WV Trilogy 50K the following weekend. Hope to fill a few other races in the gaps there leading up to it… some 1/2’s etc… we will see what the calendar holds and go with it!
Nothing much to report on here… today I went out for my first physical activity since last Saturday’s Highland Sky race. Well, I have walked my dogs.. but that’s it until today. Nothing fancy or fast or anything like that, but did about 10 miles or so in the KSF with Clay, very pedestrian pace, even for me, and my hips were really aching from about half way into the run til the end. Oh, I sent in my entry for the Kanawha Trace Trail 50k just up the road from us on July 16th… should be a good one, hope to be a little better prepared for it. Would like to turn in a respectable time on the course, which doesn’t sound too tough, but as always we will see soon enough!
Following the Western States coverage so far via tweets from irunfar.com. Should start getting interesting here in a couple more hours. Either running or mountain bike riding tomorrow, likely riding with Brian so that will be my training for tomorrow, may even ride with him this evening, not for sure yet though.