On somewhat short notice, I got together with Slim and Cam, and Kate for a little tour of Raccoon Creek State Park in Pennsylvania. This is just outside of the Pittsburgh area, and just a few miles inside the state line from WV/OH.
It would get dark on us for the loop, and I brought along two new lights, a Fenix handheld and a Petzl. I also wore my gear that I believe I will start MMT in.
This was a nice little loop in the park, very runnable conditions. Of course, once the sun went down, your world gets reduced to the 3 feet circle you live in. So I can't say I saw alot of the park.
I fell twice. The first time was in the first two miles of our run. I hit something unknown and boom, went down hard, on the same side and spot as I fell during the marathon on Saturday, adding yet more filth to my already dirty hydration pack. Kate remarked about not getting hurt (this close to MMT) and I agreed!
The second time I fell, we were walking uphill in a marshy bridle trail; I caught my foot under a root and had a controlled fall to the mud. Wow, two falls on the same night, kind of alot for me. All with my right foot. I wonder if I have an imbalance going on.
I took it carefully once the lights came on. I really do not want to risk an injury this close to MMT.
It was very good to get a night run in. I haven't done this since February, and had kind of forgotten that sensation of your small circle of trail. Your world gets reduced to a very small spot, and you run for hours within that spot. It's a very different sensation. If you haven't run at night, on a trail, (and your race requires some night time) I would highly recommend getting out there. The best training for a night run is a night run!