Speaking of miles, I had decided on Saturday to cut back on the Sunday miles. It had more to do with the drive home on Sunday after running, I didn't want to be unsafe on the roads. I also had to work on Monday and didn't want to get home at midnight. So I cut off the bottom loop, or the Bird Knob loop section.
|Intersection at Waterfall Mtn|
For the first part of the run I ended up in the Team Gaylord Posse. I had not met Bob Gaylord before.. he is quite the character.
Bob paid me a compliment..it started out like this "..don't take this the wrong way.." uh, oh, what's coming?
"You are one tenacious bitch!!"
I laughed. I thought that was pretty funny.
I was tired, a bit sore and stiff overall, and my throat hurt due to all the cold air breathed in Saturday. I couldn't find my mask for Sunday, it was somewhere in my vehicle. So starting off this section tired and stiff was perfect! Just how I feel in the race at mile 88 (except I would not have drank about 5 beers 8 hours prior..)
It's about two miles down the road (actually the turn sheet says 1.4 miles) to the Gap Creek AS. There is no aid here today, because of the road closed.
Now we start up the infamous Jawbone Gap Trail. This is the only section of the MMT course that you travel over more than once. You first hit this aid station at mile 69. You climb the 1.2 miles to the ridge.
|Jeff and Tom at top of Jawbone|
Since I didn't wear my windbreaker jacket at all on Saturday, I didn't even bring it with me on Sunday. Which was really stupid, because there was a good wind blowing, and we had Kerns Mountain to travel over.
I ran through this section with Jeff and Larry at different points, and we chatted the whole time. In fact, we came across the wide open section known as "Q's View" rather suddenly.
Now, less than one month to more MMT miles, the Reverse Ring!