When the plans changed from Ohiopyle to Mohican, I put the word out to see if anyone wanted to run at Mohican on the weekend. Rob was up for some miles, and I agreed to meet him at 9 am at the Fire Tower.
Rob and Don arrived with Matt, who will be running "Forget the PR" as his first 50K with 8 miles done already. Rob reels off the route we are taking today, and I just smile....and tune him out...It' doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if we follow the Mohican 100 course, or the 50K course, or the Xterra course.
As we left the Covered Bridge, we saw a yellow shirt up ahead--an added bonus, my friend Ron was out on the trail!
We follow the "Forget the PR" course for a bit...I managed to take a spill on the jeep road but at least it was soft pine needles. I managed to get up before run over by mountain bikers.
It was a very good day. My legs felt fine. I felt the pace was a little slow, but that was okay. I did excellent climbing the hills. They felt like wee little hills after Ohiopyle. It was also nice to RUN, as we stayed on the smooth mountain bike single track.
Speaking of mountain bikes, by the time we got to mile 5 or so (miles count down) we were glad we had started early, as the bikers had finally rolled out of bed and hit the trail. It's just extra awareness to both watch the trail surface and up ahead to look out for any bikers.
Ron had mentioned at Mohican the runners and bikers have a good relationship. I was surprised by this, I didn't realize animosity existed among the groups (and I usually run by myself). Most of the time we yielded the trail to the bikers, but sometimes the bikers stepped off the trail to us. There was always a cheerful word exchanged between us and the bikers. I mean, why not? We're both out there loving the trail, it can be shared in a good karma kind of way!
We got back to Rob's car, 17 miles at 4 hours on the dot. I thought about more miles, but I was perfectly happy with the seventeen. Legs were not wrecked afterwards.
Now it's time to see what my schedule looks like for the week. I am running Glacier Ridge Trail 50K this next weekend, in Pennsylvania.