Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Reverb 13 Day 24: Place

 - Did you visit any place that holds special meaning to you in 2013?
If so, where was it, when did you go and why is it special to you? If not, were you avoiding somewhere? Why? Is there some place you visited for the first time that now holds meaning for you that you hope to revisit in the future? Keep in mind it can be a place, city, country, restaurant, part - anything - even a memory.

Mohican State Park/Forest holds a special place in my heart.  We simply call it "Mohican".  This was where I first started running trails, met my first mentors and friends, ran my first 50 mile race.

Getting on the trails at Mohican tends to simply ground me.  There are so many happy memories of sharing trails there with friends that it (almost) always is a positive experience.  I know many of the trails well.  Some have changed over the years, like I have.

People that I have shared trail with have come and gone. Some I am still in touch with, others I sometimes wonder what happened to them.  

In the past year,  I have gone to Mohican mostly alone. In years past, I was the person instigating the runs.."meet at the Covered Bridge"..

Of my few Mohican runs this year, other than the long run that coincided with the Mohican 100 Trail Race that was occurring, I ran by myself. In some ways, this was deliberate.  Most times, I didn't want to beat myself up by having to get to the starting point at some arbitrary time. Some times, I just needed/wanted the time alone, to myself.

I had a somewhat wonderful Red/Green Loop Run at Mo this past year.  The "Red/Green Loop" is a reference to an old version of the Mohican 100 Course.  I've run this section many times, but not so much in the last year or three.  I had a great time running it, revisiting it, and remembering runs with friends on this section of trail. 

I could tell how I've improved as a runner, running uphills that I used to walk up.  Some of the hills just are not as tall as they used to be. I'm not as slow as I used to be..

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