Thursday, April 24, 2008

Mohican Run Today!

Wow, what a nice day to run. Mike Keller, myself, and the rest of the "Fresno Running Club" came out to run Mo today-Rich and Wendy Babcock, and Gabe "Mr 150 McNaughton Finisher" Rainwater and his "100 mile pacer extradonaire" Regis Shivers. We got started about nine thirty, and started up the Red Section from the Covered Bridge.

The Red Section now starts on the Mountain Bike Trail, which is just about 10 feet from the edge of the parking lot at CB (on the opposite side from the parking.) Look for the white PVC tubing with the MTB100 at the start of the trail. The Red Section is now on that mountainbike trail, and after a climb, with switchbacks (not straight up the freaking hill) it turns into a nice scenic runnable singletrack. Good small climbs up and nice downhill sections. This new section is at least 1 or 1.5 mile long. It then dumps you back on the traditional Mohican Trail.
Trail is in very good condition. Only a few spots of mud. It was a nice hot day out there, but low humidity. We all enjoyed the water crossings and probably stood there a few seconds longer than neccessary to enjoy the cool water. On a few horse folks were out there on the weekday, so we had about the whole trail to enjoy to ourselves.

A few trees down, nothing you couldn't hop over, until a tree down about 1.5 miles out from the CB. This is right after you run by the JD facility off in the trees. A newer road has been put in here, and some clear cutting down around a gas well. A big tree has been felled, but if you go to the left around it you'll see the tree right away.

I will be at the training weekend in May and look forward to seeing old faces and new friends!

/End official Mohican post. Rest of the chatty stuff:

What a nice day to run!! I have a cold; or maybe just suffering from really bad allergy with the pollen explosion. I almost thought about bailing on Wednesday from the run, but then thought I should suck it up and run even if I don't feel good-because I won't feel good during the run at some point anyways!

I picked up two of the members of the exclusive Fresno Running Club-Gabe Rainwater and Regis Shivers. Gabe finished the 150 mile McNaughton Race! Regis was his 100 mile pacer! I asked Gabe if it was harder to run a 150 miler than a 100 miler "No" so now you know! (Note to self: not planning on a 150 mile run anytime soon). I learned that the Babcocks, the other members of the Fresno Running Club would be joining us. Wendy was now well rested from her Boston Marathon Race and needed a good trail run.

Mikey was there at the Covered Bridge waiting for us. Mike took all the pictures, so I am waiting for those from him! And after about the first four miles, we all separated into our groups: Regis and Gabe, Wendy and Rick running together, and Mike and I bringing up the back.
I had a great run with Mike. We caught up on old news and gossip, created a new running nickname for Rob (don't worry Mike will let you know what is in), discussed books and blogs and personal stuff-I luv running with Mike! He even made me run fast a bit, as he was trying peeing on the run, and I did not want to be peed on!

Great day to be out there. Hot; but the humidity was low. I had stashed water at Sand Hill (about mile 9) Cemetery but I think also a gallon of water at the Fire Tower would be a good idea. Mike and I were both pretty much out there, and it would only take a minute to stash a gallon there.

Oh yeah, the biggest news! I found a Morel Mushroom! Right on the trail!! And Regis, mushroom hunter, that he is, confirmed it. So I now know what to look for, having correct identification for a morel mushroom!

Next time back to Mohican will be the three day training weekend of May 9 10 11. I'm planning on camping out there Friday and Saturday nights. Come out for it if you are thinking about running Mo. It's free, the veterans will be out there, and you will get good time on the trails!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Umstead Splits

Splits for Umstead, 2008 vs. 2007

Lap 1 12.5 miles 2.45 (2.47)
Lap 2 25 miles 3.05 (3.36)
Lap 3 37.5 miles 3.56 (4.10)
Lap 4 50 miles 3.27 (3.44)
Lap 5 62.5 miles 4.33 (4.31)
Lap 6 75 miles 4.02 (4.57)
Lap 7 87.5 miles 4.10 (4.27)
Lap 8 100 miles 4.06 (4.27)

It's obvious that I struggle right after mile 50, although I seemed to pick it up this year in 2008 and got back on track better. I really thought Lap 5 was about five hours this year, I was rather relieved to see 4.5 hours. I think Lap 6 in 2007 speaks of inexperience with running through the night and being tired, even though I had a pacer in that loop. Having more experience eating and staying on the caffeine probably helped a great deal here.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

I had a very good race

I finished Umstead in 28 hours 44 minutes, about a 30 minute PR. Race report will be coming sometime soon!