Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Salt Fork Saturday Too Nice Not to go Long

Actually,my yesterday was only about one mile longer than I had planned on. I started out on the Shadebush Trail, which was two miles over to the Lodge (and back). To my surprise, I felt kind of sluggish-not my normal joyful self out there. Still, I plodded on. To my surprise, I encountered two runners heading toward me-must have been guests at the Lodge, as I never see anyone on these hiking trails.

The trail ended right below the Lodge parking lot, and I jogged over to the lot just to see the distance-0.1 of a mile. I know I had not mentioned this before, but there is a 1/2 trail marathon being planned for February 2011. This would be a nice loop out from the Lodge.

As I headed back from the Lodge, the endorphins kicked in along with the Beastie Boys on the Zune. As I ended that trail at four miles,I decided to head down the road to try the “Green” Bridle Trail. I had not been on this before, and decided to run down it about a mile and then turn back.

So you know where this is going right? I’m having such fun on the new trail that I’m already at 1.2 miles when I glance at the Garmin. Then I recognize the pine grove ahead, and I know the Green Trail will intersect with the Purple Bridle Trail-which will then also intersect with the Shadebush Trail. My only wildcard is I’m not sure how far down the Purple Trail will be before I intersect the Shadebush.

It turns out not so much, about a mile or so. This could be a good option of a loop for the trail marathon next year-this loop ends up at around 7.3 miles from the Lodge.

I had brought my pear-kale juice with me as my recovery drink. It seemed to hold up well, and was quite the tasty treat afterwards! The real tasty treat though, was the 40 degree temperature, and the sun shining through the cloud cover on occasion!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Run for Regis Report January 17

The traditional "Winter Buckeye Trail" has morphed into the "Regis Runs" or "Run for Regis". This fun run event is put on by Regis Shiver's friend, Tanya Cady. Money raised by the event goes to the Fisher House, which provides low-cost or free accommodations for family when a veteran is under going hospitalization. (Think Ronald McDonald House for adults).
It is also not held on the Buckeye Trail, due to issues with the ski resort and folks around the Boston Store. Instead, new headquarters were at the Ledges Shelter, with ample parking. The route consisted of two loops: one 8.5 mile and one 5.5 mile. It was up to you to decide what length you wanted to run.
I chose just one time running of both loops. I had not gotten a long run in for a long time, and with being sick the week before, I opted for the 1/2 marathon.
We were off promptly at 730 am; the 1/2 marathon group went left, the 50K starters went to the five mile loop, to ease up on trail congestion.
I promptly ended up running with Sarah, an old running friend whom I had not seen in a year or two! It was great running about a mile or so talking to her. She's discovered trails and has been enjoying them. I had to stop and adjust my running tights and Sarah ran on. I did then run off and on with two nice ladies who were also new to winter trail running. I had forgotten their names now!!! But I believe I may see them at the Fool's 50K !

Coming back on the 8 mile loop, I saw my friend Mark Shelton, who was out taking pictures of runners. I stopped to chat with him for probably ten minutes. It was nice just being able to stop and talk, and not worry about time, or be concerned about getting in my 50K!
The out and backs were great, as it gave me a chance to see all sorts of friends that I missed in the lodge in the morning. I was really enjoying myself!

Oh yeah, the course: very nice.Mainly the snow was packed down. Having screwed shoes, I was able to cruise the downhills very confidently. As I neared the end of my little run, the wear and tear on the trail was becoming much more evident; more mud and slush emerging. I was very happy with my decision to stop at 13'ish miles.
Changed into dry clothes, I got my cool purple top and homemade chili and grilled cheese sandwich. I then hung out for about another 2 hours just talking to friends before I reluctantly departed south.
As I got on the highway, just a few miles south, the rain began. I hoped everyone would get their run in before the cool rain began.

Tanya Cady and her volunteers put on another top notch fun run for the annual "Run for Regis". This event sold out a few months in advance. Look for the announcement in the fall and sign up promptly!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Baby it's Cold Outside

Looking at the weather forecast for the weekend, I was glad I decided not to attend any of the numerous FA's happening this weekend. I just didn't feel like travelling-any of the races would be a 2 or 3 hour drive.
It's 1pm here and it's still not even twenty degrees out. I have a feeling with the temperature, the dog's normal hike around the estate will be postponed. Our Rottie mix has some problems his paws when the temperature really drops, so we don't like to take him on an extended period in the extreme cold.
My friend Brian gave me some inspiration, since he 1) actually blogged and 2) Did 1.5 hours on the treadmill at 15% incline. I hopped on the treadmill, where I discovered my treadmill has a maximum of 12%. I did one hour at 12%, with a 3.2 MPH. Then it became much easier to decrease the incline to 1% and get 7 miles in.
I did get a DVR for Christmas, so I was able to watch some taped "Biggest Loser" episodes. I rewatched the marathon episode. For some reason, when I saw this originally, I thought Dan and Helen (?) had completed the marathon in 51/2 hours. This had bummed me out quite a bit! As someone who's been running 5.5 hour marathon lately, these formerly really fat folks were running as fast as-as an ultrarunner!? As I chugged away on the treadmill, this really was bugging me. Well, the winner of the marathon finished in about 5.5 hours, the last two were around 7+ hours. I noticed the BL runners didn't even get a medal for their marathon! (Not that they don't have enough BL logo material for the rest of their lives.)
I also finished up the second half of the movie "Visionquest", which is an "old" movie from 1985. It's about a wrestler, Loudon Swain, coming of age and training for the biggest wrestling match of his life. (I cringed when Loudon said he was eating 600 calories a day to drop his weight-yikes!)
This is a great movie! Of course, the clothes and hair cracked me up, since I graduated in this same time frame. If you watch this, you will also see Madonna in a cameo singing in the local bar. And I had to go download Journey's "Only the Young" to add to my running playlist.