Thursday, April 26, 2012
I wanted to go for a run tonight after work. When I got home, though, I fell asleep for a couple of hours. I woke up around 7 and still wanted to get some mileage in. I was pretty hungry so I decided to get a Five Guys burger first then run at the ledges for a night run. The burger tasted delicious and the run felt great. Not too sure what the temperature was outside, but it felt nice and cool. I had shorts and a long sleeve shirt on, no hat or gloves, and my handheld flashlight with me. Coming back to the ledges at night brought back memories of the LT Challenge - something I don't think I want to ever attempt again haha. I parked at Happy Days, did a couple loops around the ledges and back to my car. Didn't see anyone, but heard an owl somewhere hooting and some other weird noises that sounded like it was catching its prey.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
On Saturday, Brian and I drove down to Mohican State Park for the Forget the PR 50k on Sunday. Rob Powell, the race director, got one of the big cabins and graciously let us stay the night there for free. We were amazed at how nice the cabin was - 4 bathrooms, about 6 or 7 bedrooms and a big living room/kitchen area. When we got there, the long kitchen table was already filled with food along with lasagna and other good stuff over by the stove and fridge. People arrived throughout the evening and we had a nice dinner and good conversation.
The race started at 7:30 on Sunday, so we woke up around 6 to get our bib numbers and shirts. The registration building next to the start/finish line was buzzing when we got there. I have to say, I had a blast walking in. Every few seconds someone I knew called my name or said hello. A big chunk of good running friends were all gathered here today for this race. Nothing gets better than that!
After "Big Ass Hill" and a few other steep climbs, arriving at the aid station at the Fire Tower was a welcome sight. I immediately saw Paul "The King" Lefelhocz standing there, so I paid my respects and bowed before him :P I then saw Kim and a few other people.
The rest of the miles were a mix of mud, hills, hills, more hills, rising temperatures, sun beating down overhead and cramping calves. I had left my salt pills at the cabin, so when I got to each aid station, I ate as much salty foods as I could. When I got to the Fire Tower for the second time, Kim gave me the salt shaker to take in pure salt. I also had a couple cups of her soup, which tasted delicious! After I left that aid station, I could noticeably tell I had an instant increase in energy and my calves felt better.
After the Covered Bridge stream crossing, my calves were twitching again ready to pull. I let the guy go ahead, especially since he was on pace for a PR. Not too much longer down the trail, this girl probably in her 20s came behind me. She was in good spirits and lifted my spirits too. She also helped me keep a solid pace. I learned she was one of the "Grunt Girls". I kept with her close to the finish. We also caught back up with the guy I was running with earlier.
Rob didn't give us any slack on the last couple miles of the course. We had one final climb over a few big hills before we headed down towards the finish line at Mohican Adventures. I could finally see an end in sight for the race!
As I was nearing the finish about 300 meters away, my right calf strained pretty badly. All I could do was stand there and massage it. It finally let up and I was able to hobble to the finish, get my finisher's buckle and give Rob a handshake and hug. I finished in 6:23:38 and was more than pleased with that time. For complete results, click here.
I had a great time this weekend! I finally know firsthand why everyone always has good things to say about this race. Rob does a great job paying attention to every detail and all of the volunteers were very helpful. I will definitely mark this on my calendar for next year!
Sunday, April 01, 2012
'"When I get too old to work, I'll do what Geronimo would've if they'd left him alone,' Caballo said. 'I'll walk off into the deep canyons and find a quiet place to lie down.' There was no melodrama or self-pity in the way Caballo said this, just the understanding that someday, the life he'd chosen would require one last disappearing act."
-Born To Run (pg 281)