Sunday, August 20, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017
And an adventure it was! Thankfully I had learned that there were many creek crossings on this trail, so I was prepared with chacos and running shorts. There were too many crossings to count! And, with all the rain we've had lately, the creek was up and moving. The water was moving fast enough that not only was it sometimes hard to maintain balance while placing each foot, but it was also hard to see where to step, because the movement of the water blurred everything underneath. Several of the crossings were up to my knees, and at least one was over my knees!
It wasn't too hard to find the trail head, thanks to the directions I found at AllTrails.com. I was coming from the north, rather than from the south, so I took 58E to 91S to Gentry Creek Rd. It would have been helpful to know how far down the road the trail head was. I tracked it coming back, the trailhead is 3.1 miles from 91. The last 1.3 miles is on a 1 lane dirt/gravel road that winds its way through the forest until it dead ends in a clearing. It looks like there are a few different trails going out of the clearing, the blue blaze trail is the one you want for the falls. There was at least one point along the trail where I came to an intersection of trails and couldn't see any blue blazes. I went with my instinct which said to always choose the trail that follows the creek. My instinct was correct.
The trail was gorgeous as it wound it's way along and back and forth over the creek. Sunbeams came down through the trees to illuminate pockets of the forest floor. 2.5 miles down the trail I found the twin falls cascading over a cliff. As I was photographing them, I had to constantly wipe the spray off my lens. I had heard that you could climb up above the falls for another angle to photograph, and also that if you continued on up above the falls you would come to a gorgeous 360 view of the surrounding area. I started to attempt the climb, but the trail was steep and covered in a wet mulch-y mud. I think I could have scrambled up it, but it was so steep I was worried I wouldn't be able to get back down safely. I didn't want to risk myself or the expensive camera equipment I was carrying on my back, so I decided to save that adventure for a drier day.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
So for the next 2 ish weeks, the goal is just to get back the joy in running. I have minor distance goals for each run, but no pace goals. I'm not going to purposely run fast, but I'm not going to purposely run slow either. I've found my legs are angrier after being forced to run slower. I also think part of my problem is all this time on the couch since I got home from my roadtrip. Not working is weird. I went into school 4 days this week more to get off the couch than because I really had to. It was nice to get a head start on setting up my classroom and thinking about lesson plans, but it wasn't necessary. I think getting back to work and being on a normal daily schedule will probably help my running too.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Monday, July 31, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
I'm not going to do a full post because I don't have reliable internet and am using my phone. I ran 4 times this week, 3-6 miles each. It wasn't much fun because it is so ridiculously flat here, but other than that my legs felt pretty good. I also did an 18 mile bike ride, the flatness didn't bother me so much for that and I loved the bike lanes and bike paths!
I'm on the last week of my extended road trip, going to enjoy some time with a very good friend before heading home!
Monday, July 10, 2017
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
F : off
Monday, June 12, 2017
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
I am in awe of how well my 30 mile run went! I knew I was in shape for it, and I didn't really have any doubts about my ability to finish it, but I didn't expect to feel good during it. I'm not saying the whole thing felt like a jaunt in the park, but it almost did. And for how far I went and how many hours I spent running, it basically did feel like a jaunt in the park. I have felt a lot worse than that on runs that were a lot shorter!
Mentally, I felt great for the entire run. I was cheerful, I was enjoying the experience, and I never hit a wall of any kind. I had Tailwind Nutrition in my camelbak, sipped frequently, and never got calorie depleted or thirsty. I had brought a gel and some chews just in case, but never used them or felt like I needed them. Ben ran the first 23.7 with me, and then handed me off to Mollie and Joe who ran to the finish with me, joined by Jim at mile 27.5. I am grateful to all the friends who supported me in this run, it was definitely nice to have the company out there!
The weather was overcast, high 50s, and extremely humid.
The first loop of the run went really smoothly. Ben and I cruised along up and down the hills and kept a good steady pace averaging around 8 minute miles. The second loop sent us down a very muddy rail trail, and then back onto the road. We continued to keep a really good pace, with uphill miles a bit slower and downhill miles a bit faster.
I started having intermittent knee pain sometime around mile 13, but it never got too bad, and it never lasted too long, so it wasn't worrying. Sometime around mile 22 I could no longer ignore the fact that my feet were hurting, but it was just normal been-on-my-feet-for-hours pain. Around mile 27, I got a sharper pain along the outside of my left foot, that got persistently worse. By mile 28 it hurt a lot. It hurt less if I bounced along on my toes instead of keeping my normal running stride, so that's what I did. It hurt bad enough to be worrying, but there was no way I was going to quit with less than 2 miles left to my goal! It didn't take me long to figure out the cause of the foot pain. The roads around here are all cambered at the edge. For almost the entire run, I was running with my left foot on the lower side of the camber. There were 4 miles of rail trail from 13-17, and sidewalk from 28-30, but other than that, the run was entirely on cambered roads.