That ride had done nothing to calm my nerves but we were committed. We drove 40 minutes north to our hotel near Rochester, and got a pasta dinner up the street. As it turns out the hotel is apparently in the running for the least soundproof Courtyard Marriott in America award. We were awakened by some stupid drunks at 1:00am that didn’t shut the hell up until 2:00am. Why not just stay at the bar if you want to be a loud drunken idiot? But I digress.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Sunday, July 6, 2014
This was my first trail race and I really enjoyed it. I'll admit that it was brutal though!
Some pics of the trails that I took while I was running:
Some of the pics are fuzzy because, well, I was running.
There were some brutal sections, especially because of the rain earlier in the week. One section was steep, muddy, long and flowing water. Anyone who ran it knows exactly what section I'm talking about! The steep grassy uphill toward the end was particularly tough for me in the hot sun. All in all, it was a great trail though, it had some of everything!
This is the trail map and elevation map:
And this is me at the end, in 5:02:46:
They do a really nice job organizing this race, I'd highly recommend it. I'll be there next year. The trail was really well marked. The volunteers were awesome, the aid stations were great. I can't wait to do it again!
I love how encouraging and friendly trail runners are, it's very different from road races.
Plus, how cool is the trophy?
If you've never run a trail race and you're on the fence, give the 10k a try. Otherwise, run a long one! I'd highly recommend this race, it's a great time. Everything you need to know is on www.hellhathnohurry.org or follow the race on Facebook.
Monday, June 9, 2014
I had planned to make a Facebook post about yesterday’s run, but it would have been far too long. So here goes:
We were driving back from Pittsburgh to the Erie area and I need to get a long run in to stay on my training plan. The idea was to have my wife drop me off about 15 miles from home and I’d run back. Here’s how the conversation went with my boys:
How long will that take?
I’ll see you in two and half hours.
- Have a backup plan. Have a phone and someone you call to save you if you get lost or the weather turns bad.
- Plan a route and stick to it.
- Bring proper gear. Any rain gear would have massively improved that run.
- If you don’t stick to the plan, turn around and take the road you know instead of trying to plot a new path on unfamiliar roads.
- If you’re driving past a runner or bicyclist, give them some space if you can and slow down, especially in the rain. Yes, he’s crazy for being out there in the first place, but let’s not make it worse for our fellow man. Running on the road is a joy, but when you get passed by just a few feet, it’s scary no matter what the weather is like. If the runner happens to trip, you have no margin for error if you’re hauling ass 3 feet away in your big ol’ truck. I promise, you’ll get where you’re going almost as quickly if you slow down just a bit.
- There are some really nice people out there. I got to meet a few of them yesterday. I hope they smile when they tell the story of the crazy guy running in the pouring rain.
- I love running.