Moving on to a more interesting topic - Danielle's first run at Chicot! (AND her longest run to date!!)
|13 miles run!! Awesome job Danielle!|
When we got to the trail head and I took my Camelbak out of the back of the truck, I noticed the bottom of the pack was soaked. I fooled with it a bit and found that the bottom quick release valve was leaking. I couldn't get it to stop completely, but I figured since I had filled the pack with enough water to do the full 20 miles, I should be able to make 12 or 13 even with a leak. I was wrong. As soon as we started running, it really started leaking - pouring out the pack, down my legs, and into my shoes.
By mile 2.5 or so, the pack was almost dry. I knew it would be a bad decision to go in too far and risk running out of water completely, so I turned around at this point. At first I was aggravated that my mileage goal would not be met, but it turned out to be a great run back. Since I wasn't accomplishing a whole lot with this run, I decided to take this opportunity to take some pictures along the way.
|This is my favorite!|
|Lots of trees down this week from the storms the night before.|
|And it sounds and smells just as relaxing as it looks.|
|Emma finishing. Evidently she ran so fast, her shirt|
flew off. A common occurrence on the trails.
|Liz finishing strong as usual!|
|Sandi dancing. Or having a muscle spasm.|
Either way, pretty cute.
|Run, hike, skip, prance -|
All are welcome, regardless of your chosen
form of locomotion.
|Taylor, Kristofer and Tara sweating and smiling!|
Everyone did between 8 and 13 miles on this outing. Three newbies were introduced to Chicot, and there were 10 of us in all. What an awesome trip!!
|Don and Christina tearing up the trail|
|"That spider was THIS big!"|
|Liz and Randy doing Chicot yoga.|
|Randy on the trail.|
|L to R|
Kristofer Harrington, 12, first time trail runner!!
Tara Greer, first timer, Taylor and Sandi - veteran
So, this week ended with 36 miles. About 20 miles short of my goal. I'm not thrilled with that, but I am not all tied in knots about it either. Keep in mind, the race this weekend is not my "A" race by any means. It will be 31 miles of suck, and I am looking at it as a training run/learning experience. I am also looking at it as a great break over race to lead me into training for Cactus Rose, my first 50 miler of the season, in late October. I did 31 miles in 3 days this week - all in the hottest parts of the day. Ouch. I am not expecting to do anything spectacular with this race, I am just really looking forward to getting there, and being surrounded by other ultrarunning fools. I know there will be some GREAT stories!!
A big group of new trail runners are planning on doing their first loop of Chicot together on August 26th. I can not wait for that day! They will finally get to see all of the beauty of Chicot, and see what it feels like to pop out at that finish line with one heck of a tough trail run under their belt. I am VERY excited about sharing that with them!!
I will try to get my pacer blog done this week some time, and I will put together a full race report after my 50k this weekend. As always, there will be stories to tell!!