Sunday, March 22, 2009
Dougthon Park Adventure Run (with video!)
Sunday 3.22 3 "old" friends and one new running companion gathered with me for a 16.5 mile jaunt in Doughton Park. Brian, Matt, Doug and I have run together for years-and Dan who lives in Deep Gap is just now immerging into training for his first ultra. Welcome to an awesome "lifestyle" Dan! (Dan is registered for the Great Eastern 100k in September). Some people may say it is a toughie for a person's 1st ultra-(it is-heck, it's a toughie for a person's 50th ultra), yet those of us running together yesterday fully understand the desire to jump right in...Doug, Brian and I all ran Massanutten as our 1st hundred...
Anyway, yesterday I'd hoped to have a couple of "takers" for a 33ish route I'd planned to run that involved lots of trail and lots of dirt and paved road. For me balancing out technical with smoother running is still the smart approach. Yet all who gathered were up for the loop we did. Matt and I considered doubling up on it-yet halfway through I knew 2 loops of this route was more than I wanted to put my fussy calf through.
We had an amazing day! 7.3 miles on the Bluff Mountain Trail, 4.4ish on some of the sweetest downhill in NC (Cedar Ridge Trail) a little road walk to link the trails and straight up Flat Top Ridge for 5.5ish miles back to the parking lot.
Thank you my friends for a beautiful and fun day in the High Country!