ANNETTE BEDNOSKY'S BLOG:
This blog is about my observations,hopes,and experiences as an ultrarunner. Because ultrarunning overlaps with the rest of life, I also discuss work, school, my family and other assorted hobbies and essential elements of life!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Lapping Up (and down) Boone Greenway
Greenway photo taken in the springtime
My 100k training plan called for a 5 hour pavement run this
past Saturday. Though usually I am pleased to be doing my long runs alone,
running laps on pavement, called out to me for some sort of amusement beyond my
little ipod shuffle.
(Many people ask why I don’t do my long runs on dirt-to “save
my knees”, truth be told, I need the road’s harshness to toughen up my quads
and bottoms of my feet. After November 7th, I’ll return to running
most long runs on dirt, yet for now, pavement= preparation).
A little poking
around on local runner’s blogs led me to the Boone Free Marathon website, and I
learned of the October 16th marathon to be run out there. These
runners, some of which are part of the larger Marathon Maniacs,
are an enthusiastic group of low key runners that seem to run at least 2
marathons per month.
Photo from Boone tourism website
The marathon was 7 laps of 3.75 “out ‘n back” from the
Watauga County Recreation Complex to the Watauga Animal Shelter Parking lot. We
stashed our aid and coolers under a picnic shelter and started a little after
8:30am. Joe Sinclair organized the event and introduced me to his buddies Richard
McNeil, Gladys Lippard, Brent Roach, and Shane Hamby. Resident of Boone
ultrarunner Bobby Cordell joined the group for part of his Saturday run also.
My plan was to hold an 8 min pace and aim for 37.5 miles.
Though I didn’t run with a companion, waving to one another as we passed each
other was fun and especially after a few hours, I looked forward to sharing
encouragements. This little group of spirited runners really made my day and I
hope to share in their company again.
I wore a new pair of shoes I am hoping will work out for
World’s: Saucony Grid Tangent 4. Lighter than what I have worn in previous road
events-I did wind up with blisters on the balls of my feet-yet I hope more wearing
of them in the next couple weeks will condition my feet. Otherwise, I wound up
happy with somewhere around 37 miles and a few new running friends. My marathon
time was 3:31:02. For everyone’s marathon results and info on the next Greenway
Marathon (October 23) go to: http://boonemarathon.blogspot.com/
Bobby, Joe, Richard, Annette and Gladys after our runs!
Sunday’s run was prescribed to be 40 minutes. This was in
direct conflict with the Dark Mountain 17 mile Trail run, I’d registered for
prior to obtaining my current training plan. Yet, flexibility is one of the
keys to sanity, so I choose to drive the 30 minutes to cheer on Maritza’s event
and run the 4 miler. Last month I featured Maritza and her races on this blog
and there was no way I would just not go!
Shortly after finishing the 4 mile run....
Running the 4 mile event was perfect for me-a lot of fun in
a little time on a great trail in a pretty place! The 4+ mile course contoured
and featured a few hills, flats and some pavement. I crossed the finish line in
36 minutes and continued running until rounding out my assigned 40 minutes.
The trail running events didn’t have a big turnout and I
felt disappointed as it is very organized, marked well, good aid and fabulous
prizes. I ran the 17 miler last year and loved that too.
Shortly after finishing, I hopped back in my little Echo and
zoomed up the mountain. It was high time to spend time cleaning the house this