|Happy, wet training on the VA Creeper Trail!|
Yet last week after a mentally draining 4:20, 31 mile run alone in 42 degree rain, I swore I would do what it takes to stay positive and not dread hours of plodding along alone in uncomfortable weather.
Midweek, looking at this weekend's weather forecast, I knew that unless I rallied, my 5 hour run would be done in 45 degree rain and alone. I certainly don't mind alone-yet when it is raining and chilly, my hands don't function well and I can easily get calorie deficient. Rain also gets in the way of even my usual moderate use of ipod...and well-back and forth on the only flat paved road we have within a 40 minute drive can become a chore... My own company is great...yet for only so long!
Soooo....Today I drove to Abingdon, VA and started running at 6:45am-ran an hour, pinned on a bib, ran the VA Creeper Trail Marathon in 3: 27 and change, and finished my 5 hour run off with a 4 mile jog. Yes, it was rainy and chilly those last 4 slower miles...yet the spirit of the event and familar and new faces on the out 'n backs kept my spirits wayyy up!
No, I was not out there to race-mentally especially, as I won't go "there" until 4/22 and effort-wise, I ran easy the 1st "uphill" part of the course and let the slight changes in terrain dictate from there.
|I got "meet" and wave at sooo many great folks during the out 'n backs...including this fellow who is a 50 state 26.2 finisher!|
|Totally love this shirt!|
|I could be totally wrong, yet I wonder if the cyclist is the Dad of the young girl in blue? She was steady all day, yet I think the youngest person out there! You go girl!|
The rest of the run was wet and beautiful during the earliest of Spring days on in a valley of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
|Early spring in the cow fields|
|After one of the long tressels was destroyed in a tornado last year, the town of Abingdon built a steepish path connecting the east and west parts of the trail...A good change of pace for the amazing almost flatness of the trail!|
|First place, especially when staying true to my "bigger picture plan" was a treat!|
For complete results see: http://www.runtricities.org/RaceResults/results_recent.html
Next up for me: Continued work on New River Trail 50k -registration opened 3/23 AND we are now committed to it being a certified 50km course offering runners marathon time splits!
Mainly I am focused on being a good professional school counselor, trying to be balanced in my personal relationships (thank you George with your patience with my 9:30 pm bedtime and 4:30am alarm! and continued training for WC 100km, Seregano, Italy on 4/22. No dorsal fin appearances until then!