Being off from work this week, I have the opportunity to run at some spots I normally don't get to visit that often. Uwharrie National Forest being one of them. It was in my best interest to explore the Uwharrie Mountain Trail since I will be participating in the Uwharrie Mountain Run, all 40 miles of it, on February 4th 2012!
It was ideal weather for a trail run yesterday, mid 50's and a slight breeze, with crystal blue Carolina skies. I Started my run at the southern terminus of the trail at Hwy 109. The plan was to run five miles out and back at ultra pace, since I was coming off my 26 mile Boxing day run on Monday.
Anticipating the rather technical terrain, I wore my La Sportiva Crosslites, which are a little beefier than my Brooks Pure Grit. I was glad I did. Lots of large rocks littered the trail, many of them hidden by the downed foliage.
I was the only car parked at the trail head, and I did not see another living soul the entire time I was out there. I was somewhat taken aback by the posted warning at the trail head regarding it being hunting season and to use caution and wear bright colors on the trail. My mind flashed back to the gas station down the road where I stopped right before I arrived at the trail head. It resembled something right out of a Dodge Ram commercial. Men waddling around in cammo, trucks with trailers carrying ATV's and, I'm sure, copious amounts of firearms and ammunition. I could hear Sam Elliot's booming voice in the distance: "Dodge Rah-uhmmmmm"
Thankfully, I was wearing my neon green Brooks running jacket!
The run went well. I took a lot of walk breaks, had many an ankle roll, but no face plants! There were several creek crossings along the way as well.
I finally made it back to the parking lot, none the worse for wear.
Now begins the taper for Weymouth Woods 100K on January 14th!
Yesterday I celebrated Boxing day in style by attending my friend Jimbo's Boxing Day Madness Fat Ass Run in Sanford, NC. It was a little chilly at the start, but turned out to be a perfect weather day for running! The course was a one mile loop, and you could run as much as you wanted for six hours. With breaks for food and drink (and potty) included, I got in 26 miles.
The turnout was great, and I got to see many of my ultra friends! I ran most of the way with my friend Amy, who I don't get to run with much, so that was an added bonus.
Many thanks to Jimbo for a great event! I hope it becomes a Boxing Day tradition! You can find more pics here:
Got up at 4:30am this morning to meet some friends for trail run. We started at 6am, so the first several miles were with the headlamp. The temperature at 6am was right around 37 degrees, which I actually enjoyed, since it had been warm and muggy most of the week. (Really not Christmas weather!)
Since I am running a six hour Fat Ass Boxing Day Run on Monday, I only stayed for one loop this morning, about 12.6 miles. The rest of the day has been spent resting, eating and hanging out watching football. A most enjoyable time indeed!
Got back to Harris Lake for five miles of single track today. It was perfect weather, partly cloudy, mid 60's with a nice little breeze. As usual, the trail was empty. I took it easy, coming off my eight miler from yesterday, trying desperately not to look at the Garmin and just run. I had contemplated leaving it home, but, well....... you know how that works!
Celebrated my friend Mika's Birthday by getting out at 5:30am this morning for a run at Umstead Park. Great weather, not too cold. (Around 41 degrees at the start) We ran a few miles out and back and met some more friends at 6:30am and headed back out on the bike and bridle trail. It was just getting light at 6:30am, so I ditched the headlamp for stage two. We ended up with a total of 14 miles.
B-Day girl in the home stretch.
At the finish!
We then headed over to a local Diner for some post run refueling!
Inspired by a friend's gutsy 85 mile performance at the Crooked Road 24 hour Ultra, I got my butt out the door this morning and headed out to Falls Lake for some single track work. Arriving at the trail head just after 9am, I set out with no particular mileage in mind, just to get some easy trail work in.
I had not been out to Fall Lake since all the fall foliage came down, so I had to make my way carefully through some of the more technical sections where the roots and rock were now well disguised.
It was a beautiful morning, sunny and not too cold. I shuffled along, meeting some doggies and taking pictures as I made my way down the trail.
I stopped off at a side trail that brought me down to the water's edge.
I came across this old abandoned car. I have no idea how the hell it got there. Gotta love the shotgun holes in the side!
One of the "less technical" sections of the trail, where I could give my brain a brief rest and just run!
In the home stretch!
I wound up getting in 6 miles, with no face plants or ankle rolls.
Speaking of falling foliage, when I got home I finally cleaned up the yard, a project I had been blowing off for several weeks. I just look at it as more "time on feet".
With my 50K behind me, the focus is now on prepping for the 100K trail run in January, which means it's time to get down to some serious trail/single track training!
Got in a nice five miler on Tuesday at Harris Lake, then got out to Umstead State Park for some real trail work yesterday. It went well, considering I had worked Thursday night and was only going on about 4 hours of sleep. (Ultra sleep deprivation training, right??)
I have a spin class to teach this morning ( Saturday ), then maybe a quick little run after. (To keep avoiding yard work!) Sunday's forecast is for 14 miles, not sure where I am running at yet. This maybe the start of a December run streak????? Who knows.
In other breaking news, I picked up a pair of Brooks "Pure Grit" trail shoes yesterday from my good friends at Fleet Feet.
Can't wait to take 'em out for a test drive tomorrow!!!