We had a little work gathering in July that kicked me into high gear. My friend, Dan Danecki, told me he was running the Mt Greylock Half Marathon. Mt Greylock is the highest peak in MA. I signed up immediately and then just after, did the epic week of confidence building including 3 big hikes Skyline Trail, Mt Washington, and Mt. Garfield.
Although again, I was near the end of the pack, it was a beautiful day, a road trip to get there (2.5 hrs) and a runnable downhill. Stats:
The only down”fall” was my fall in the last 3 miles on the dirt trail which I broke with my chin and forearm. I almost cried but did not!! I have to admit I like crossing a finish line covered in blood (remember my epic fall just after I had my sling off for shoulder surgery?)!
I also figured out that my Poles are my superpower. Noone else was carrying them. I took them for practice and used them for 9 miles of the race going up and down. Nothing is more fun than poling down the mountain!
I got to show it off all week long – here it is at Nashoba 2 days later:
Lesson learned is you need intermediate goals. Now that I have done this, I am focused on the Kilkenney 25 mi/9000′ run in Sept. I am seriously worried about my ability to run far. I am working hard on hills and plan to do Old Speck twice again this week as we camp at Papoose Pond in Maine.
I have been researching the NH48 so I can choose the right length/elevation trail for my long sunday sessions.
Today; however, was a bust. We have a hurricane coming in. I wanted to run Mt Monadnock twice before the rain hit. Got a little late start and the woman at the check-in said it was pretty slick without rain. I planned then to run up and down the lower section. It got darker and was doable but I got scared thinking of it wet/raining so bailed after 45″ and 700′ elevation. Went home and ran an hour in my neighborhood to get another 700′ – was pouring. Did not do the 3000′ and 4.25 hrs planned. I could barely move later so maybe better to take a little recovery…
I’ve been running around my neighborhood several times a week. In and around each cul de sac multiple times a night….around and around. With my 2.25 hour long run today, I broke free of the neighborhood and ran down to my home course 3 mile loop. The soft pine needles under my feet felt great! I remembered why I love the trails so much…. Note that the day before we had snow pummeling down that melted in a few short hours. The run started out so cold I could have used gloves but ended up peeling off the fleece after a few miles and being comfortable in just a long sleeve rashguard.
Despite the fact noone is supposed to be out, I saw plenty of cars still. To get there, I had to run 2 miles each way down a typically very busy road with, in some places, a very small berm.
Ended up still going around and around my neighborhood 🙂 My neighbor called me a chicken about going up a hill around the corner so I had to do it….finished in front of the forsythia!
I am still struggling with hip pain so did two romwods prior to the run and then had a little soak in the hottub after. Note that with the corona virus and Kennys’ dad passing away, I cancelled my shoulder surgery and spent the next few weeks working out very hard to see what I could do even with the shoulder. I rehurt my shoulder and last week was so worn out I could hardly do anything. Took it easy this week and next with no strength work and extra mobility. Despite me feeling like an old woman with my aches and pains, it is perfect training grounds out here in NH! Then, although I was tired and walking a bit slow, spent 4 hours mulching….which is another blog. Let’s celebrate progress – last year at this time, I would have been absolutely crippled with lower back pain. At least my lower back pain is gone after running due to all the single legged exercises I’ve been doing. It does come back after doing strength training….What’s the fun if it was easy?!