Those words occurred to me two hours into my run. Haha! Gray, white, brown, and green (pine needles) are about the only colors out there right now. But I won’t complain about the fog. I even find it calming and beautiful. It makes you notice things in the forest that you would probably overlook on a sunny spring day. Like the way the dewdrops cling to bare branches. Or even the way the branches twist and curl as if trying to find sunlight.
I ate 3 chocolate chip pancakes, packed up my gear, and headed to Kings Gap fully rested from yesterday’s run; however, sore and tired legs were a given after a total of 4,000 feet elevation gain! Mid 40’s and sore calves seemed like a great reason to break out my shorts and Zensah calf sleeves. Turned out to be the perfect combo for today’s run.
I parked at the first parking lot (Pine Plantation) at the entrance to the park so that I could run the whole mountain. I knew where I wanted to start and figured I’d explore and take familiar trails as well until I had at least 12 miles or 3 hours of running, whichever came first. Since my legs were sore, I decided to make myself hike the first mile as a warm up and that proved to be a smart decision. My running legs came back to me over the 14 total miles I ended up doing and I felt strong and great cardio and strength wise at the end. I could have done more!
So that was my run in a nutshell. My fueling plan is going well. Eating every 40-45 minutes works well. Today I had 3 leftover Honey Stinger chews, a whole banana, 2 peanut butter crackers, 2 more peanut butter crackers, an 8 oz bottle of fruit punch Nuun, and my water. After showering and cleaning up, I refueled with 3 sunnyside up eggs, two pieces of sprouted grain toast with almond butter and honey, and a clementine.
The trails were pretty empty today. I only saw one couple near one of the parking lots, and then when I was about 2 miles from finishing I saw a hiking group up ahead. (Hi Christy!).
Monday: Double run to catch up from a non-weekend of running due to wrestling (12 total road miles)
Tuesday: 3.5 miles on roads (pouring rain), 20 minutes lifting and core
Thursday: 3 miles with running club on xs course + 2 miles fast on roads(8:10)
Friday: rest…literally needed it…so exhausted! (TOM or AF whatever you call it kicked my butt)
Saturday: 10 miles hard on trails
Sunday: 14 miles moderate on trails
Total: 42.5 (That 12 from Monday is spillover from last week, but whatever!)
Happy Running to Everyone this Week!
I plan to do a winter running gear post here soon (I do think we’re not out of the woods yet with cold weather). And also a post on my thoughts about road running vs trail running. I had some thoughts about that this weekend as I was out on the trails!
Plan for tomorrow is some cycling, stretching, and foam rolling to flush out these legs! Thankfully it is a cutback week for me 🙂