And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. ~John Muir
Happy, hungry, tired, and sore. That pretty much sums up how I am feeling at the end of this week. I had so much fun spending so many hours on the trails this weekend, admiring the beauty that was all around me. My training this week has been empowering, captivating, and humbling. I am proud of how far I have come, but most importantly, my soul is happy.
Tuesday: 4 miles on the xc course
Wednesday: 12 trail miles (double run 7, then chiro, then 5 more)
Thursday: 6 trail miles
Saturday: 26 miles (rained the entire time)
Ran from Pine Plantation at Kings Gap to Pole Steeple, played around on some other trails at Pine Grove, then ran back.
Sunday: 7 miles cycling, upper body, and 10 miles hike/run
I ended up hiking the majority of the first 6 miles because my knees were just not ready to run again. I was fine hiking but running was a killer. My legs literally felt exactly like they did in the last 5 miles of Ironmaster’s 50K last year. By mile 6 they started to feel better and by mile 7 I was 100% running, no hiking at all. I planned to stop at 8.5 but a huge trail blocked my path when I was 0.1 miles from the parking lot. I always climb over or through trees to keep going but this one had poison oak all over it so I turned around and went back the other way. My legs actually felt springy so I ended up getting to 10 miles. I was even leaping over some of the trees by the end of this run!
The Big Mystery This Week
What happened between Thursday and Friday to all the trees in Kings Gap? Especially around Pine Plantation. Thursday night I finished my run and talked with the park ranger who was warning me abut a bear sighting. I even mentioned to him how nice the park was looking because all the down trees from the winter had been cleared off the trail. Then by Saturday morning it looked like a war zone! I counted 5 trees down in the first half mile of my run that day. We had pouring rain Friday and I guess we must have had some wind too because the damage is crazy! The pics below are just two of the twelve or more I encountered this weekend.
One more quote to leave you with. . .
“No man should go through life without once experiencing healthy, even bored solitude in the wilderness, finding himself depending solely on himself and thereby learning his true and hidden strength.”