100 Mile Training, Week #4

Easing back into the mileage this month, especially since it is now August and that means a super busy time for me as a teacher.  Planning ahead is going to be key in fitting everything in!

This has been a great week with some fun runs, ice cream cake for my birthday, a meet up with my awesome running friend Karen, and even a college visit for Hunter.  I’ll let the pics tell our story this week…

A College Visit!

Hunter and I drove the 3.5 hours out to Clarion University for a preview day.  His first college visit!  We learned a lot about the school and had a great time on the tour.  Hunter will be a junior this coming school year, but we want to get him thinking about his options early, especially if he is going to wrestle in college!   The school was so nice and it reminded me a lot of West Chester U where I went.  It makes me so excited for him!

The dorms are absolutely amazing inside!


We finished our tour right before the storms let loose.

We had a nice dinner at the Pizza Pub to talk things over before heading back home.  It was a fun road trip for us!

Hawk Mountain and Lunch with Karen!

Saturday I met up with my friend Karen for some hiking at Hawk Mountain.  We’ve known each other since our kids were little (and they are pretty much the same ages), so we had a lot to talk about and catch up on!  Karen and I met in an online running group back when I started running and had no running friends!  It was awesome to find out that she lived in PA.  We continue to meet up whenever we can, around our busy schedules.  We’ve also run a few races together, although Karen is a fast road marathoner and I am an ultra trail runner, so races have not been our meet up event in awhile!

Karen bought me this awesome orange sticker for my birthday :).  You actually had to pay to get on the trails at Hawk Mountain, so I would recommend getting your money’s worth and doing the Skyline Trail like we did.  hahaha

Can you believe this trail we chose?  We literally had to climb right over that rock where the blue paint is!  And then for another half mile or so down to somewhat flat ground!


You definitely could not hike this trail with something in your hands!


Here is a view from one of the first lookouts.  Honestly, you drive to the top of the mountain to park and start your hike, so the elevation we did wasn’t crazy.  You can see this view without too much effort!

To the left in the center you can see the “River of Rocks” which is kind of like Boulder Field if you have been to Hickory Run State Park.  We didn’t take the 4 mile loop trail out there because we were ready for lunch, but that would probably be a neat area too.

A Long Run

Here’s my favorite view from today’s long run on Buck Ridge Trail.  I haven’t really run here all summer, so it was fun doing the out and back to Pine Grove.  It’s a 6 mile trail connecting two parks.  I usually start on a trail farther from the trail head for Buck Ridge so I can get some extra miles in.


This Week’s Mileage

Monday:  10 mile cycle

Tuesday:  4 trail miles

Wednesday:  gym for lifting/core and 7 evening trail miles on the AT, and the day I officially entered a new age group!

Thursday:  off (This was not a planned rest day.  I just got caught up in doing things…or not doing things…around the house.  I planned to go in the evening after I took my son to work and then we had some storms moving through so I bagged it.)

Friday:  2 faster road miles @ 8:30 avg pace, then it was time to hit the road for Clarion!

Saturday:  2.5 mile hike and 4 slow trail miles with my aging dog.  He’s pretty sore today.  He may be done with runs and stick to walks from now on.

Sunday:  14 trail miles

Exciting Week Ahead!

I will be running the Ragnar Trail Appalachians Relay in West Virginia this Friday and Saturday with an awesome team!  Hi Team, if you are reading this!  Because of my birthday timing we get to compete as Masters.  isn’t that awesome?  I have never done any type of relay before, but I love my trails, so I’m pretty sure it’s going to be epic!

Before we go, I need to do a night run to test out my new headlamp.  And of course I need to pack.

I plan to do another blog post before Thursday, so have a great week until then!

Have you ever hiked at Hawk Mountain?

Have you ever done a Ragnar Relay?