New adventures   1 comment

1st of all I’d like to thank my friends on TRI-DRS who challenged my “foreign idea” of driving to run idea.

That feedback got me to thinking… that maybe I was missing something.

So… I hit up the local running club’s website…. looking for interesting group runs/locations and… I found something:

http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=18454

and even tho I did not drive to the start… I did do the run. I live about 3.5 miles from the turnaround spot. With the 7 miles on trails… and 7 miles round trip to get there I figured I could add a few miles of the Jax marathon course at the other end and have a nice long run.

So… with a few directions and street names written on my hand I was all set for a Saturday morning adventure. That’s about when I noticed that it was raining outside. Well let’s add wet and muddy into the mix.

So I began in a steady rain and at a steady pace… In training for ultras means that I need to start getting used to carrying stuff with me. So I took 2 12oz bottles of water and a gel flask full of honey.

Getting to, and back from, the trail was probably the worst part… sidewalks, major highway crossings etc… I guess there’s a reason to drive eh?

The “trail” as it is…. is actually a doubletrack along a canal that runs parallel to the railroad. Based on the maps and satellite pictures I’d studied the night before I knew that I could cut through but was unsure of where. I found a likely spot… a hole in a fence at the corner of a vacant lot. I ducked through and had only run a few meters when I started to see evidence of homeless hooches… no people but evidence of first a small and soon a larger camp. Soon I had broken through the woods and found the road/trail.

And it was muddy… and it was still raining… but it was nice… no people…. no cars… for the next mile and a half. At the end of the doubletrack I had to slip through another hole in a fence… cross a road… then I was on a single-track trail for another mile… I crossed another road ran a few blocks down a side street and then cut though another rooty, muddy trail through a city park.

After that it was mostly streets and sidewalks to my 8.5 mile turnaround. More muddy fun on the way back but… I found that I was having a bit of an issue…. my Achilles have been bothering me since the beach run I did a couple of weeks ago… this made the last 3.5 miles on sidewalks unpleasant.

All in all I had a fun adventure and found a new playground… so…. thanks again TRI-DRS.

As for the Achilles… I decided to do my Sunday run on blacktop as much as possible, since that surface seems to bother me the least. I had issues from mile 1 but… the pain/discomfort never got any worse but mentally I was just not into running yesterday. I basically slogged along for 15 miles thinking of excuses to pack it in… then for some reason (okay I promised myself unlimited peanut butter if I ran 20) I felt like running for the last 5 and actually finished strong.

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Posted February 1, 2010 by cowartm in Uncategorized

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  1. I have found that I have to take a train or the subway to run. I get sick of the same old routes here. I like an adventure! In the end I discover new places and have a great time.sounds like you had some fun yourself!

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