Monday, June 25, 2012

40 Plus on the Appalachian Trail

Traveled up to north Georgia to do a long run with Jon Barker on the Appalachian Trail.  We started near Horse Gap and ran north through Woody Gap, over Blood Mountain and down to Neel's Gap. The weather was uncharacteristically cool for late June in Georgia. It was still very humid though and I got dehydrated on the last 20 miles. I could not get enough to drink even though I was running with a pack with 60 ounces of fluid. I had refilled at the half way point but 3 hours later with 5 miles to go I had to refill again. From here on it was a grind for me. I sent Jon ahead because my pace had slowed and I knew I was holding him up. Finally finished up after 9 hours and 45 minutes for 41 miles. Had a decent amount of climb, 9435 feet, which I really need to prep for up coming races.
I tried out some new trail shoes this week. The Lone Peak by Altra.  I was impressed with this shoe, no foot pain or hot spots after 41 miles. I will see how they feel with another couple long runs in them but right now they are all I want to run in.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Day 3 of Stage Race

No race pic today but a good father's day photo.

Day 3 was 20 miles with the most climb and the most technical of trails. Felt good but slowed some in the last two miles. Finished in 3:33:30. Three day 60 mile total time of 9:21:45.
Have alot of training to do before September's 200 mile 5 day stage race. This weekend was a very good training block. It was great to have Teri and Bethany there too. Won't be so lucky with some upcoming weekends. Nothing better than an afternoon recovery nap with Bethany.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Day 2 of Stage Race

Today went much better. 22 miles in 3:05:30.
One more day with 20 rocky miles on Signal Mountain tomorrow.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Chattanooga 3 Day Stage Race

Today was day 1 of The Chattanooga 3 Day Stage Race. 18 miles on Raccoon Mountain.  Not a stellar day. Finished in 2:42:40. Hope the next 42 miles over the next two days go better.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dragon Training

Just a picture of Panther Creek from last Saturday's Cohutta run with Jon Barker.
Great run with 8,350 feet of climbing over 27 miles. Good training for the upcoming Dragon's Back race in Wales.