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.

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