It was wonderful to see you at the run! Truly you are doing so fantastic in your very amazing and super running! Wishing you a marvelous day and best always! Thanks also for the always kind and good person you are!
Kind of cool telling everyone, "Hey I just ran a marathon as a training run". Yeah, I was wondering if all the 10K speed training would get you out of the gates a tad fast... And then the hills... No worries, your base is just getting better and better. A few more and "Boom Baby!" you are setting pretty on a nice PR.
I am planning 20 mile training runs on the AT May 9 and May 22. You are welcome to join me. If you can get others to join the fun, even better. I have an annual pass so anyone driving with me gets in free. The park charges $15/car load.
I ran it on 4/10 and the AT is in great shape. Big Meadow Lodge was closed, but Sky Lodge was open for business. No bears yet, just lots of deer. But come May we could see a few bears. Always fun.
Yes, I thought it was a bit close to your marathon, but I still wanted to offer. For me, I so need to get out to the mountains to clear my head. It has been a very sad and tough week...You may have notice that company I work for has been in the news.
Please keep your thoughts and prayers for the families and friends of those that died in the WV coal mine disaster.
Even though my calf is still iffy, I am still planning to head up to Big Meadow to do a 20ish mile easy run on the AT this Saturday. Basically, from Big Meadow it is a 9-10ish mile run to Stoney Man summit. I then turn around but stop first at Sky Lodge (1/4 mile from Stoney Man) to refill my hydration pack, use their in-door plumbing (love indoor plumbing!), etc and then head back to Big Meadow. At Big Meadow I shower (5 min for $1), change, eat lunch (bring it with me) and then head back to Richmond. I know you have Charlottesville coming up, but if you want to go I am happy to drive (yes I actually like driving). Normal plan is to get to Sky Line drive before 8am (Normally before 8am we can get in for free but bring a few bucks just in case) which puts us at a 8;30 run start time. That means leaving Richmond 5:45-6am. Actual run time with Sky Lodge stop is approx 4 hours. I am also trying to get Linda Newman to go, but she is undecided and most likely will not go. My plans may change, depending on how my calf holds up this week but I soooo want to run in the mountains…..
This section of the AT is very runnable, and since my trail shoes got trashed at Terrapin, and Runner Bill’s did not have my size (on order), most likely I will be running in my road shoes. I’ve done this before, and as mentioned, the trail is very runnable.
PS: Not sure if you have any kids or not, but if you do you should take them to see “How to train Dragons”. Of course even if you do not have kids, you can do what I did and see the movie just because Dragons are cool! What can I say, I am a SiFi/Fantasy junky