I’m fretting only slightly about Twin Peaks, which is about 3 weeks away. Fortunately, I’m going for the 50k option (not even considering the 50 mile option). The 50k will still be quite the task for me, but I will have lots and lots of time to get it done. So I can walk, crawl or scramble and probably still make the trip (hopefully). Still, I haven’t got in quite the mileage that I’ve wanted over the past months. In fact, this summer’s training has probably been one of my worst summer trainings. That’s ironic since I actually looked forward to summer runs this year. I don’t ever recall looking forward to summer running before.
Thankfully I got in an autumn run today. And boy, was it GLORIOUS! I almost thought that it would rain. I said, “Bring it on!” But alas, no rain. Cool breezes blew practically my entire run. It felt heavenly. Even as I “ran” up the big climb, Mentally Sensitive (see elevation chart below).
I always wear my hat backward for a reason (in case you’re wondering from the picture above and the countless others). One reason is that forward, the cap bill traps in the heat around my race. And I hate that. More importantly, the cap with bill forward blocks visibility. I can quickly recall 4 instances when I ran head-on into a branch wearing the bill of my cap forward. In one case, I hit so hard that I fell back onto the ground and actually worried about my well-being. In another case, I hit head-on into a branch twice within 5 minutes of each other (different branches of course).
So, why wear a cap at all? Because it catches the sweat from my head. That way I don’t have as much salt running into my eyes (which hurts like heck). Anyway, back onto the track . . .
I decided on a quick run down Rockit Trail, which is rocky, bumpy and great training for my upcoming Calico Run in January which is rocky to the utmost. From there, I turned off onto Coyote Run for some gorgeous single track stints through forests and more desert-like terrain. I learned today that Coyote Run is a favorite weekday trail for mountain bikers. They were ALL courteous and polite, I am glad to report.
In all I ran almost 12.5 miles. Happily I ran those last miles in with fuel still in the tank. I didn’t collapse at the truck!