Best Trail Run Yet

I really love the Staten Island Greenbelt, and I really really love the Staten Island Greenbelt in fall and winter. As someone who was born and raised in a place with no trees, running in the summer when the vegetation is lush can actually be claustrophobic and nerve-wracking. (Not to mention the bugs.)  In fall and winter, you can see where you are and what’s around you, plus there are really amazing colors:

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I headed back over today to try a trail run with the (improving) neuroma and it was great. Perfect weather, I only got lost once, and my foot didn’t bother me at all. I could feel the neuroma from time to time if I stepped on a root or rock, but it was more of a nuisance/weird feeling than anything. I really concentrated on my hill form and managed to run up most of them, once I really buckled down and paid attention to what I was doing. I’m determined to figure hills out sooner than later after the PD Canyon debacle.

Overall, I felt great and this was my third run in a week–not terribly far off my normal schedule. I think I’ll be back in the swing of things soon.

DNF – Palo Duro Trail Run 50-Miler

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Palo Duro Canyon, Texas
19 October 2013
37.5 miles finished in 9:02

This was my goal race for 2013 and I trained long and hard and traveled a long way to get to the starting line. Unfortunately, the finish line didn’t materialize for me.  After running three 50k races in the past 18 months, I was anxious to step up to another distance and I chose the Palo Duro Trail Run for a couple of reasons. One, it felt nostalgic and comforting to try something big and new “at home.” Two, I have hiked hundreds of miles in the canyon and I wanted to run somewhere familiar for a change.

Packet pick up took place on the night before the run at WTAMU, my alma mater. We were treated to a pasta dinner and a course overview. There was also a man there known as “The Ancient Brit” who is 86 years old and a friend of the race founder. He came to give a speech of encouragement to the runners and to present a proclamation to the park service from his home city of Westminster, England. It was pretty cool to hear about his experiences and the dinner gave me time to hang out with local runner friends and meet some new people. Read More

Unsucessful Attempt, Time to Regroup

My first 50-mile attempt failed, due to issues during the run and a few wrong decisions before and during. I’m now making plans to regroup, re-train, and re-try.

I’m hugely disappointed, to say the least. (Also a bit depressed and ashamed, truth be told.) In addition to failing at this greater distance, it was also my first-ever DNF. I am trying to embrace the experience because a DNF was inevitable and I have always known it would be something I’d have to face. It is just as beneficial to my running life to be able to accept and handle failure as it is to successfully reach goals. I know this. Read More