Wildcat Ridge Romp 50k

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Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area
10 August 2013
10:40:00 Finish

I registered for Wildcat Ridge thinking I could use it as a training run for the 50-miler I’m working toward in October. I planned to “take it easy” and estimated I’d finish in about eight hours. Wrong! I worked my butt off and finished in 10:40. I felt like I did my homework on this one: I carefully read the race director’s description of the course, I looked online for photos and videos of the course (found a few, nothing threw up a red flag), I studied the course map, etc. None of that prepared me for what I actually encountered during the event. I’m learning this will probably be the case for every trail run I ever do. ūüėõ Read More

Running, Nature, and Meditating

I spent time over the weekend running trails through a local park. ¬†One thing I like about trail running is the varied surface. ¬†(except for packed grass, which I hate) ¬†Another thing I like is feeling like I’m “one with nature,” even if I’m not terribly far from civilization.

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The sound of running water is particularly lovely to me, since it’s something I never experienced regularly until I was an adult and living on the east coast. ¬†Unfortunately, it can also be quite distracting. ¬†Instead of being inspired to run further or faster, I feel a great desire to take my shoes off and sit with my feet in the water. ¬†I do at least let myself stop and take pictures. ¬†(My trail running paces are just terrible.)

In one of my G+ communities is an African gentleman who does really really long runs nearly every day. ¬†And he always posts something like “30 mile meditative run – [insert something to meditate on].” ¬†During my run I thought of him and thought that since nature is so inspiring I should attempt my own meditative run. ¬†I spent a few minutes trying to think of something to think about, but then about the time I picked a topic I had to climb a hill and I got so winded I forgot I was meditating. ¬†In fact, I didn’t remember until I was done and on the bus home an hour later.

I think I’m going to enjoy nature on the trails and maybe meditate on the roads.

Staten Island Trail Festival 50k

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Willowbrook Park, Staten Island
8 December 2012
7:23 Finish

It was a perfect day for a long trail run:  in the 40s, overcast, and slightly drizzly.  I got to Willowbrook Park about half an hour before start time.  Bib pick up was fast and it got pretty cold waiting around after that, but I chatted with a really nice woman for a bit before getting last minute directions from the race director.  About a hundred runners lined up at the start line; only about a fourth were signed up for the 50k. Read More