26 January 2010

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I woke up at 5:15 AM this morning. Actually that is not entirely true. My Blackberry alarm tore me out a good night's sleep cut way too short. I still felt the soreness from Saturday's race. There were some minor twitches in my quads. No joint pain whatsoever. It still amazes me how little joint pain I have after an ultra trail race vs. a road marathon. The weather guys informed me that it was 32 degrees outside and that it wouldn't warm up much. I am putting on trail shoes (just in case), running tights, long sleeve tech shirt, winter running jacket, hat and gloves. My running buddy Richard and I decided to do an easy 4 mile round trip up and back down on the mountain road, since the trails were still in pretty bad shape after recent rain storms. We were the first ones ready to run again, while Mike and James were taking another day off. This is probably related to the fact that both Richard and I have major ultra races on our 2010 calendar, while Mike and James have not decided on their next major race, yet. I arrived at Richard's house at 6:05 AM and he was ready to go. Richard lives at the bottom of our largest local mountain, so it makes sense to take off running at his place, if we plan to hit the mountain trails. When Richard walked out of his door, he was carrying a backpack filled with 20 lbs. of weight. Not your usual running equipment unless, of course, you are registered to run a 150 mile 6 day multi stage race in Chile in March and you just received the race details in the mail. I could tell he was getting nervous. Maybe because he said that he was getting nervous. During this race, Richard will only be provided medical aid and water. He has to carry his own food and other items for these 6 days while running. Running side by side with Richard carrying that backpack and huffing with every step up the mountain, I almost felt like I was cheating or something. After all, my remaining major events for this year are a 12 hour run in Decatur, AL in March followed by a 108K run in Germany in June of this year. However, none of them require me to carry more than the usual bottle of water so I just have to keep training for more distance, not weight. We managed to get up the mountain ok going at a decent pace. After the two mile turnaround, we picked up the pace going back downhill. Downhills are my favorite part of every run. Overall, this was a nice little run to get back into training. My quads were a little twitchy but other than that, I felt great.

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