27 June 2010

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Well, this morning's trail half marathon turned into a much shorter run after all. Unfortunately, Richard turned his ankle twice on this monrning's trail run up Monte Sano Mountain. We called it a day after Richard rolled it the second (this time with a slight "pop" sound) time just after we entered the top of McKay Hollow Trail right next to the pavillion near the picnic area in the state park. We had already made our way up Pratt, Bankhead Parkway, Tollgate Trail, Cold Springs Trail and onto the North Loop to the state park, when Richard took his eyes off the trail just for a split second to point out the beautiful early morning view from the lookout point on top of Monte Sano. The view was just spectacular. Yet again, none of us remembered to bring our cameras. The view of the rolling mountains with a thick mist floating between them is absolutely amazing and well worth a trip alone. Unfortunately, a small rock on the trail did Richard in and he ended up rolling his ankle for the first time of the day. Having "tenderized" his ankle this way, he ended up rolling it again when we entered the technical, steep and rocky top section of McKay Hollow. If there is anything good tob e said about this, it is the fact that it happened adjacent to the picnic area and we were able to call for help to catch a ride down the moiuntain for Richard, James and I. Hopefully, Richard will recover from this over the next couple of days. I need my running partner for just a "few" ultras we have lined up between now and our 100 miler in November. Anyway, we still managed to get in a great hill workout this morning by running up to the state park. This trail run up the mountain could become our new favorite "hill workout". Richard, I hope you will recover quickly. And keep some ice on that thing!

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