|Rain, rain go away...|
.Celebrations were in order!
|A grand 6 years old today!|
Due to the restriction on Cole's running, I have been forced to do most of my running off the farm. It's unspeakably cruel to him seeing me running in the fields while he's penned in the yard and it torments me to see his sad face at the gate each time I make a lap around the farm.
Two Sundays ago, I ventured out to Russell Lands Trails by Lake Martin in Elmore county, Alabama. The RL Foundation has begun hosting a 50 mile ultramarathon on their trail system. Boasting over 100 miles of trails, I had to check it out. My original plan had been to run the 18 miles my trainer has scheduled for me. Plans change, what can I say!
|17 of the first miles|
|just a few more|
Each time my Garmin watch chimed that it's battery was low, I'd stop and save the data I had and restarted a new log. That's why the run is broken up into parts.
Grand total miles for the run: 26. 2600 feet of elevation gain, plenty of rocks and roots to make it challenging. Since I was not running tethered to The Dog, I did not fall...in case some of you believe me to be the biggest klutz on the planet. I was unprepared for a technical 18 mile trail run, let alone 26 miles. The RL website portrayed the trails as easy, flat logging trails. Not representative of the majority, I can assure you. I had no breakfast in my belly, no gels or snacks in my pack, thankfully I did have 2 liters of water. I think you could drop me in Siberia with only a map and two pairs of running shoes and I'd emerge a week later in the Ukraine 15 lbs fatter. Not only did I find the best patch of blackberries, so plentiful that it only took me 2 minutes to harvest 2 cups of them, but I also lucked out by stopping at a lake house to beg for water and received an energy bar to boot.
I owned the trails that day, not a single soul was sighted. At the end, I passed the Russell Stables. Three stories tall and absolutely gorgeous!
The scenery was awesome. I encountered baby turtles migrating towards water, waterfowl of all kinds, deer, snakes, turkey, I even scared a coyote.
|The smile of insanity.|
And then, of course, there's the post run feeding frenzy to always look forward to.
|1 liter of milk, tuna and apples, gone in 10 minutes!|
|The maps fared poorly in their sweaty environment.|
This Fall, I'm enrolling in high school. I figure I could get a track scholarship and get to go to college for free. Considering it took me until I was 40 to pay off my last student loan, I think I'd like to study Medieval History if someone else is going to pay for it!!!
Run happy, Jamie