plodding and stumbling and shuffling and crawling…
Ran this fun loop course in Maryville set up by your friendly neighborhood bad-ass runners Kathy, Tony and Leah. I had a surprisingly good day pushing towards 60 miles for the 12(13hr) race. A couple of local bands played good americana and bluegrass type music. Besides the nice spread and ample supply of adult beverages the home roasted coffee was a nice cap on a fun day.
A 10 hour event loop course on Oak Ridge city park. This was more spur of the moment and I ended up sleeping in the car for 4 hours. The day was just too filled up for me to handle. Happens all the time. My nick name should be “Napster.” Other than that the usual suspects were out + the random people I’ve never seen before. The flat timed events attract a slightly different breed of runner. There is a similar race later in the summer I may sign up for. Not sure why I keep doing these, must like them on some level. Nothing beats the mountains though.
Always a good experience to run in different places. Technically they speak English here although that could be debated. Running the West Highland Way was a highlight although I cut it short at about 50 miles and called it good for now. My body was not cooperating and ran out of gas early on. Some more manageable day hikes and runs in the mountains were on the menu for the rest of the trip. Overall a great two weeks away from the stress.
Odds and ends
-Finally signed up for Strava. Much better than Garmin Connect.
-Seems everyone is getting a coach these days?
-Have a ton of new shoes and other equipment I may or may not share some thoughts on.
-Ran without a watch for a few months thinking it would be helpful to get away from technology. Turns out it just made me slower…