Rosalia de Castro
Back to back long runs. Planning and navigating my legs to run twice the distance in 2 days, almost half my accumulative miles for the week takes a little thoughtfulness.
Thankfully this is not my first rodeo. I like to go with the plan "If its not broken, don't fix it."
Now, I have never ran 100 miles..But I have ran a few ultras. One thing remains.
BACK TO BACK LONG RUNS.
One of the things that I WILL BE DOING different for Hennepin 100 is on my long runs I will be running 1 long run trails and 1 long run flats, backroads, rails to trails..something along that concept.
So Saturday night Lacey and I ran a 5k, Wings of Mercy in Linden.
Sunday I convinced Lacey to ramp up her miles. I had 20 miles to run and Lacey agreed to run a easy 15 miles with me. However..my 15 miles was not navigated well, her miles turned into 16 miles, oops.
My miles were overshot as well. I ran the last 2 miles solo in order to add miles. The skies OPENED UP and I finished my last 2 miles of 20 at a sub 9min/mi. revived and giddy.
We ran slow and easy. We walked a lot of the hills and enjoyed the perfect running day together. I didn't want to go into todays run sore.
Todays run: Highland Rec. 17 miles.
I have ran Highland Rec now plenty of times, but today we parked at a new location and ran new trails.
It was soo pretty and so confusing. I was not the person to read the maps. We did ask this guy who was really friendly but he may as well have been speaking a foreign language because I had NO idea what he was saying! "...turn here, go west...turn at the second crossing blah blah blah...." I had trailed off looking at him but not listening to a word he said after he mentioned multiple turns.
Being it was our first time running this part of the trail, we decided to just have fun. We stopped a lot to read maps, we back tracked, got turned around but kept on running. It was a slow go. I had a moment of intelligence at one lost intersection. I thought we had to so West...I was informed that my WEST was NOT WEST. I pointed my fingers "But Never Eat Soggy Wheaties...North East South West..." I think I got an eye roll.
I was so turned around I didn't even realize we were on the "D LOOP". This is a loop I am very familiar with but had no idea we had been running it.
We came back to our vehicles to fuel and plan the last few miles. I removed my hydration pack and left everything in my truck but my chews.
I was soo bummed. The next part of the trail was beautiful. Stunning, breath taking. We crossed massive trees, several bridges, creeks and even stopped to notice a very large deer staring us down.
but I had NO PHONE.
37 miles in two days. My legs should probably hurt more. I will kick it up this Wednesday/ Thursday.