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Monday, June 26, 2017

Never Eat Soggy Wheaties

"I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it."
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.

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.


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