- Getting home after my "recovery" 20-miler, things were achin' that normally don't ache. I started to and continue to question doing 20 miles only 2 weeks post-Kettle. I'm convinced that while I seem to recover very well and quickly, 100 miles did take a piece of me and hasn't quite given it all back yet. This morning, some places hurt and ache that never do so chalk it up as a lesson-learned. TAKE IT EASY! Still, the 20 was not difficult and was easily executed but I just don't think my body appreciated the 2nd half of the run on the roads, much of which was uphill or a fast pounding downhill. I plan to really rest this week with a decrease in mileage...except for the Saturday, that is. This Saturday, I plan on running the final 30 miles of the Burning River 100 course starting from Mile 70.3 at 7:30am. As I always preach: "Listen to your body or your body will put you in check. I promise." Remember, this is an experiment...how to treat my 8 weeks between 100-milers. I don't believe I need a lot of distance training, though. I think my time would be better spend re-building and recovering for the next 100. Without that, Burning River could be yet another disaster for me. I do, however, believe I need to get out in the heat and humidity more. Traditionally, that's what I can expect on August 1st.
- I wasn't at Mohican but I've been reading as many reports as I can find. I know it was humid, rainy, muddy, and nasty. I've also read a consensus of reports about poor markings on the trail. Granted, with all the rain, trail markings will wash away but directional pie plates and streamers will not. While all I have read is not direct knowledge, there seems to be agreement in frustration over this as well as some aid station unhappiness. I honestly feel bad for the runners as nearly all trained so much for this event and for it's execution to fall short is a shame. It was the 20th running of the event so basic things like trail markings seem inexcusable. Maybe I was just spoiled by a first-class event at the Kettle. On the positive side, though, I've heard about some phenomenal performances like Kevin M. running his first 100-miler and finishing FIFTH!!! Awesome job, Kevin! I knew you were fast, but dang!!!! Regardless of your outcome (if you were at MO this weekend), please recover well and get back out there on the trails as soon as you can. They're waiting for you!
- Back to that squirrel: as you can see, true grit and determination can be found not only on the trails by us humans, but atop a bird feeder by a squirrel. This guy used his tail for balance and sticky hind legs to hold on while he wrapped his body down and stuck his face in the food...all while the feeder swinging around from the non-bird weighing it down. Funny stuff!
- And lastly, for those of you with an appetite, prepare to lose it. "Losing it" is just what I may be doing. That right big toenail of mine that took a beating at the Kettle two short weeks ago is going in and out of soreness right now and changing colors...all pre-cursors to a most-likely departure from my right big toe in the near future. Don't worry...I'll have the camera ready. :-)
Have a great week and Happy Trails, everyone!