Day 6 of the challenge arrived around 4am this morning. 10% chance of rain, 68F, and the patio dry. Espresso brewed, e-mail checked and a few replies sent, dishwasher emptied and it was about time to head out. Indoor water parks have those big buckets high up that collect water then all of a sudden, dump it to the kids below in one big splash. Much like that, I heard the sound of crashing water on the rooftop as if a bucket had just been dumped above. I smiled. Some may head back to bed but there was no way I was going to miss this soaking. Minimal attire on (my Pure Flows, my favorite Rogue III shorts and that's it), lots of BodyGlide and out the door I went. Even the iPhone stayed behind. By 50 yards in, I was soaked. I had some time so 10 miles was the plan. I figured that I was at 56 miles for the challenge and 10 would help prep me for a long run in the next few days and I "should" reach my goal. I ran strong today...probably averaging 8:30 per mile or faster. As I went, the rain came down and never stopped. Dark, soaked, and running happy...today, I really was. I was also glad I didn't wear more as chaffing and heavy clothes would've been wearing me down. I also wanted more so I doubled up a few sections where I knew the 1/2 mile increments and by the time I got home, I racked up another 14 miles and brought myself to 70 miles in 6 days...with 30 miles to go over the next 4 days...minimum. :-) I did lunges all the way up the driveway and called it a day. I felt incredbly good which defies logic but it's true. Just like in the first 7-day challenge, I'm getting stronger, faster, and recovering quick in the second half. Awesome.
Researched before I left, I was ready to pitch my "race desire" for January 2014: the Frozen Sasquatch Trail 50K outside of Charleston, WV in a state forest. It's another event organized by the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners who did the Highlands Sky 40 back in June that I did and are doing the Trilogy I'm going to (gulp!) in two months. Two 25K loops...and yes, a 25K is offered. It's got a great finishing award. Check out the website if you want to dig into what that is.
Time for the weekend!
Run Happy, friends!