How cool is Scott Jurek’s Appalachian Trail “masterpiece” accomplishment this past weekend? 46 days, 8 hour trek from Georgia to Maine…..wow. Just as I stalked Western States, I found myself in awe of this successful attempt at breaking the AT record. While I stalked Scott’s progress, I also had a little running to do myself.
Saturday morning found us playing on some great trails in Hamilton. Scott and I ran “Run for the Hills” 10K three years ago when I was fairly new to trail running. This time, Sue joined us and the three of us took on the hills on this warm summer morning.
The “hill” reference in the race name was real. A real rollercoaster –
A small race with few frills (though a nice shirt and great italian ice at the end!), it was a great race to have fun without any stress. With well marked trails and volunteers stationed anywhere the trail might be confusing, I enjoyed working hard at tackling the hills. I haven’t felt all that strong in the running department lately, so imagine my surprise when I later realized I won my age group! When I texted Sue to tell her she and I placed first and second in our age group, she responded with, “Oh, so there were two total in our age group?” Actually, there were only eight, but I’ll take it! Don’t know if there was any award, but truly, the best award to me was that I felt stronger at the end than I had at the beginning.
Feeling pretty happy about my race (not just the AG win, but that didn’t hurt), I now turned my focus to StoneCat. I registered Scott and myself for StoneCat 26.2 last week and hoped we would both survive the lottery. I was thrilled to see we both were accepted!! So now we have a nice trail marathon to gear up for together in the Fall. Wahoo!
Good running mojo this weekend. Now to keep the mojo going….