Day364 normal

The day has been normal. Couple things: The guy who needed pacing for the Shenandoah run declined my help.

I was excited for a night run and it will be challenging as I have checked the weather and nigh time temperature…It is not something I would do for ‘fun’. The night can drop to near freezing 35 F and day time can rise to 70 F (sweating temp for running). I did a test run last weekend and I know. Plus there will be some rain at night. Not good.

Distance wise too, I was kind of stuck with all my friends being away for the long holiday, so if I do it, there is no one to pick me up after the run and I have to run back to the car. I am looking at 50-60 miles run in less than ideal situation.

It would be on the mountain, which mean I get less support in term of food and water etc. There are creeks and couple way sides (places to buy food), however, most of the route is remote! It is a stress on the logistics if without a friend to refuel you at key places. I was not worry on the way out, since the dude has his support team and I could ‘borrow’ them, but on the return trip, I would be by myself and I would be screwed if I messed up (like out of food/water/twisted my ankle etc).

Lastly and most important is I am the pacer, which mean I manage the clock. As I know when I am racing, clock management is a lot of work. I would have to know precisely where I am at and fast and far to go. It is like solving dozen equations in your head all the time. That the reason people have pacer toward the end of the race when fatigue sets in. I think I am up to the task, but that is a heavy of responsibility! It means I need to totally familiar with the trail (a lot of map studying). I actually started doing it yesterday and already was solving equations ahead, even while sleeping. I could write more about this…It is because our time system of using base 60 is a pain in the butt. You constantly have to convert the time between hour to minute to do the calculation!

I was both disappointed in being declined for the help but at the same time relieved.

Good luck to the man and his team.

He did get me started to plan for my own one day running through the entire Shenandoah on the Applachian Trail. It is 107-110 miles. So I already have a bit of work done.

I forgot what is the second thing I want to write about…probably not as important. I will leave that to another post.

Basically my weekend is free. When is our long weekend? Is it next week?


Day362 continue w yesterday

I felt asleep not long after I posted. I actually was not sure if I did publish it and for whole day was wondering such until I got home now to check. Yes I did post it.

I was out in the woods in the Shenandoah NP hinking. Actually I was with a group of ultra runners the Virginia Happy Trail runners. I knew the group for a long time but haven’t had a chance to meet up with them. All their races and events are weird. I was trying to get into one of their event before. They are really old school. Normally there is no sign up but you sent in some kind of application and they pick you based on the stock market closing number. Something weird like that and I never had the patience to work through their system to run in their races.

However, last night as mentioned in the previous post, I was stalking their facebook page and I came across a guy asking for pacing for the long holiday next week. And from his post, I got the link to today event of doing the VDM at 7 am. BS I had no clue what VDM means except it has to do with running! Sure I will be there. There was no sign up, just show up and I left a message on their post saying I would be there. Immediately I google what VDM means. Luckily it was not hard for me to find out (Vicky Death March) told you their event is strange! I have no idea of who Vicky is and Death March was pretty self explanatory. Their website has everything I need, map, course, what to bring, trail description. So I packed last night. Set the alarm for 4:30 and I slept right through since I didn’t fall asleep until 1:30 with all the packing. Running is a serious thing for me! I treat as if I am meeting the king!

Anyway I overslept and 5:30. It was an hour and half drive to the trail. Needless to say, I got there and lot was full!!! Crazy people had the same idea to do an early morning hike. Wednesday was full moon and so a lot people did early morning hike up the mountain to see the sunrise.

For the rest of the day, I ran with the Happy Trail People. We got separated because I couldn’t keep up with them and I took a shorter version and hiked down the mountain. I had 22 miles.

Hope that gives a good update. I love running because when I run I feel my life is going somewhere.

I write because I run.

I signed up for the stone mill race. It is a waiting list and reg fee is really cheap. 62 dollars! I don’t have to break my bank. The race location is near too (45 mins driving). Way closer than the JFK that one is like 2:30-3:00 away.

I am very happy.

I forgot what I was going to write last night. I felt I have forgotten something. Oh well, next post if I think of it, I will share

Ah I remember…I got my bib for the PA race in two weeks.


A hike in the woods

I hate having a dreadful and nagging feeling that something left undone or the pressure of something bad is about to happen.