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.



Day 129

I got home relatively early last night and for the first and longest time to see clear sky and a beautiful sunset over my beautiful city. I don’t remember when was the last time I was there in that moment. The last time I saw a sunset was while camping two weeks ago. I don’t remember when was the last time I was not busy on a Monday. Maybe I have been too busy training the last six months to notice the sunset. It finally dawned on me summer is here!

I might have suffered amnesia – not the real clinical one but still some kind of memory lapse. Monday has been my rest day for the longest time. So it should have been a regular occurrence that I would be home early on Monday. I don’t recall what I did for the last 52 Mondays but yesterday I went to my favorite eatery place. I felt I haven’t walked into the place for three years. I ordered my favorite dish they have there. I don’t know the name of the restaurant or what the dish is called. But I love it. I felt I haven’t eaten like that in a long time. I was still hungry by the time I finished. They were about to close so I didn’t order a second. I had ordered a second in the past, and usually the people would be shock, what that was not enough?

The time off allowed me to wandering aimlessly. I got home early and felt asleep. I woke up with what should I do now. I am not so clear what races I should run next year. The couple races I picked earlier for next year no longer appeal to me. Currently there is only a few I want to do. Maine Coast is highly on my list. Route 66 Marathon is too. And Richmond Marathon.

I signed up for the Iron Mountain Trail Ultra just a few days ago. There is still one more race /event for this year I haven’t registered – Salvage Man Tri, MD (I am eyeing the sprint distance).

Well not sure what I am doing really. I am looking for the drive that will move me forward. Usually signing up for races will do that.



Day 85

Snow day again but not too bad. Govt is open and school only gets two hours delayed opening. I pulled out my hiking boots for the occasion. I love them. They would definitely made it on my list of 50 joyful things. It was only halfway into work I realized my boots don’t have the insert in them.