February Recap: Chickasaw Trace — Twisted fun; Bells Bend — fast and flat; Percy: Rad ice adventure; Shelby — glorious mud pit.
From the outset, March would prove just as eventful. Icepocalypse II occurred during the first week of March which set a spectacular backdrop for our run at Edwin Warner. I have no idea how many times I’ve run out there, other than it’s a bunch, and the snow made it look like a completely different park. We also had the Salomon rep out there which was perfect– the snow really put the demo shoes to the test. This run was also great because I think a good deal of the crew training for River Gorge hit their longest run yet. Beautiful day for progress!
Next stop — Montgomery Bell. I’d never been to Montgomery Bell before which, after this run, I’m mad that I’ve been missing out. The 9ish mile loop had tons to offer — fast, runnable sections, some climbs, back-to-back-to-back creek crossings, and a completely and epically flooded section of the trail. This section was about a quarter mile from the end, and as we’re approaching, all we see is water, water everywhere– at least twenty yards of deep water. Phil kept saying “I hope we go through that,” and sure enough, we did. It came up to Scott’s and my waist and a little lower for Phil and Steven. It. Was. Awesome. You can check it out in Steven’s video here:
Again, the crew pushed it and hit some of their longest runs ever!
On Tuesday, we eschewed our normal Tuesday night trails for another hill workout at Shelby and a St. Patty’s party at NRC. Steven showcased his newest videos on our training as well as a film on Kilian Jornet. It was quite possibly the most epic St. Patrick’s Day I’ve had since college. (And what happens at RunWILD, stays at RunWILD)
Our last run would take us to Long Hunter — the perfect place to get some good, easy miles in before race week. We ran at a good pace, and the 8 miles were over before I knew it. Everyone also got to see just how terrified I am of vultures so that was fun. After all of the cold, the run at Long Hunter was warm, sunny, and beautiful. It was the perfect place to wrap up our training.
The RunWILD Tour of Trails training was all I’d hoped it be and more. Phil, Steven, and Alicia did a bang up job, and our crew was so much fun. I can’t wait to see how everyone does at River Gorge! I’ll leave this parting advice for those racing:
-Be nice to and thank the aid station volunteers.
-Remember Phil’s trail etiquette speech.
-Be brave and strong.
-Embrace the pain, and don’t be afraid to suffer.
-Have so much flipping fun, and RunWILD!!!