As I had mentioned back in early May, I’m training for the Mohican Trail run and I’m doing the “weenie run”, which is the marathon distance. It’s also called the “kids run”. So yeah, it’s just the short distance as this event which is has a 50 miler and 100 miler run going on at the same time. Alan completed the 100 miler last year. While I’m hoping to come out of it with better looking feet than he had, I’m also hoping a little bit of trail running will help me out since I’m pretty much a road runner.
Last weekend Alan and I went to our local trail. They have beautifully paved trails as well as crushed gravel trails, but they also have the “Scout Trail”. It’s not near the elevation changes that I’ll see at Mohican, but it does have mud, sticks, weeds, water and bugs!
The day we ran it was actually raining. At first I thought I would not like race day to be raining, but it was quite pleasant because the trees diffused the rain and it kept us cool. I think it excited the mosquitoes a bit too much though because we were eaten alive whenever we stopped moving. Seriously, mosquito swarms in May??
Parts of the trail were completed blocked with water puddles, and eventually I just gave in and stomped right through them. (kudos to me, I didn’t even complain once! ) Even though I dislike compression socks/sleeves (too hot!!!! A royal pain to put on/take off!!), they were necessary for a trail run to protect my legs. Surprisingly I did not come down with a poison ivy rash from the trail!
The Scout Trail merges with another trail that has been built up for riding bikes. This feature was a teeter-totter. Fun to run over, it would be quite interesting to ride over!
Or biking on this!
We did a point to point run, which was about half of the trail = 7.5 miles. PHEW, I was whipped by the end of the run. Don’t worry, it’s only almost 3 more times longer than that Despite that, I felt like this was a really good simulation for some of the trails at Mohican, or at least some of the environment I will encounter – and I walked away with a good feeling about it all!
This week I’m tackling 14 miles on the trails for my long run. Fingers crossed!
Q: Got any big plans for Memorial Day weekend? Anyone racing?
Not me. Looking forward to cleaning my house, seeing friends, and cooking out!
Q: Do you like, and wear, compression socks or sleeves?
Is there a secret to them? How do you not overheat in them?
Q: Do you have a favorite brand/model of trail running shoes?
Q: Are mosquitoes a problem where you live??
Ugh. HATE those freaking bugs.