This week I paid the price for running harder than I should have last week at the George Washington Birthday Marathon. I was pretty worn out the rest of the week, but managed to hit 75 miles for week.
I was feeling better towards the end of the week and decided that I'd head out to the Massanuttens for some mountain running on Saturday. The last time I was out there was MLK weekend in January, and I won't be able to get back to the mountains again until Elizabeth's Fat Ass 50K on March 14th, so this was a good weekend to do some serious climbing.
I went back to Buzzard Rock where I did MMT training run # 1. I did the same first 4.5 miles climbing up to Buzzard Rock and then explored some different trails after that. It ended up being a tougher course than MMT # 1. It was all rocky, steep single track trail with no fire roads (let alone actual roads) to be found.
It was a beautiful day and a really fun run. I had a tough time getting going and didn't really warm up until after the climb up Buzzard Rock. My legs still weren't exactly fresh for any of the run, but I did feel pretty decent once I got past the first 5 miles and loosened up. I ended up hitting around 26 miles and probably had around 5K feet of climbing.
Today it warmed up to the mid 40s and was a bright, sunny, clear day. I brought along the camera and took some pictures. Unfortunately I think my camera is broken and it died about 45 minutes in even though I had just put new batteries in it. I still managed to get a few good ones in though.
(Start of the trail coming off the trailhead. Pretty runnable, right?)
(Let the climbing begin!)