Map and Directions hand out before the run
The group stayed together for the first 7 miles. This would be our first waterfall stop and we quickly dropped our gear for a soak in the falls. The water was ice cold and very refreshing. I quickly realized that this group would treat this 22 mile course as a fun social with lots of running between the falls. We spent 35 minutes at the first fall. Some eating, laughter, and pictures would wrap up our first stop.
The next 7 miles would be just myself and another runner named Dave. It was cool talking with someone new and it made the miles pass by rather fast. Around mile 14 I felt as if I was bonking. This entire route was one big loop and totally self supported. This meant if you did not bring something key than you went without. I had already eaten my food and knew that I needed more calories. No matter how many times Dave helped me look at the map it never changed and he finally said "You are in this for the LONG HAUL." He offered me a GU and after another 2 miles I took it. Anyone who knows me knows I can not do the GU's but on Saturday I forced it down and was thankful.
I skipped the last two waterfall stops and headed back to the parking lot where it all began. The course had offered a lot of climbing and nothing but endless single trek trails. It was a beautiful, very isolated course. Scott was able to mountain bike and do some reading while I was running. Relaxing for him but a long time to wait for me. THANKS AGAIN SCOTT!!!!
Distance: 22 miles
Running Time: 4:15
Waterfall Stops: 1 hour
Soak in the Stream following the run: 10 minutes.
3 Deer (one of them was the largest I had ever seen)
Parrots (As I was leaving the trails I saw 2 people walking in with 3 parrots on their shoulders)
Each long run gives me an opportunity to gage where I am at in training. I am pleased with the pace of this training run but I am not pleased with my lack of taking in the proper amount of calories. Not being hard on myself but I learned a lot from my first self-supported run.
Looking forward to meeting back up with this group again hopefully real soon. Also got to run some with Mike (part of our Team Dirty Feet) and his friend Mike. Both super nice guys.
Waiting on the pictures to be posted within the next few days. My camera is broken and it is runs like this that I wished I had had one.