Tuesday, August 24, 2010


What is it about rain that turns an average run into an Epic Adventure? Today's run was a perfect example.

The plan:

Run to Highland Park, and run 2 miles worth of hill repeats (about 20 hills), doing 10 push-ups at the bottom and 10 sit-ups at the top of each repeat. There was some dread about running through the long grass that we jogged through yesterday. On the way to the park, the humidity was very high, it was going to be a sweaty run to say the least.

The reality:

We got there to find the grass very freshly mowed (the mowers were parked at the top of the hill, taking a lunch break). Good, but the grass was about 10 inches tall, so what's left was a wet, green, shirt staining mess.

Oh well. 3, 2, 1, let's go!

Just as we started the workout, the sky opened and the rain started to fall. The temperature probably dropped 10 degrees almost instantly. A few minutes into the workout, it really started pouring. I mean torrential.

It was beautiful.

We found ourselves laughing like children running up and down that hill. We were blinded by the huge summer droplets, making the pot holes hard to dodge. Still, the kid in us ran, as hard he possibly could. It turned into an epic workout that we will remember for some time. Somewhere along the way I told Sammy that I hoped we never got tired of working out like that, and that I hoped we never said, "Not today, it looks like rain."

And I mean it.

On the way back downtown, the rain stopped. It's funny how things work out like that.

Run hard out there.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fog on Fulhardt Knob

It's amazing what a difference one day can make in the weather.

Friday it was in the 90s, sunny and hot. Then a front moved in.

Saturday we ran in temperatures in the high 60s, low 70s in the hottest part of the afternoon. Here is a pic from the top of Fulhardt Knob, in a thick fog.

Then today, it was back in the upper 80s again.

What will tomorrow bring?

Run hard out there...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Mountain Running

What a way to end the week: three days in a row of mountain running.

Thursday we ran up Mill Mountain. Not a mighty mountain, but also not a bad start to the weekend. 6 miles.

Friday evening we ran up and over McAfee's Knob. That was a fun run finished off with a good (late) meal with BBQ and (some new) friends. 8 miles.

Saturday Jay and I ran the AT from 220N to Fulhardt Knob Shelter and a mile beyond before turning around and running back to the car. The humidity had to have been 111%, but the temperature was comfortable for the first time in weeks. The mountain was covered in a heavy fog which collected in the webs of the orb weavers, decorating our path along the way. It was the most beautiful run I've had in some time. A bit challenging too. 14 miles.

Sunday will be a day of rest, before getting into another week of fun.

Run hard out there...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Run the mountain

(Sandbag Hillclimb, 2009 CrossFit Games)

Today we run the mountain at lunch. How high can you get on your lunch hour?

Run hard out there...