Here are just a few photos I took during our trail run in Southern Harriman State Park of New York.
Its been sometime since I have been on the trails running and to be doing so again has given me a certain energy that running trails can only bring. As the legs get stronger, the adventures go deeper, it becomes addicting. My adventurous curiosity has taken me many places and wanting to know what lies around each bend pushes me to explore farther then before.
In December when I began to put my ultra-running race calendar together, The Grindstone 100 was on my list but so was The Badwater 135 and at the time I had know Idea if I would get in nor how I would feel if I finished such an epic event. Ever since I crossed the finish line of the Badwater 135, I wanted more.
Another adventurous weekend coming up! Elizabeth and I are heading down to Virginia where she will be racing in the Grindstone 100 Mile Endurance run through the George Washington National Forest.
I knew the Appalachian Gap Road pretty well and was familiar with its final pitch of around a 20% grade to the summit. I had raced up Middlebury Gap in past GMSR as well and really enjoyed this stretch of road but I kept hearing about Lincoln Gap and about some of the others with their dirt sections and steep grades. I was deeply interested, as I needed to see and feel what the suffering was all about
Yes, I am going to be one of those people dressed in white at the starting line of one of the worlds toughest foot races, The BADWATER 135 MILE ULTRAMARATHON! I will stand there bare boned, with my heart and mind all on display. Am I prepared for the 120+ degree temperatures, possible heat stroke, dehydration, blisters and so on? The answer is no but my mind, heart and body are more then ready to be put through the ultimate test that Badwater has to offer.
After my DNF (did not finish) in the Massanutten 100 Mile trail ultra, do to an injury that could have ended my season if I continued, it was time to begin the healing process. In short, I began a rest, Ice, compression regimen and foam rolled (SMR) as well as strengthened the injured area that happened during the MMT 100 when I rolled my ankle.
May 14th Joe and I headed to Virginia to run/adventure in the beautiful Shenandoah Mountains. We were there for The Massunuttan Mountain Trail 100 Mile Run that started at 5:00 am that Saturday. 200 people or so toed the line for the start of the MMT 100, which is billed as one of the hardest if not the rockiest 100 milers in the nation, which included 18,000 feet of elevation gain along the way.
Greetings, I wanted to give you a quick update on what's been going on in the Mountain Peak Fitness world. Joe and I have been training for the up coming exciting 2009 season. Our season is shaping up to be pretty epic, Joe is planning on taking his mountain biking to new heights by incorporating more 100 mile mtb races to his schedule and I'm eagerly awaiting my acceptance letter to see if i gained entry to what is billed as the toughest foot race on the planet the famed Badwater 135 in Death Valley CA.. I guess the number 100 is pretty powerful it's such a great round number ya know!! In addition to our training we have been secretly updating our wonderful website called www.MountainPeakFitness.com which i have to say we are pretty proud of if you get a chance check it out and feel free to let us know what you think. We have also started a trail running group that meets every sun. in Harriman State Park, in Harriman, NY. The wintery conditions here in the North East have really been adding to our fun factor while training, by running through deep snow or snow shoeing trying out different traction devices for our sneakers or going through desperate measures to keep our hydration bladders from freezing it's been a blast. We hope you are enjoying what the outdoors has to offer!!!