June 23, 2012
Start: Cascades National Recreation Trail, Pembroke, VA
Finish: Mountain Lake Resort, Giles County, VA
I read through the course description many times and at some point I really should have become concerned about my limited ability and some of the arduous sounding adjectives used to describe the course, but I just thought they were trying to tout the race as really challenging. Looking at the pictures on the website you saw images of flat beautiful trails through the shady trees, rambling creeks and a peaceful waterfall, nirvana. The description however used phrases like “two mile climb”, “if your legs are still your friend”, “this section will just rest your legs for what’s to come”, and more….I should have gotten nervous but thought, ‘oh it’s just being dramatic’, I mean you should see the really pretty waterfall picture (which they failed to mention is about ½ way to the top of a really tall MOUNTAIN).
|Pretty waterfall...what a freaking climb.|
|Nice little climb after the water fall...yummy on|
The race continued along fire roads and some packed gravel areas but there were also just a lot of nice trails to run along. Everyone, especially the volunteers and many ambulance crews were so incredibly nice and the other runners seemed to be just like me, they obviously loved the sport wand were out for a great run. My quads began to mildly forgive me during miles 6-17 where although the ascent clearly topped the descent there were some fairly flat areas and even a few down hills, WHOOP!
|The trails look nice and flat...|
turn left ahead and climb a mountain suckers.
|Nothing like going off course during a race...|
|I love my hand carved award...|
totally worth it!
|Life sized chess. Cool =)|
Are you going to run the Eastern Divide Ultra 2013?
Any questions for me?
Have you started practicing your hill (mountain work) yet? BWAHAHAHAHAHA....