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2976 total / 17 in 2014
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I love trail running and I'm ready to tackle my first 100 miler in Nov. Lots of running to do until then with some CrossFit mixed in. Love my weights too!

Keyalus ran: Did this same run bac...

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  • 11 miles
  • 03:54 time
  • 21:04 pace
  • 2510 calories
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  • 0 ft climb
  • 175 max hr
  • 154 avg hr
    • Currently 4/5 Effort.
    effort 4/5
good Hwy 60 to Mulky Gap 11.1 mi 03:54 21:04 pace

Did this same run back on 5/26 and had a much, much easier time this time around. I guess not having 10 miles on my legs already and starting at 7:15AM made it easier. The heat was no less oppressive today (probably worse) but I was handling it much better. I fueled well for most of this (1 PB&J, 2 servings of pretzel nuggets ~ 650 calories). Took S-Caps every 1/2 hr and drank liberally (~1.5L) this was perfect for the temps. Anticipated a 4 hour run but we made really, really good time. Things moved so quickly that were hit the DRT without my even realizing it. It felt *that* much easier.

Time for the run should have been about 3:42 or so compared to 3:58 last time. I got a little lost though. It's funny how you can go so quickly from being right behind someone to them disappearing around a corner and you yelling your heart out to empty air in the middle of a mountain.

I slowed down a bit from the group (of mountain goats) on the descent due to my fear of twisting an ankle on the loose rocks. I arrived at a campsite near where there appeared to be two trails and no blazes. The DRT is so overgrown that it isn't always clear which trail is the real thing. I chose the wrong route and then made it worse by going further to correct it. In the end, I could not find the trail or blazes for the life of me. Lots of unreturned "Hellos" screamed at the top of my lungs followed a brief moment of panic. Last year, I would have had a breakdown. This time, I knew I had to backtrack and find some blue blazes. In the process of backtracking, John and Kena found me. When I saw where the trail was and where I was, I was like WTF was I doing? I was in the middle of the mountain. How did I get there?!? Anyway, I ended up creeping slowly back down the hill I was on and running the very short distance down to Mulky. I swear, I am the only person who gets "lost" .1 miles from the end of the trail. SMH.

A very adventurous run that was better than the last time. One bad fall though. This is the third trail fall in a few weeks after no falls for a long time. A disturbing trend.

My watch read 9.1 miles for this run but it is recorded at 11.1. I bought a new sensor that I will calibrate for the trails because the 9.1 is correct for roads. It doesn't work so well with unswitchbacked up and down trails. I got about the same elevation gain as last time (3700ft) but hiker reports say 4700ft. My watch is behind on altitude anyway.

Note to self: Asked Perry about our pace and if it was good for H9. He said that might actually be a little fast for that race at that point. In a FB note, he suggested keeping an avg pace of 28-ish min/mile rather than trying to bank time. Interesting. Not sure of my strategy yet. I AM sure that I need a pacer or to stick with someone though. At night, it will be hell out there. If I can get lost during the day, I can only imagine...

  • Angela M.
    Angela M.

    My first run up on Coosa I got lost on the way back. This was last Sept. as it was so overgrown. You are brave. There is no way I would attempt that trail alone. I hope you are able to find someone to go with you at night. Great run!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Keyalus
    Keyalus

    I'm going to find someone for sure. Brad Goodridge knows those trails almost as well as Perry. I might try to tag along with him and Dan B. Candy also completed the race last year and she might run with me. There are options!

    almost 2 years ago Like

  • Angela M.
    Angela M.

    Awesome!

    almost 2 years ago Like