Not much to say here: just a jaunt around the neighborhood and Amazon Trail on the way back
Tuesday 6/11 - Spencer Summit from Blanton - (1:18, 1,841' gained) -
Early morning ridgeline run and Spencer tag before heading out to NC
Wednesday 6/12 - Off - travel to NC
Thursday 6/13 -
a.m. - Occonneechee Mtn Loop - (:35, 489' gained) -
First run back in NC on one of my favorite loops! Hot, humid, and I was completely soaked by the end of it. Nice to be back on these technical, rolling trails. Way different from trail running in the PNW--lots of roots and rocks, and little steep climbs that are over before you know it.
p.m. - Duke East Campus Loop from Sedgefield - (:30, 174' gained) -
Mid-afternoon fry in 95+ degree temps with 3000 percent humidity. Talk about a welcome back from the South! Another classic run from home. Mostly neighborhoods and gravel, but still good to check out the old stompin' grounds.
Friday 6/14 - Holden's Mill and Cox Mtn x3 - (1:35, 1,270' gained) -
I decided to head to the Eno River State Park Trails and a couple of classic loops. Started out on Holden's Mill which was a nice, mostly flat warm-up with some scrambly along-the-river sections on the way back. Then I crossed the Eno and headed up Cox Mountain, back down the backside, turned around, headed back up and over (down again) and turned around and up for a third time. This is a steep little hill, but it felt really short (about a 2 minute climb) compared to the 30 minute climbs in the Cascades. Over-all, a good run/effort and the best I could expect while visiting so many people. Glad I was able to sneak it in.
Saturday 6/15 - Beuhler Trail - (:30, 279' gained) -
Quick lap with some added on. Managed to run the first mile in 6:33, and felt really aerobic--a good sign for this Maffetone training, especially considering the big night last night (Fullsteam Brewery Shenanigans and late-night pizza feast). It was really hot and humid, even though it was still morning.
Sunday 6/16 - Lexington Trails - (:31, 279' gained) -
Who would have thought there was a trail out here by my parent's lake house. Pretty bushwacky stuff, but a fun adventure through the woods marked by a couple of short out and backs. Mostly doubletrack/horse-ish trail really grown over. Hope I don't break out in poison ivy after this one. I ran through about 25 spiderwebs, and slipped around on that NC red clay. Add in the humidity and insects, and that's running in NC! Weirdly, it was kind of nice.
|Blaine back on the trail in NC|
|short and steep (notice the geeky HR monitor)|
|From atop the "mountain"-- our old house was in that clearing|
|A great trail|