Monday, July 26, 2010

Birthday Run

Next week to celebrate my b-day (the big 3-0!), I'm going to run the length of Shenandoah National Park on the Appalachian Trail.  If any readers happen to be in the vicinity of this section of the Trail, drop by and run a section or two with me.

Here's the itinerary:

Day 1: Sunday 8/1
Start: US 522 (near Front Royal) in pm after leaving WVMTR camping weekend/run
End: Rattlesnake Point Overlook
Mileage: 17.6

Day 2: Monday 8/2
Start: Rattlesnake
End: Lewis Mtn Campground
Mileage: 36.4 (54.0 Total)

Day 3: Tuesday 8/3
Start: Lewis Mtn
End: Black Rock Gap or beyond
Mileage: 33.8 (87.8 Total)

Day 4: Wednesday 8/4
Start: Black Rock Gap
End: Rockfish Gap
Mileage: 19.3 (107.1 Total)

I know, if I were a real man I just run it all at once - don't think I didn't consider it!  My intention is to get the most efficient and effective 100M training out of this instead of beating myself up too much. . . and I want to have fun instead of bringing any undue suffering upon myself - especially since it's a Birthday Run!


  1. Enjoy a nice easy few days. No suffering for a youngster of soon to be 30. Remain safe and have so much fun!

  2. Hey Adam,
    Have great run and happy birthday! Sounds like some sweet training.

  3. Enjoy! Have a wonderful time and a very happy birthday (in case I don't get to see you in person to pass those wishes along.) Any suggestions for what a gal should do for the big 4-0 in a year and a half? ;)

  4. Thanks guys.

    Lori- I think you'll be ready for an ultra for your 40th!

  5. Sounds awesome. Happy b-day. Enjoy.

  6. Lori, I imagine that Adam knows you pretty well to suggest that you run an ultra in celebration of your 40th year on this wonderful earth. Listen to him. He knows his stuff at least in regards to a few things (found a great wife and friend in Kadra, knows his eyeballs and knows a few things about running - beyond that ?). In all seriousness, I ran my first ultra at 42. I am now 49 with 66 under my belt. My only regret is not learning about trail/ultra running earlier in life. One of the best things that has ever happened to me. Make Adam proud, you won't be sorry!!!

  7. Rick,
    I'm working towards the 1/2 marathon at the Trilogy as my first trail race. Adam has been a huge help. Great to hear from someone else who has taken this up "later in life". If the 1/2 goes well, we'll see what I decide to do from there. Thanks much for the encouragement!

  8. Rick - You're right; I've got a few things figured out. Running ultras is certainly an experience I'm glad to have had in life (I can thank Dan for that). I hope Lori keeps up her running. She's moved up from 5K to a HM in a year, so maybe she'll be due for an ultra before too long. I think she's hooked!

  9. Lori, I had seen that you were signed up for the Trilogy 1/2 marathon. That is wonderful. The Trilogy 1/2 is going to put a whole new twist and desire into your trail running. Be ready for what is going to happen to you emotionally. A whole new desire for the joy of running and racing on the trails is going to occupy your daily thoughts. The new people and interactions with other trail runners is going to hit you like a flood. Hanging around Adam, he might tell you that I love your West Virginia races. I am unable to come to Trilogy, but I will be at Adam's Cheat Mountain next month and I run Highland Sky. My wife, Tammy, accompanies me most of the time to crew for me and others. She knows more people than I do. I will meet someone and they will say, Oh your Tammy's husband. Trail runners are just so special in so many ways. Be ready, you are in for a ride of your life.

    Tammy and I are running Sasquatch on 01/08/11. Tammy will run the 25k and I will run the 50k. A 25k might just be the way to start off your new year.

    Adam, Knowing Dan, it is not suprising that he got you involved. I agree that Lori is hooked. What a great thing to be hooked/adicted to.

  10. Rick,
    I crewed for a good buddy at HS this year. What an amazing experience. If there had been any doubts in my mind about the 1/2 before that, they were completely erased. Such great folks and so exciting! It's looking like I'm going to be part of a group from Elkins that's going to help man one of the aid stations at CMMM. Looking forward to meeting y'all then. I don't think I had a chance to chat with Tammy at HS, but couldn't swear to it either way. Hooked is a fair description of where I'm at these days. It is a great thing to be addicted to!

  11. This is one of the few things in life that we should be addicted to and it sure is wonderful. Sounds like you have already begun that adventure. Be sure Kadra, Adam or Dan introduces you to me at Cheat. I will be bringing two, maybe three people with me to Cheat. All of them are newbies to Cheat, so they are in for a grand adventure. Cheat will be one of the ladies first 50, so as you can imagine she is a bit jitterie with this being her first 50 and also her first night race. We have done a long night run, but the race is a bit different when your chances of being alone are greater. I certainly appreciate your help with taking care of an aid station. It will be a very rewarding experience and us runners could not do it without the volunteers. See you in four weeks. Rick