If fate had smiled favorably on me, I would have been running the Western States 100 today, where by the way, both Geoff Roes 15:07 and Anton Krupicka 15:13 broke the course record. Instead I have 62 days left until my 100, which is probably just as well. I noticed that last week I said I had 72 days til Sisters to Sisters, haha, nope, that's what I get for having my brain on too many events at one time. Today was my last big training run before Sisters to Sisters which will be here in a little over a week. I started in Laurel, OR, if you don't know where that is, don't worry, neither did I. I ran up and over Bald Peak, big long steep 3 mile hill up to a beautiful view.
While figuring out where I was going I decide to take advantage of the slowed pace and eat something, then I realized that I had forgotten to put the food I had prepared in the car. I was about 10 miles into 30 and in a seriously bad mood, I was pissed at how many stops I had to make and then the prospect of no food for the entire run. Jeanne saved the day by finding a small store and getting me some crackers and peanut butter. She got one more day saver but that comes later.
Once I started seeing signs directing me to Hagg Lake and now knowing I had food waiting for me when I got there my mood improved quite a bit and I ran really well to the lake. I had intended to run the lake counter clockwise to get the big hills done earlier but I assumed that I could pick up the trail on the north side of the dam and directed Jeanne to drive ahead of me. There was no trail access so we ended up going over the dam to the South side. Realizing the mistake and not wanting to get all pissy again I just decided to run clockwise. I ate some peanut butter and crackers and refilled my bottle with Infinit and took to the trails. I'm really not crazy about trails. I know they're serene and beautiful, and you're suppose to have some spiritual awakening while running them, but you end up having to watch your feet so much it really doesn't matter how beautiful the scenery around you is. Here's an example, this is what the brochure would look like
And here is what most of the trails looked like.