Last night we ran after-dark from shelter 10 at WyCo Park. The intent was to do two 5-mile loops on the hilly, rocky, rooty, and off-camber singletrack trails. Eight Trail Nerds showed up, two of which were newbies. One of the newbies, Robby, had just gotten out of the Army. The other newby was a fast young gal that is the new Mizuno rep for the region.
I started us out a little faster than normal, because that part of the trail is faster than the rest, and you have to "make hay while the sun shines." The new gal knew that Kyle and I were half-crazy for having run 100-milers before, but she asked us if we were crazy enough to run on spooky, unlit singletrack at night, by ourselves. I said, "how do you think Kyle and I met, 5 years ago?"
We hit the long 1/2-mile downhill at a brisk pace, and while nearing the bottom, we heard huge wings beating and crashing through the trees. The newby gal was freaked out, so we stopped and looked up with our flashlights. It was a flock of about 80 - 100 wild turkeys that had bedded-down in the trees for the evening. She asked what other surprises lurked out there, and I said, "flying monkeys of course." After all, this is Kansas, and we are on part of the "Run Toto Run" course.
She seemed to enjoy her run immensely, and the other newby did, as well. And I didn't hear any whining about the pace from "the usual suspect"...(a young guy that normally whines and drops out early). He saw that a "girl" could hold a conversation while running up and down steep hills quickly, while not tripping onto her face. (It was good for him). He even ran a second loop with us, something he never does.
The second loop felt great. Five of us continued on. We ran it in the opposite direction, and it was a little slower-going because of the course make-up. All in all, a great 10-mile trail run! My broken toe gave me some fits on the downhills, but other than that, it was not too bad. (The throbbing has stopped, for the most part).
Leg weight workout in the gym this morning.
Stationary bike and abs workout tonight.
Total miles so far, this week: 51
5 weeks ago