We decided to be there by 6:30 am to try and beat the heat. According to the forecast, the high for Saturday was 105 degrees. Ick! (Please fall, get here early!)
After just 2 minutes of hitting the trail we knew we were going to be in for some slow running. Recent storms had left the trails in really bad shape. Downed trees, limbs and debris all over the trails. In some places it was hard to even see if you were on the trail! To make it even more difficult, our extremely hot and dry summer had caused the trees to prematurely go dormant and drop their leaves, so in places we were running in deep leaves, sticks and branches.
|Clearing the trail? Or goofing off..|
|Lots of this.|
|Trail blocked again.|
|Finding ways around the downed trees.|
|If you look close you can see Don trying to make it through.|
And as a side note, thanks Ken for all the awesome trail markings from the last race...it was the only way we were able to keep from getting lost! Amazing to see all those big huge trees uprooted and huge limbs all over the ground, yet see a paper plate with "Tell Pat hi and wish her a happy birthday!" still looking like brand new on the tree before the aid station! We were thanking and blessing you every time we spotted a pink ribbon or arrow pointing our way! :)
All in all, I got in some good training for Do-Wacka-Do which is 3 weeks away. Still undecided on which distance I'll do, the 25K or the 50K.