This past Thursday, the 2nd, marked my 2-year anniversary of running, celebrated with a great run! This week also wrapped up the month of January in which I covered about 238 miles on trails in Western North Carolina. Yeehaw!
I had the pleasure of seeing many many miles of new trails this week and running with a bunch of great folks. I was absolutely delighted to meet Mike over at Umstead and can't thank him enough for the tour and insight about the park. Best wishes at the Umstead Marathon, Mike! I consider myself very blessed to be feeling healthy and strong, and really looking forward to Runs For Relief: Rhode Island in a couple of weeks.
I think Luna ran a record number of miles this week logging about 62, including a 7 mile jaunt around Salem Lake with "Grandpa" on Saturday. What a pup! Here is what we ran this week:
AM- 5.5 miles in 45 minutes with Mel and Luna, 800 ft. Loop around Bear Branch in Mills River area and Bad Creek trail up to Bent Creek Gap
Also AM- 3.1 miles on Lower Sidehill Trail with Luna, 25 minutes
AM- 8 miles in 1:15 with Luna, Trace Ridge to Beaverdam, Spencer Branch to Reservoir to trailhead, ~1800 ft
Also AM- 7 miles with Mel and Luna in 1:45, to the Reservoir and Spencer Branch and Neverending Rd to trailhead ~500 ft?
PM- 7 miles with Adam and Luna on the MST near Sweeten Creek in 57 minutes, 840 ft
AM- 19 miles with Luna (first 13 with Mike and Adam). Sweet loop through Mills River area from Bent Creek Gap, then Bent Creek Gap to Lake Powhatan to meet Melissa in 2:40. 2,850 ft
A little biking
AM- About 15 miles in Umstead State Park (1 loop of Umstead 100 miler course + some Sycamore Loop) in 2 hours, 1000 ft. Always a pleasure to meet local trailrunners.
AM- 4 miles in Winston-Salem with Luna in 29:38.
Totals: 68.5 miles,10 hours 15 minutes, 7,000 ft gain