Monday, June 30, 2014

June 30 (Monday)

June 30 (Monday) - Off. I can barely walk let alone run. I felt 'ok' hobbling around late Sunday in Maine at my brothers, but once I went to sleep on Sunday night and woke up Monday, I felt like I was hit by a truck.  I opted to rest and spend the day with the family doing normal person stuff. Did I mention Tabby loves going outside?  That's all she says now is 'outside' 'outside' and points at the door.  I guess that is better than wanting an iPad or phone all the time.  Kristin took off for a couple hours shopping so I was watching Tabby.  I was sitting in my office for about 10 minutes and realized it was awful quiet.  I wasn't sure what the deal was but I got nervous and jumped up to go look to see what she was up to.  I looked in all the usual spots.  She wasn't around.  Then I walked around to the front hallway.  She had taken one of the cat beds and brought it in there and then curled up inside it and fell asleep....for 2 hours.  It was an instant classic.

at the beginning...

near the end...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

June 29 (Sunday) - Wildcat Mountain Race

June 29 (Sunday) - 3 mile warmup (mountain/trails) + Wildcat Mountain Race (5 miles) (results) - 1st OA - 42:08 + 3 mile cooldown (roads).  11 miles total.

Looking up from the Wildcat parking lot.

Some stubborn (late June) snow in the ravine.

Drove up to Jackson, NH for the first annual Wildcat Mountain Race.  The race was a 5 mile up and down race that basically went along the perimeter of the entire mountain (clockwise) grinding all the way to the very top and then screwing all the way back down recklessly to the bottom again...just the kind of race I fear nowadays... but I was there bright and early.

I warmed up on the first and last parts of the race + a bunch down at the bottom.  The race is a grind with over 2.5 miles of climbing, so my warmup was pretty slow and most of it was flat, as I would surely have enough climbing during the race.  There was a problem with the gondola (which needed to take water stop and medical personnel to the summit) so the race was delayed by 30 minutes.  That doesn't sound like a huge deal, but when it's June 29th and it's a 10am start and it's one of the warmest days of the year so far, it's not good.  By the time the race started, the temps had risen a few more degrees and it was getting pretty warm.  There was no shade on the course.  The entire run is on ski trail with zero single track.  While I was mingling around before the race and warming up, I was noticing a few guys warming up that looked pretty decent.  There was practically no one there that I knew, which was very strange.  The numbers looked pretty good (with two race options....a 5k and a 5M course) but it seemed like a lot of people from outside the normal mountain scene.

As the race went off, one of the guys I was worried about (from the warmups) took off like he was running a 5 mile road race.  It was impressive.  It kind of reminded me of Ferenc at Sleepy Hollow...and I remember how that ended.  I started off very easy and relaxed during the first 200-300 meters which is all flat and gentle rolling across the back of the base lodge.  He continued to pull away and by the time we got to the beginning of the climb, he was gone.  I was pretty shocked at how hard he took it out as the climb gets steep very quick.  The terrain is rugged and the grass was long.  There was mud, waterbars, and lots of slick footing.  It was a nice mixture of Loon meets Cranmore to an extent, but just all up continuously.  No cutting across or drops at all.  By about 3/4 of a mile up, I started to gain just a bit on the leader.  He wasn't really giving up much but I was determined to see if I could just go slow and steady and pass him somewhere up the long climb without gassing myself.

Right at the 1 mile mark, I was able to pull up along side him.  I commented to him to just keep it going steady. He sounded like he was breathing pretty heavy but he was still very strong.  Right after we started running somewhat together, we came to a questionable turn...I quickly pointed and he confirmed the direction... again it climbed and I really wasn't losing him too much.  I felt pretty sluggish but I was determined to see if I could get some sort of a lead before the second half, which I was very concerned about (all downhill).  Again, we came to another fork in the course and this time, it was where the 5k and 5M courses split.  The way they had the arrows setup was a little confusing but again he confirmed that we went left and we both started again up the 5M route.   During this stretch of up up up, I started to gain a little big of a lead but nothing that couldn't be made up within a minute of downhill if this guy was a better descender than me.  I had no clue if he was or not. I knew by this time he was a great uphill runner...I wasn't sure about his downhill though.

Around 2 miles (maybe a little before), I went  straight when I should have gone left and quickly corrected but lost a few seconds trying to figure out where I was.  There was a water stop there but it was unmanned and no one was there to tell you where to go.  There was no markings on that corner.  The crew that was supposed to be there wasn't there so it was a little confusing.  I had probably 15-20 second lead on the second guy at this point.  Not enough. He was hanging tough and just lingering back there (it reminded me of Kris Freeman at Loon a couple years ago...I just couldn't shake him completely).

Over the next half mile, there were a couple of the steepest sections of climb and I really pushed here to try to lose him.  I built up a pretty good lead by the time I hit the summit.  I immediately shot up and over, passing the water stop and not taking anything (as I didn't at any of the stops...I just wanted to get it over with!).  Sam and Abbey Wood were at the top cheering me on.  I started the downhill section with my fingers crossed. It ended up being more brutal that I imagined.  I looked back a couple times when I was up and over the top and on the way down, and didn't see the 2nd place guy now.  I was somewhat confident that I had built up an OK lead (or at least as much of one as I could have imagined) but had no clue about how much (if any) he'd be faster than me on the way down.

The descent was absolutely brutal.  The grass was long, the rocks were wet, the mud was...muddy, and the slope was STEEP.  I was out of control a lot on the way down.  I am talking completely out of control and unable to slow down, stop, or accurately turn at all.  A couple times I thought I was going to wipe out and it was like slow motion...just me knowing I was going to eat sh*t at any moment and waiting for it to happen.  Luckily my decision to go with the Mudclaw 300s (a heavier shoe but crazy big lugs for good traction) was a good one and it kept me on my feet.   There were big white mile markers at every mile and they were incredibly accurate (my Garmin beeped within 20 feet of each one).  By the 3 mile mark (now only just shy of .5 miles down) my back started spasming on me.  This happened to me at Winter Wild last year and at Bretton Woods.  When I go very steep downhill (I'm talking straight down ski slopes for anyone reading this who 'think' they have run downhill before...if you have not run down a 3-4000'er ski slope, you do not understand) my back starts to spasm on me.  The muscles get super tight and just lock up.  I was grabbing my back and really trying to tip toe at this point.  By 3.5 I wasn't sure I'd be able to make it.  My back was killing me and my heels were now on fire, a-la Wachusett.  I knew I'd have no heels left AGAIN and I was really starting to get nervous.  I kept looking back (UP) and never saw anyone as far as the eye could see. I started to think that if I could just survive the drop down to the base, I'd be able to hold off and win.   I started to see 5k people come back onto the course where the two races meet.  I started weaving by people who were cheering me on.  Close to the bottom, as I was thinking that I had just sunk my chances of doing well at Loon, the course flattened out a little (but was still going down) and I started to feel better.  My feet were killing me but my back wasn't as bad.  There was one small little up section that cut across to another slope right near the bottom.  It's there, on the cutover section that was basically flat, where I ate it for the only time. I stepped in a 3 foot deep mudhole and just went right down on my face.  I threw my fists into the mud at the last minute to stop my face from taking the hit.  I quickly got up, pulled myself out, and started down to the finish.

In the end, I was able to somehow put a few minutes on the guys on the downhill.  The guy who was trailing me right up to the top, got passed on the way down (right near the finish area) by a 20 year old dude who worked at Wildcat!  Unreal.  I ran 42:08 and my Garmin read 4.99 miles.  That's pretty much spot on.  2nd and 3rd were only separated by 7 seconds.  After talking about the race with the guy who was with me on the way up, I found out that not only does he now live in Wakefield NH (Union is a village of Wakefield) where my parents live and where I was before I moved to Madison, but him and I ran against each other in High School.  We know a lot of the same people from that time.  He was '96 and I was '95.  We cooled down 3 miles out on Route 16 towards the Auto Road and then headed back.

Top 10 Overall (CMS in blue)

1JIM JOHNSON    37MADISON NH       42:08 8:26
2Jordan Cargill 20North Conway NH  45:13 9:03
3Ryan Vigil     35Union NH         45:20 9:04
4Kurt Schuler   26Plymouth NH      49:36 9:56
5Shaun Flynn    25meredith NH      49:43 9:57
6Dave Burnett   51wenham MA        50:4110:09
7Richard Fargo  55Plainville CT    51:3810:20
8Jeffrey Hixon  40Boxford MA       51:3910:20
9Nick Citriglia 35Farmington ME    52:1610:28
10Paul Bazanchuk59Center Conway NH 52:3410:31

92 Total Finishers.

Leslie Crusher got the win on the women's side, exactly 11 minutes behind me (which is too close for comfort).  I watched her come down to the finish and she was flying!  She was moving way faster than I was at the end, that's for sure.  We both got a sweet EMS bag for the effort.  She paid 6 dollars for a beer (Fenway prices) and I hit the road, only hoping that I will be able to recover for Loon in a week.

Leslie (1st Woman) and I after the awards...

Later that afternoon, Kristin and I and Tabby headed over to my brother's place in Shapleigh, ME for a birthday party for my nephew.  Good times.... let the vacation begin....

Saturday, June 28, 2014

June 28 (Saturday)

June 28 (Saturday) - after a full day at the beach in Madison with the family, I hit up an easy 6 miles on the trails w/ Darin Brown from his house.  Bugs were ATROCIOUS.  That's the last time I'm in there for at least a month or so.... We were originally going to do 8 but it ended up being 6 after ingesting 3 miles of bugs on the way out...

Tabby Rose enjoying Silver Lake in Madison.

Friday, June 27, 2014

June 27 (Friday)

June 27 (Friday) - Late day 6 miles w/ Nick Brown from his house.  Down to snowmobile trails and out towards Ossipee Lake Rd and then back.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 26 (Thursday)

June 26 (Thursday) - 3 miles of easy trails.  Legs a big heavy from yesterday and was wrapped up with the new thing after work which is taking Tabby outside.  She LOVES outside.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June 25 (Wednesday)

June 25 (Wednesday) - Met up w/ Downtown Darin Brown at the base of E.Madison Rd. at King Pine for the 'Madison to Maine' out and back.  We headed west up Horseleg Hill / Towle Hill Rd / Cold Brook Rd / Rice Hill Rd. and down to the Maine state line (Porter, Maine).  Then turned and headed back. 1900 feet of climbing in this VERY hilly backcountry road run.  Half paved, half dirt roads.  We took a quick dip in Purity Lake when we got back.  11.85 miles.  I got the Madison/Eaton town line, the Eaton/Freedom town line, and the state line on the way out....and then got them all on the way back....uncontested. We got back just before the rain started.  Good solid midweek run.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June 24 (Tuesday)

June 24 (Tuesday) - Whitaker Woods Summer Series again in NoCo.  After last week's 16:55 (and battle with Tim Livingston), I didn't feel like going hard again...especially after Washington this weekend and a 15.5 mile trail run on Sunday and peak bag yesterday.  My legs were a little tired.  But after I warmed up on the course for a couple miles, I saw not only Tim ready to go, but Tristan Williams again, and KT showed up right before the race started.  So now there were the 4 usual suspects + Nick and Darin Brown and some other Kennett H.S. guys there.  It was looking like another fast one.

As the race went out, Tim took it out hard and I latched on behind.  Kevin and Tristan was right behind and I let Tim do most of the work for the first half mile.  Around a half mile in, as we were on our way back towards the homestead, I put in a very subtle surge to see if I could break apart the group.  Tim dropped back just a hair but then rode back up.  I did this again on the long stretch before the first mile mark.  Tim stayed right along side me.  When we went through the mile, he was a step ahead of me on my right.  We went through in 5:23, which is fast for this course.  Last week we were 5:25, so we were actually a little quicker this week and the effort didn't feel too bad.

As I hit the turn onto the grass and cut across to go back into the woods, I surged again.  Tim came along about a step or two behind.  We made our way up to the hill and of course, as usual, Tim blew passed me.  If he's close, he almost always beats me up the hill.  He's really fit right now so he was right with me at the bottom and surged ahead.  I let him go.  He put a huge gap on me on the first climb and then the second small up.  By the third section of the climb, I had snuck back close to him and by the top of the entire climb, I had moved up next to him again.  By the first step over the top, I went by and he told me 'good job' but I wasn't convinced he was done by any means.  I started the downhill section with him a few steps behind.  Usually this is where I pull away.  I tried to stay on the gas during this part but was gassed by the 2 mile mark.  Tim was only a few seconds behind and was staying there.

During the 3rd mile, I was able to pull ahead just a tiny bit but not enough to make me think I could settle down.  I had to keep pushing over the root-filled (but flat) last mile.  I ended up coming through in 16:51.  4 seconds faster than last week.  To my delight (and his), Tim came crashing through in 16:59 for his first ever sub 17 on this version of the course.  He was pumped.  A PR for him and back to back weeks of quick times.  I was pretty pleased with my effort too, all things considered.  It may be the case where a sub 17 effort is in order for most weeks this summer (weather permitting).  I think it will be tough to do the week after Cranmore for sure....and it may be tough to do in the blazing late afternoon heat in July/August, but we'll see.  Effort-wise I don't think there will be any easy weeks this summer with Nick Brown coming back into form and Zach or Isaac showing up (Zach was not there this week).  Either one of those guys can run a lot quicker than I did tonight.  Kevin was 3rd in 17:41 and Tristan was right behind him with a 17:49.

2 mile cooldown over the first mile of the course (one w/ Darin and KT and the other w/ just Darin).  7 miles total with a solid effort on tired legs.

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 23 (Monday)

June 23 (Monday) - Met up w/ Kevin again (yes, he's out of hibernation), this time in Ossipee over at Gilman Valley Rd. again for an out and back on logging roads and the Corridor 15 snowmobile trail.  As we went up and down the big climb of Corridor 15, I remembered the trail up to Bayle Mtn.  I hadn't gotten all the way to the top before (because of dark) so I suggested we hit up the summit instead of just staying on the snowmobile trails.  When we got to the summit (after a pretty steep and rocky single track climb which required a little bit of walking here and there) we were pleasantly surprised at the views.  It's a very wide, expansive summit with views from all around.  There are many vantage points to check out and a lot of good views of the north sides of the southern Ossipees including Shaw. You also get some nice views of Conner Pond and Ossipee and Silver Lakes.  You can also see Wildcat and Carter Dome from the top.  It was a very cool (unplanned) peakbag.  9 miles total.  Descent amount of climbing but I didn't have my Garmin with me.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

June 22 (Sunday)

June 22 (Sunday) - 15.5 miles on the Lower Nanamocomuck ski trail with Kevin Tilton and Eric MacKnight.  We met at 7am (which was rough because I was up all night with Tabby and only got a couple hours of sleep) at the Covered Bridge in Albany off the Kanc.  We headed west on the Nanamocomuck all the way across to Bear Notch Rd.  Then went up a little ways and headed back on a slightly different path for a bit on a higher ski trail before dropping back into the same trail we went out on.  We added a different additional loop on the way back with some good climbing.  In total, over 15 miles of solid single track for the day after a grind at Mount Washington.  Beautiful day out... soaked in the river afterwards under the bridge before heading home.

Overall, 72.8 miles for the week (with one 3 mile day), which is really good for me right now.  33.2 miles over just the weekend alone.  Descent race at Mt. Washington, all things considered.  I will elaborate more when I have time to whip up a race recap and catch up on the racing I've done the last few weeks.  

Huge shout out to Andrew Huebner of Portsmouth, NH who ran a 2:17:05 marathon at Grandmas in Minnesota over the weekend.  That qualifies him for the Olympic Trials in Los Angeles in February (2016).  Big congratulations to Joe Gray who FINALLY got his day in the sun (and clouds) at Mount Washington.  He won a good race over a very fit Eric Blake and Sage Canaday among others.  I was very happy to see him get his win.  He was due after a couple years of 2nd places and a slew of top finishes over the last bunch of years.  Another great run from Justin Freeman at Washington as well. Justin took home the Crossan cup again for NH's top male finisher. I was really pumped to get second place in the team competition with CMS beating out Whirlaway but losing to a very loaded Team Colorado.  It was good catching up w/ all the people at the race this weekend.  It was another great weekend in the valley.  I'll see everyone in another couple weeks!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

June 21 (Saturday)

June 21 (Saturday) - 18.2 miles total with 3 mile warmup with some Whirlaway boys, MacKnight, and some others + 7.6 UP (Mount Washington Road Race - 17th place - 1:09:43) + 7.6 miles DOWN (most with Amy Rusiecki).  Will do a race writeup for this separately.

Friday, June 20, 2014

June 20 (Friday)

Waited until about 7:30pm or so...did a very easy 3 miles w/ Eric MacKnight, who's staying here this weekend for Mt. Washington and didn't roll into the driveway until about 7pm.  We went from the house, down 113 and hit up the small Ward Parcel trail behind Burke Field for an easy single track trail loop and then headed back.  Feeling OK.  Only slight lingering congestion is a concern.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

June 19 (Thursday)

June 19 (Thursday) - 8 miles (4 out, 4 back) w/ Darin Brown. We went from my house, down the Madison 5k course and then some on Rt. 41 before retracing our steps back.  Felt a little sluggish even though we were taking it easy....resting up for Mt. Washington and trying to avoid any further issues before the hill on Saturday...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 18 (Wednesday)

June 18 (Wednesday) - 11.1 miles w/ Downtown Darin Brown. We did the shortened Madison Half Marathon course and went pretty easy, although with 1600 feet of elevation gain, even easy is not that easy.  From my house, up E.Madison to Pound Rd.  Up Pound and across Modock Hill all the way through to Rockhouse Mountain Rd.  Then across Rockhouse Mountain Rd. and down and out into Eaton. Then we ran up Glines Hill Rd (mini-Mt. Washington) and down to Mooney Hill Rd. and back down to E.Madison again.  Google has it at an astounding 2155 ft of elevation gain... My Garmin was much more conservative at I'll go with the lower of the two for now until I get Kevin and his new fancy watch he's constantly talking about, to give me an accurate reading....  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June 17 (Tuesday)

Week 2 of the Whitaker Woods Summer Series put on by the White Mountain Milers.  It was an all star field assembled for week 2.  Tim Livingston was back in action after missing last week due to the awards banquet.  The Browns were all there, as well as a flock of Kennett H.S. distance runners.  Tristan Williams was back after coming in 2nd in the US National Championship 50 Mile Trail race in NY a couple weeks ago.  And Zach was back.  It was panning out to be a quick one, despite the heat.  I warmed up w/ Frank Holmes a couple miles and then did another mile on my own with strides and some running around to loosen up before toeing the line.  The race went out steady but not overwhelmingly fast.  Zach went right to the lead and Tim, Tristan, and I sat close behind.   By about a quarter in, I rolled up along Zach but about a step behind.  We slowly picked up the pace and rolled through the mile in 5:24 with about a 2 second lead on Tim and Tristan.  Just after the mile, I rolled up ahead and found myself in the lead across the field, heading back into the woods.  Zach apparently had a 'late' night and was feeling it.  As I hit the hill, I looked back and saw Zach had been caught by Tim.  I blasted the hill as best I could but was really feeling the heat.  I was able to pull away just a little bit but Tim was pretty close behind through 2 miles.  Over the last mile, I was able to open up just a small gap but in the end, came through in a surprising 16:55 (I never looked at my watch until the very end).  Tim was only 11 seconds back in 17:06, which is only 5 seconds off his PR for the course.  I have run slightly faster a couple of times, but any time I can dip under 17, that's good. Kevin still has the record with a 16-mid run a few years back.  I think if I keep chipping away a little bit and feel better, I can trim this down a bit.  We'll see.  It almost seems like the hotter it is outside, the better Tim and I run.  Tristan came through in 17-mid and Zach was 17:50s.  I hope he continues to have late nights throughout the summer...  3 mile cooldown with Zach (we did the course again in just shy of 22 minutes)... 9 miles total.

Monday, June 16, 2014

June 16 (Monday)

June 16 (Monday) - 8 miles (solo) from my house, down 113 and 41.  Kept it relatively flat so I could feel better about myself.  200 feet of gain in the 8 miles means it's basically flat as it can be. Kept the tempo up a bit as I'm just trying to feel fast again.  53:13 with a couple of quick miles in there.  Felt like I was working way too hard.  Still congested and I've developed a cough, but my body feels way better.  I'm not as run down and achey as I was the previous week.  Just a lingering headcold now...I can deal with that.  I think I had a mile or two in there today that was faster than my middle miles of MSD 10k this past weekend.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

June 14 (Saturday)

June 14 (Saturday) - Felt better today than I have in 3 days.  It's been rough and I just came off of basically no real running this week.  Headed down to MSD 10k reluctantly, but I figured since this is basically my favorite race and I registered, I should at least go do it. I'm not hurt, but just wiped from being sick.  Ended up having my worst race of the year so far and probably my worst 10k in a very long time if not ever.  But I wasn't really expecting anything different based on how my week went.  I wasn't hacking too bad during the race, but my body was just very tired and run down.  I did a 4 mile w/ up + 10k race (5th OA - 34:06) and just shy of 4 miles of a cooldown with Eric Couture.  Will work on a race report (reluctantly) later this week.  14 miles on the day.

Friday, June 13, 2014

June 13 (Friday)

June 13 (Friday) - Friday the 13th....still really sick.  Didn't get out at all.  Barely was able to work again today and had some meetings cancelled because I just couldn't focus on anything.  Really struggled the past couple days and nights with a pretty bad cold. I haven't been this sick in quite a while.  Not going to be pretty tomorrow for MSD.  Another day off.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

June 12 (Thursday)

June 12 (Thursday) - Very sick.  Was barely able to work let alone run. Had a really rough night with headaches, congestion, fever, and the chills.  Day off.  Not looking good for the weekend...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June 11 (Wednesday)

June 11 (Wednesday) - Sick as a dog. I got really sick after Whitaker last night. I may have gotten something earlier as I felt off during the trail run on Tuesday night (even though we were running slow).  I managed to get out late in the day with Darin and Alex Brown for an easy 4 miles from Darin's house, down to the trails and back.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June 10 (Tuesday)

June 10 (Tuesday) - Whitaker Woods week #1. It was a light showing as the Kennett H.S. awards night was happening at the same time.  Lots of the usual faces were not in attendance.  3 mile w/ up + 5k race + 5k cooldown.  9 miles total.   I ran w/ Zach Switaj and we just talked the whole time.  Ran very slow and just finished together.  No sense killing ourselves.  Good thing Zach didn't want to hammer, as my legs were trashed.  Zach ran a 4:11 mile this spring so he's fit!

Monday, June 9, 2014

June 9 (Monday)

June 9 (Monday) - 3 miles.  Almost bagged it.  My quads were trashed from running DOWN Ascutney at sub 6 pace (like an idiot) the day before.  I knew I'd pay for it.  I could barely walk.  Not good.  I shuffled down to Burke Field here in Madison and ran 2+ miles barefoot on the grass around the baseball field and then headed back.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

June 8 (Sunday)

June 8 (Sunday) - Ascutney Mtn. Race.  5th OA.  31:26.   3 mile w/up + 3.7 mile race (all uphill) + 1 + mile (out and back) to the summit tower + 3.7 miles down afterwards (and a little bit back to the car).  12 total.  I'll do a race write up for this one this week.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

June 7 (Saturday)

June 7 (Saturday) - out and back 8 miles with Kevin Tilton on Chocorua Lake Rd (dirt).  57:43.  Beautiful day out.  We ran out to the Liberty / Brook Trailhead and then back.  Rare morning run for me....

Friday, June 6, 2014

June 6 (Friday)

June 6 (Friday) - 3 miles late in the day after work on the trails behind my house...lucky I even got this one in... that's all I got.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

June 5 (Thursday)

June 5 (Thursday) - 11 miles on the snowmobile trails from Lead Mine / Black Bear junction.  Wandered out to Ossipee Lake Rd. and then up Shawtown and then up to Trout Pond and Mary's mountain.  Found a trail up Mary's Mountain that I hadn't seen before.  Went up over the top, dropped back down and just looped around.  Got back to the car and added on a couple tenths to man up and drop an 11 spot.  The trails are getting very overgrown and it's turning into tick-city...not sure how much longer I can go in there up high...down lower near the airstrip it's still ok...

Looking over at the southern end of the Ossipees

Looking towards Maine

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June 4 (Wednesday)

June 4 (Wednesday) - 10 miles easy up and back on E. Madison Rd. with Dr. Darin Brown PHD.  Went to the end, hooked a right onto 153 and ran to the Freedom town line and then back.  No frills, no spills, not even close to an Eric Couture 10 spot, but 10 nonetheless ;)...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June 3 (Tuesday)

June 3 (Tuesday) - Chocorua run-up with Ryan Welts.  Met Ryan at Hammond Tr. trailhead.  We spotted his car and then we drove over to the Carter Ledge Tr. trailhead in Albany and headed up and did Carter Ledge Trail up to Middle Sister Trail and did the Three Sisters across to Chocorua.  Then down the Liberty Trail to the Hammond Trail and out. I forgot how nice that Hammond Trail is (I had only done it once).  10 miles exactly.

Yeah, it doesn't suck running up here after work...

Heading over the sisters...

Ryan making his way up...

From the summit looking back over the sisters and towards 'The Hill'...

From the top of Chocorua looking down at Chocorua Lake


Ryan at the Liberty Cabin...

Monday, June 2, 2014

June 2 (Monday)

June 2 (Monday) - Rest day.  Took Tabby for a stroll after working late trying to finish a project for work.  Good time to rest up the legs after yesterdays 3.5 hour run.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June 1 (Sunday)

June 1 (Sunday) - 18.3 miles from Zealand with Sam Wood, Isaac Fithian, Al Bernier, and Tucker.  Headed up Zealand Tr. to the Zealand Falls Hut (up and back to/from the hut).  Then down Ethan Pond Trail and across to Ethan Pond and the Shelter (new trail section for me).  Then up and across the Willey Range Trail as we bagged Mt. Willey, Mt. Field, and Mt. Tom.  Then we headed across the A-Z Trail (also a new section for me) back to the Zealand junction and then back out.  3:27 total running time.  Great day to be out running.  Saw a little snow still lingering on the trail on the Willey Range. 3576 total elevation gain according to my Garmin...seemed like more than that...

Zealand Falls

Ethan Pond Trail

Isaac, Al B., and Sam with Tucker at Ethan Pond

Rt. 302 from Willey

Snow between Willey and Field

Tucker on the A-Z trail...