A runner’s domestique
Our marathon training plan called for a 20 mile run today. I am obviously not ready to embark on such an adventure yet, but I could help Pam with it by riding with her as she ran, providing light and handing off water bottles, gel shots and support!
We hit the Willard Trail about 5:20 this morning while the trail was still pitch black. I rode in the front to cast a little light on the trail and break the spider webs that had materialized overnight.
We had the trail pretty much to ourselves until we reached Willard. Actually, we did share it with two women we’ve seen out there one other time who are obviously training for long runs as well. We keep seeing their water bottle drops along the way. We met them this morning in the pitch black dark.
About the time we hit Willard, we started seeing quite a few people and by the time we finished, it was downright busy out there! At Cotner’s corner, I parked my bike and locked it to a pole to join Pam for a while.
The paved trail ends at Cotner’s Corner. Beyond that, it’s crushed limestone and can get pretty soft at times. Horses are allowed on it out there, and they keep it pretty chewed up. It’s hard to run out there without getting a lot of gravel in your shoes! Luckily, there is a nice rock bench right before the pavement begins on the way back so you can stop to empty your shoes!
As we passed through Willard the second time, I thought Pam was still running pretty strong and had this run well in hand. We decided I would park the bike again at the 17 mile mark and finish the run with her.
I pedaled ahead of her to get enough time to lock my bike up and change shoes before she caught up. I locked my bike at the self-storage place along the trail and rejoined her just as she arrived. Unfortunately, she started having some stomach distress about that time, and really struggled to finish.
In all, I ended up running between 6 & 7 miles at marathon pace and didn’t fill any ill effects, so I felt pretty good about my efforts.
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