Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Day At Kennesaw Mountain

I would have preferred to do this training run at a 50K event, but since my weekends are during the week this month, I had to do this 30 mile training run by myself. I packed my car with cold drinks and snacks and drove up to Kennesaw Mountain yesterday for a long training run. My plan was to run 30 miles or 8 hours whichever came first. I parked at the Visitor's Center and got started around 8:30 AM. It was going to be a hot one with temperatures peaking in the mid 90's but the dew point was in the 60s. So it was humid, but not as bad as it has been this summer. The plan was to run outbound for an hour and then run back to my car/aid station to restock and use the Visitor Center restroom.

On my return on the first out-and-back, I saw a high school cross-country team out for a six mile trail run. They were zipping by me, but about two miles from the Visitor Center I caught up with a kid who had obviously gone out too fast. I power-walked past him on an uphill and didn't see him again. Didn't see him again until about a quarter mile from the Visitor Center. I could see and hear his teammates at the end of their run. About this time I heard footsteps behind me. I could also hear cheering for Brandon. I looked over my shoulder, and there was the kid I had passed. Did I maintain my pace and let him pass me for his cheering teammates? Heck no! I picked up my pace and maintained about a 10 yard lead.

An hour or so later in my run I got to thinking maybe I should have let him pass me. Then an hour or so after that I came to my senses. If Brandon doesn't want to be beat by a 51 year old lady he needs to do more training.

Even though it got hot (like it will at the Javelina Jundred), I was able to maintain a pretty good pace, finishing the 30 miles in 7:37. I did get one blister on the ball of my right foot. I really need to solve this blister problem. My next long long run is in two weeks, but this time it'll be at the FATS 50k in South Carolina so I'll have some company.

7 comments:

Beth said...

Joja, you have me cracking up today.
Yes, it's true, "if Brandon doesn't want to be beat by a 51 year old lady he needs to do more training"

You got that right!!!

Andrew Opala said...

you are a bast*rd for not letting that kid pass ... Good job, let me join the club!

Jess said...

Amazing job on your 30 miler!

GeorgiaSnail said...

A 50k at KM with so pick ups mixed in! rock on!!!! Have fun at FATS!

RunningLaur said...

Sounds like a great training run! And maybe Brandon will do a few extra sprints in his next work out :)

SteveQ said...

You're starting to take this running thing kinda seriously! Have a costume picked out for javelina yet?

chris mcpeake said...

great job on the 30