|The Sycamore Log Cabin Church where Jami and I were married|
I woke up at 5:30 am with a heavy fog hiding the sun that was trying to break through and light up the morning. I was thankful for the fog, because it kept things cooler. It was 70 degrees outside so I read a few Bible verses, and said my prayers, loaded up on water, and drove over to the Church.
|A look at the fog blocking the sun from the scenic overlook.|
I sure felt strong running along the creek on the trail, but then it turned west and went almost straight up a steep hill. When you run trails around Branson they are seldom flat. The hills are steep and this one was no exception. I decided to walk up and save my legs. Now, when I say walk, I don't mean some slow strolling pace. I was power walking up that hill and huffing the whole time. Sometimes, on really steep hills when you are overweight, fast walking is just a quick as jogging and it takes allot less energy.
I made it up that hill and kept going at a steady pace as this trail is a steady uphill from the creek to the scenic overlook on Hwy. 76. I reached the top in 28 min. I had run this trail last year starting at the top in 55 min, but I was thinner then. I was happy with the time and thought maybe I could hit 1 hour since I had allot of downhill going back. I was still thinking about running two laps at this point.
Going down the trail I made good time and then I hit the switch backs that go up and down and started feeling a bit tired. I hit the start of the final mini-loop, which had a very steep hill and walked up it. After I got to the top of it I stated picking up my pace on the down hill hoping I could break the 1 hour limit. Somewhere on that back loop, which is the easy part of the trail, I started fading. It was a gently rolling trail but I was getting tired and slowing down.
I finally started the final steep downhill part and reached the bottom in just over 1 hour. I considered just doing the mini three mile loop again, but after remembering the long steep uphill that awaited me, I decided to just jog back to the Church. While it took 10 min to get to the trail from the church, it took 15 to get back to the church.
I rested and stretched a bit, then drove down to the creek and took a dip in the clear cold water. That was sure refreshing. I was tired but the good news is.... I wasn't dead like I have been after the last few weekend runs, and this was the most trail miles I have included in any my runs so far. Seriously, a trail mile in Branson is just harder than a road mile.
My left knee is hurting some and I'm resting it but my goal is to do 2 laps on that course next week. I may start up at the scenic overlook this time though. My weight has dropped some but I don't think I will notice it until I get under 200. Now I am down to about 12 weeks to train and completing a 8.5 mile run with 6 trail miles in it is a far cry from running a 50k race on some steep hills in October.
Until next time take care and thanks for reading.