Monday, January 01, 2007

A Whole Lot of Running

Uwharrie Mountain Run 20 miler race prep:

I've been on a run focus lately. Its kinda fun, especially since my long runs have been at this really awesome park named Umstead. There are miles and miles of single track trails that I've been running w/ my club, Carolina Godiva. Sometimes on Sat mornings we get about 20-25 runners. Got in 50 miles last week. My long run was 3:10. I'm trying to get ready for the Uwharrie Mountain Run 20 miler in Feb. Here's the course profile:

Then here's a description from the race website:

TRAIL WARNINGS!Running the Uwharrie Trail is a true adventure that requires intense concentration. The national forest terrain is hilly and the trail is treacherous. Fallen leaves conceal rocks, roots, sticks, and holes. Expect to trip and fall at least once during the day. If you turn an ankle, keep moving. Dutchman's Creek flows along part of the trail and runners will enjoy numerous stream crossings, which may mean wet feet if you aren't careful. The creek water is not safe to drink.

The trail is well marked with white blazes painted on trees at frequent intervals. Two blazes indicate an approaching sharp turn. Disregard yellow and red blazes. IF YOU STOP SEEING WHITE BLAZES YOU ARE OFF THE TRAIL. Retrace your steps to the last white blaze then circle around until you find the trail. If you find yourself in a part of the forest posted with hunting signs YOU ARE OFF THE TRAIL. Don’t follow other runners into unblazed territory. Don’t become discouraged if you get lost. Even experienced trail runners occasionally lose their way.

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