Melissa is following a training plan to a tee. Her plan called for a 50k run(31.1 miles) on Saturday October 17. I was pretty bummed out because up until two days before, I had a commitment and would not be able to run with her. She's been a great friend to me, someone who listens to me and offers sound advice, and whom I can confide in. She is great to run with too! Things changed as my schedule opened up, and I was able to run. So we started to plan out the logistics and route. Originally we were going to run along the Boston Marathon course in Newton, hit a few trails along the Charles, and log miles until we reached the 50k mark. We decided to take to the trails, after all Ghost Train is a trail race! We stayed local and planned on running The Western Greenway which is in Waltham and Belmont. We chatted about logistics a bit more and agreed to meet at Rock meadow(one trailhead parking lot), and drive to The Paine Estate(trailhead parking lot) 5 miles down the road. We would use both cars as aid stations, which had ample supplies of cold water, watermelon, Swedish Fish, steamed potatoes, saltines, and TAILWIND!
I set my alarm for 4:20. This would give me more than enough time to shower, stretch, eat and drink coffee, and use the bathroom twenty times. For the longest, 4:20 meant wake and bake, get coffee and go to the gym, work, or just to start the day. It kind of makes me chuckle still that I used to start my day like that almost daily. It is 5:25, so I drive a mile to meet Melissa at Rock Meadow. We arrived at the same time and started this days journey off by admiring the full moon and taking a bunch of crappy cell phone pics.
As we were about to leave my car, I noticed what appeared to be a Great Dane running down the road. It was not a Great Dane, it was a deer, then two more right behind it. They ran off in to the meadow.
As we got about halfway back to The Paine Estate, we noticed three more deers, or maybe the same ones. I was unable to tag them the first time around, I will have to work on my speed. I want to say that we reached the Paine Estate and started heading back and guess who we saw again? Our friends the deers that were now confirmed stalking us.
|Shrine at METFERN Cemetery.|
|Thanks again for moving this out of my way.|
MELISSA IS READY FOR HER FIRST 50 MILER, and I feel stronger and more confident about Javelina Jundred!
|After 31.1 miles, don´t we look fresh!|