...that's the number of miles I covered in yesterday's Neusoik trail run. We were up at 5am and arrived at the Pine Cliffs Recreation Area on the Neuse river by 6:30am. Michael and I have been training by doing long runs once a week for the last month, but I hadn't gotten over 13 miles yet... luckily though we had covered all sections of the trail, so I knew my way around. I had resolved to run the first half and then briskly walk the second to try to finish it under the 6-hour time limit.
I've often mentioned the trail in this blog - as a source of inspiration for paintings and as the site of plein air sessions. But we also run sections of it several times a week.
The morning was cold (36 degrees) and the trail was wet... but the sky was clear and when the sun came up we set off. I pretty much stuck to my plan and finished in 5 1/2 hours. Michael ran the whole thing and finished just under 3 1/2 hours!
Here's a link to the "Map My Run" program from my phone which shows the route/time I took, in case you're curious.
Today we are barely moving - sort of like these folks from the day after the marathon...
This was the dawn on the Neuse River that morning: