First, the real news. A huge congratulations to my good friend Sue Johnston who has just set the new speed record on the John Muir Trail in California.
She finished last night at midnight and her total time from Whitney Portal to Happy Isles (219 miles) was 3 days, 20 hours (92:00). This breaks the previous record set by Kevin Sawchuck which was 93:05. Outstanding achievement for sure! (Thanks to Al for the above stats)
I got to know Sue before before she moved from Vermont to California. We did a number of hikes and trail runs together, and became good friends in the process. Not only is she an outstanding athlete, but a great person to boot. She's a lot of fun to be around and I simply can't say enough great things about her. She is definitely a big source of inspiration for my own running and I'm really, really happy for her.
Okay, now my run, which pales in comparison. I just went a little over four and a half miles today on the trails at Twin Brooks. I joined James, Ian, Blaine, his wife Erin, Shauna, Fran, and two other folks who I had just met and unfortunately I forgot their names. Good crowd. Felt a bit run down, as I have been the past couple of weeks. However, looking at my pace afterwards, we were going pretty fast for this terrain.
After the run, our friend Chuck (aka, TC Hazzard, who also was my pacer in the Vermont 100), flew in on his Velomobile. Really nifty bike, and very practical as well. He has lot's of great info on his website that explains why, if you care to check it out.
Ran 4.6 miles @ 8:08/mile pace
AHR/MHR - 154/166
Mid 70s, sunny.