Monday, May 12, 2014

Weekend at Acadia

A great weekend of camping with several of my Trail Monster Running teammates. Very fun time filled with hilarity. It was nearly perfect...except for the weather. We woke up to a light rain on Saturday morning, which soon turned into a downpour. It made it memorable though.

Ryan, John and I planned on a 20+ mile run that went up the North Trail of Cadillac Mountain. Once above treeline, the colder temps along with a horizontal rain that pelted us like a gang of boys with BB guns forced our hands and we decided to head back down on an improvised route.

We were glad we did. The trees provided protection from the wind and though we were soaking wet, we were relatively warm and comfortable. Jokes ensued while we tackled the Witch Hole loop, followed by heading over to Aunt Betty Pond and around Eagle Lake... and a little over 20 miles later we were done. Very fun time.

Ran 20.4 miles @ 9:59/mile pace. 
Single track and carriage roads. 
Extremely hilly. 
Lower to mid-50s, overcast, moderate rain. 
Saucony Peregrine 3, shorts, long sleeved shirt, short sleeved shirt, cap, gloves (shed 1/3 of the way through). 

By Sunday morning, the weather had pulled a Cinderella. After packing up camp under a bright, warm sun, a few of us headed over to Eagle Lake while the others opted to run up Cadillac.

I ran with Shauna at first, but felt really creaky the first few miles. I told her to go ahead and shortly thereafter I stopped for a bio break. After that, my legs began to loosen up and by the end of the loop I felt great. Last mile clocked in at around 6:50. Nice cap to a great weekend.

An "Awwww" moment on Sunday morning with Jim and Shauna's labs.

Ran 5.8 miles @ 8:28/mile pace. 
Carriage roads. 
Upper 60s, sunny. 
Moderately hilly. 
Saucony Peregrine 3, shorts, short sleeved shirt. 

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