We're wearing orange cuz we're running the orange loop.
Well, actually it was the last day of muzzle loader season, and we didn't want to get shot..
After the dog run yesterday, I just wasn't in the mood to drive over to Laurel Highlands. I decided to join Nick and Rob for a run on the orange loop at Mohican.
Mark, a several time Mo finisher (I think he said 7!) and Luc, a new trail runner joined us.
We started down the "new way" which is starting on the Mountain Bike Trail, to the right side of the river. Mark, who's run Mohican before, commented that he liked the new route too. This "new part" of the orange loop has as much, if not more climb and descent. All on very nice runnable single track!
Mark, Rob, and Luc pulled away as I stopped to put my gloves on again for the 8th time after the water stop at Hickory Ridge. I think I'm going to get those mitten clips so I can just take my gloves off and let them hang!
Nick was having a rough go of it, as he mentions on his blog. After reading Nick's blog, I had a much tamer run than he did! Nick and I figured out that if he headed downhill on a jeep trail, it probably would dump him at the start of the Hemlock Gorge Trail..which it did. This is good to know, for the future, in case someone wants a shorter run.
My run? Went fine. My leg started to bother me about mile 5. After Nick left, I concentrated on running harder on it, if that makes sense-instead of trying to favor it. Or maybe the Advil kicked it, because it didn't really bother me the rest of the run.
I replenished water at Campground A and drank most of a can of energy drink that I had stashed there...and kind of caught a bit of a buzz off it as I started down the trail by the river! Too funny. That wore off soon. I saw no sign of the bull Mastiffs and only encountered a few hikers back to the Covered Bridge.
Back at the CB, I was thinking of stopping. No good reason, just felt done. Then I realized if I did that, Bob would yell at me. And since Bob reads my blog, I decided I better get my hiney back on the trail.
I downed a can of cold Chicken Noodle soup, ate the rest of the S&V Pringles from last week's run, and found two dry shirts and dry hat to change into. This ten minutes at the car really chilled me, but I let "relentess forward motion" draw me away from the vehicle, and down to the mountain bike trail again. But this time, I started on the "red loop" section of the mountain bike trail. I wasn't into running; I was grembling to myself about being cold, my hands were cold, blah blah blah...yet I continued walking up the hill. I do complain, alot! To myself, in my head. I told myself I could just go two miles, and then go back to the car. So I continued up.
Eventually I stopped listening to the complainer inside of me just continued on!
Near the spot where you cross the road to the Bridle Staging Area, I noticed the mountain bike trail and hopped over on it. I followed it over to the trailhead, then wandered back over and picked up the Mohican 100 trail course. So I cut probably a mile off the run ( so 19.5 miles for those of you counting) , but it was kind of fun to see where the mountain bike trail went.
I got a big sub at the gas station(they have the best subs!) right on the outskirts of Loudonville, and after eating it on the drive home have been pleasantly sleepy! Of course, once home, I got to take my three dogs out for a hike, so that was a good stretch of the legs. (Yes, the dogs were loose, on their 40 acre property, being supervised!)
Tomorrow will be some errand running, and a nice session at the gym with some stair climbing and stretching!