Recall, last year Mark and I ran the 25k of the inaugural Cloudsplitter along the Pine Mountain Trail in KY and VA. So, this year, I'm running a 100k in Oct...yes, that's 62 miles. So this will be my farthest run undertaken to date. I found out that a few other locals (well, local being relative...Dayton and Columbus) are going to run this as well. One of the ladies wanted to do a training run along the trail, so we set out. In addition, we picked up a few others, that weren't running the race, but wanted to experience the trails.
To give you an idea of the Cloudplitter 100k elevation:
you start out with a hike up a rocky/rutty road...not running but hiking. We ended up in the fog. Finally, we broke out to views of this:
Got lost a few times near Gold Fish Pond, but finally figured out how to use a gps unit we had with our course on it. Meanwhile we found an old cemetery:
Finally, it was up some more to the ridgeline:
In my recon of the trail, I found that there were limited water sources, the one being Goldfish pond, the other Jenny Falls. That was a hike back up, but much worth the cold water and rest.
Finally, a short climb to the fire tower for some great views:
Then it was time to turn around and head back the way we came...down. The quads are feeling that today.
All and all a good weekend. My new UD HardRock pack worked like a charm and had plenty of room for food and even extra water I decided to bring back from the falls in the filter pack. The Tailwind worked like a charm, preventing me from bonking and allowing me to eat as i felt like it, not having to force myself. That's been a problem in some of my other longer races. I'm excited about the 100k.