I've definitely been feeling better of late as the effects of the out-of-nowhere brachial plexus neuropathy continues receding and the body does its repair work. My muscle strength is slowly returning (such that it was) and my endurance is showing signs of revival.
The best runs of the last few weeks definitely were a pair of runs done in the Big Ivy area of Western North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest. There is a Forest Service road, located about four miles from my father-in-law's place (Pop-pop's Farm), that climbs from the valley bottom up through a dense forest to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The road is the perfect grade...steep enough to guarantee a very solid workout, but very runnable. The two times I set foot on the road, I felt the best I've felt since late June.
Of the two runs there, the best was an early morning 12-mile jaunt with Rick M., who calls Asheville home. It was great meeting Rick and spending a few hours together, telling stories, getting to know one-another and enjoying the shaded uphill climb we shared. All told we were out for just under 2 hours, ran 12.32 miles and climbed 2,280 feet by my watch. Many thanks, Rick, for coming out!
|Just inside the national forest boundary. Let the uphill running begin!|
|Every farm needs a swing.|
|The view from the front porch toward the Big Ivy area where Rick and I ran. Note the rainbow.|
|Even Cisco was digging North Carolina|
|Maya and Cisco ride again!|
|The Beers of Colorado barrel.|
On another note, I sent in my formal notice to the Bear 100 folks that I was to be a DNS this year. Fortunately, they have a pretty generous refund policy - all but $25 to be returned, according to the Web site. I hope to have that race on my calendar again next year.
In the meantime, I am really feeling the need to get something on the calendar...something to motivate me to get out there on a MUCH more consistent basis. Time to start looking at the options...
Thanks for reading.