But I digress. Bottom line is that I haven't had any drive to write new weekly updates. But I'll give it a shot this week since I'm on vacation and heading up to New Hampshire for a few days - my favorite place! I signed up for the "Beast of the East" Kismet Cliff Run at the end of September. It's a half marathon and climbs up over North Moat Mountain. I'm not sure how much of it I'll actually be running but I've wanted to try this race for a few years so I'm excited. I've been trying to get in some elevation where I can and this week should provide some opportunities.
Monday - North Conway, NH - 9 milesWe camped for a few days at the Saco River Campground right in the heart of commerce in North Conway. Once we decided on this place I knew I'd have to get over to the trails in the hills behind Route 16. I'd seen enough Strava maps to have a general idea and a little web searching provided me with a map and route to the Quarry that I've heard so much about. I was out of the tent by 6 AM and after less than a mile on empty roads I reached the trail network. This place did not disappoint, lots of meandering single and double track, some with serious elevation attached. I checked out the remnants at the quarry before following the powerlines for a while. I had hoped to make it to the top of Middle Mountain but the trails were farther away then I thought. I settled for some climbing on the Cardiac Hill trail before making my way back to the campsite.
Tuesday - Carroll, NH - 8.8 milesI wanted to drag the girls up Mt Eisenhower but the temperature and winds forecast a 20 degree wind chill and we weren't equipped for that. Instead I picked Mt Hale which I figured would provide more shelter. It certainly did but the climbing wore Ezri out. Nevertheless when we reached the top Amanda suggested that we continue on to Zealand Falls Hut and make a loop out of it. Ezri was game and we made the slow journey to the hut. It was downhill but with plenty of rocks, mud and water hazards. After that the trail back to the parking lot was thankfully very flat and easy. I had to run the last mile to pick up the car at the Hale parking lot but it was downhill dirt road and I enjoyed opening up on it. This was Ezri's 2nd 4000 footer and the 5th for Amanda.
Wednesday - 0 milesOur last day in New Hampshire and I should have gone back to the trails and attempted Middle Mountain. But I chumped out. My alarm went off at 5:30 AM and I rolled over and went back to bed. I'm a lame-ass.
Thursday - Carolina, RI - 7.5 milesBack in Rhode Island. This was a fun run exploring the trails off of Route 112 and how they connect to the Carolina Preserve. Once over in the Preserve I tried to hit up the hills as best I could before heading back to the car. A hot one out there.
Friday - Charlestown, RI - 6 milesIn an effort to punish myself and feast on more elevation, I ran the roads behind my house. It was hot and gross at noon and I went up and down the small but relentless hills until I had enough.
Saturday - 0 miles
Sunday - Exeter, RI - 14 milesWith a month to go it may be too late to really get in shape for the Beast but I figured I'd better at least get in some longer trail runs to give myself a chance. I woke up early to get over to Arcadia figuring it has enough hills to give me both distance and elevation. Starting at that big middle parking lot I went over to Breakheart Pond and did the Breakheart trail which led to Ben Utter trail. At the end of that I ran the big bitch of a hill up to Escoheag Rd. Then I backtracked and took dirt roads back to the car. A good run with 1000' of elevation (which knowing my watch means it was probably closer to 1500') and I wasn't completed wiped at the end which I take to be a good sign.
Weekly Mileage: 45.3 miles
Year to Date: 744.4 miles
As always, it's a good week when I'm in New Hampshire. According to ol' spacewatch I hit about 5000' of elevation for the week but I'm sure it was actually much higher than that. I probably won't get that high again before the race but I'd like to hit a few thousand feet for the next couple weeks to help my legs out. It's tough here in RI unless I seek out specific spots so we'll see.