The second MMT Training Run of the year was this past weekend, running south from Camp Roosevelt thru Gap Creek and north up to Woodstock Tower. I have been having some IT band pain in my left knee for the past two weeks, a result of running too fast (if that’s possible) at Holiday Lake. I had hoped it would be well enough to run all 25 miles of the training run, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case and instead I dropped at mile 16. I like to think that my decision to drop was one based off of sound reasoning for my health rather than the fact that there was beer at the mile 16 aide station. I’ll let you be the judge on that one.
The run itself, when not in pain, was pleasant. I ran with Phil Rosenstein and got to hear stories and strategies from Badwater and his recent trans-American run. Shortly after leaving the first aide station at mile 8 my IT band pain came back and I was having a hard time lifting my left foot over/around the jagged MMT rocks (see below). I knew that backtracking to the aide station would be useless since they would have moved on to aide station #2 by that time (gotta love roaming aide stations), so I just kept moving forward and eventually made it to the next spot to drop, mile 16.
Most of the day’s fun was had after I stopped running and got to hang with Tom Corris and the rest of the drinkers… err… aide station volunteers. Tom found a deer hoof and it was immediately put to good use.
And then of course the fun continued once we made it back to the finish line. Rick Kerby one-upped Tom’s deer hoof and found a mounted toilet seat in the woods. Clearly it needed to be brought back to the parking lot social gathering.
All in all, another good day with the VHTRC crew. Sad that I didn’t get to run the whole thing, but I went to physical therapy today and my therapist thinks my IT band will be good to go in no time. Until then I’ll just try to enjoy my forced downtime.