Nine men posted, nine men ran, and nine men conquered the trail run once again. Despite its best efforts, the nine of us were cat quick and agile and attacked the run on a beautiful Sunday morning.
Trail run, Northbank trail to Belle Isle, outside track at Belle Isle, Buttermilk back to nickel bridge and back to the parking lot.
Johnsonville has been a regular on the trail runs and by most accounts is considered an expert in this area. He has run numerous 50k trail runs, is a veteran on the northbank, buttermilk, and Pocohontas trails and generally does more trail running than any of the other F3’ers. So how is it that despite all this experience he continues to flirt with disaster seemingly every week. He has burned 3 of his 9 lives in the past month on the trails.
About a month and a half ago, he became dehydrated on the second loop of the trail. YHC knew something was wrong when I was consistently ahead of him on the second loop. On that trip we had to call for rescue. Two weeks ago on our inaugural trip to Pocohntas, he had two issues. First, he had some stomach issues after trying some “Goo” after the first loop. After battling past that, he started to hallucinate because of lack of food. Luckily one of us had food to tide him over. Since he now has water and food on his list of things to take care of on the run list, he tackled both with ease today. Today’s escapade was a fight with an obstacle on the trail. He tripped over a metal rod just off the trail today and went down hard. Fortunately, no damage was done. Jville may need a companion runner until and during the BRR.
Toga and Conspiracy had committments post run so for the most part were through runners (Toga did catch with us just past Belle Isle). As usual, Saab cleared all the cobwebs away and made sure that he got a few extra miles in by doubling back every mile or so. Wilson was fighting last nights merlot this morning, but despite the slight hangover put in a good run. BT came out for his inaugural trail run and made it through with relative ease. Great job BT. Chum is a machine on the trails. He seems to have an automatic pace set that he runs each and every mile on the trail. No matter the terrain, hills, or miles under his belt, his pace is consistent. Lug Nut keeps pounding out the trail miles as well. He has made a ton of progress on the trails the past few months.