Saturday, February 13, 2010
Recovery from the Brazil 135 Mile Ultra has been amazing, in part due to a steady plan that is slowly adding mileage back into training. I only ran 12 miles the first week after BR135, and 27 miles last week. This week will see an increase to about 40 miles, which puts me in the right place to kick it up a notch to prepare for the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run on March 27.
In a few weeks I will run the Caumsett Park 50k for the 5th consecutive year. It is the USAT&F 50K National Championship race, and lots of elite runners and friends will be in attendance (see "Race Preview : Caumsett Park 50k" posted Wednesday, February 27, 2008 for more info on the race, course, etc.).
This Monday we put together what looks to be an amazing group training run on the 160-year-old Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The OCA Trail was New York City's major source of clean drinking water for many years (it was built between 1839 and 1842 and was used, along with later water tunnels, until 1959), and follows the path of the original Croton Aqueduct where it traveled through the Bronx and Manhattan. The trail reflects the changes that the aqueduct has gone through since it was first built - some sections are packed-dirt paths running through forest, while others are asphalt and concrete streets and sidewalks. The aqueduct reaches from the Croton Dam and reservoir in Westchester County all the way to 42nd Street in Manhattan, a distance of 41 miles. About 15 miles of the aqueduct lie within New York City, and about 5 miles are inside New York City parks. A few of the folks in our regular weekend running group initially concocted the scheme to run the entire 41 miles of the OCA Trail from the Croton Dam to New York City. I figured that I would create a Facebook event page for it and invite some others, having no idea what type of response it would get. Simply amazing - we had a ton of interest, and the group could be anywhere from 6/7 to 15 or so. Anyone is welcome to join (we are starting at 7:30 AM at the Croton-Harmon Train Station). If you are interested, let me know.
We got quite a bit of snow on Wednesday (the girls and even Mom and Dad had snow days). Eric, David, Wayne and I spent some time on the OCA Trail today to check out the condition of the trail. It is actually not too bad, and looks as if it will provide for a fantastic run on Monday. A few pictures from today are below.