were you at French creek? i ran there this weekend and rolled my ankle passing a gaggle of mtn bikers who had no idea what to do. They went about 1/2 mile in 1 hour as i saw them again not too long after! I am going back out this sunday to french creek, but still up in the air about the race. I wore Ivy X poison ivy precontact solution and scrubbed with Tecnu and doused my shoes in rubbing alcohol. so far so good
Sorry to hear about the bikers. They can be a real nuisance on the weekends. I usually never see any weekday mornings and rarely make out there on the weekends. They do keep the trails from becoming overgrown in places and rut it out in others. So is everyone doing ok? I made it out to Laurel Highlands last weekend for the 70M relay. I ran the second leg. The trails out there are beautiful. I’m still a little beat up from it but it looks like I have a good shot of making it to the race. Have a great week. I will be at French Creek Tuesday and Thursday next week 5:30 am. If anyone wants to meet there; we’ll check out the section of the white trail they say will be open for the race. The last time I went through it was washed out hard. Still runnable mind you; very technical.
I have never run the DT before and I am signed up to do it this year...I am also a bit new to trail running...
I wanted to know if anyone recomends using hand held water bottles for the DT...I am thinking about getting a couple for the race...the last trail run I did was the wissahickon trail classic a few weeks back. It was hot a humid and I was seriously dehydrated by the end...I am sure that it had an impact on my performance (my wife beat me for the first time ever)
It really depends on how long you will be out there and if you will be running the double. There is a water stop around mile 4 and one again around 7+ and one by the finish for those who will repeat. Last year the weather was dreary. The water stations seemed to be enough. If it is hot out you may appreciate the extra water on the back stretch. If you will run the 30k I would say definitely go for it. They are handy to have. I have a friend who has a running store in Ithaca, NY, he carries the Ultimate line. I like that a lot over Nathan. Link: <a href="http://www.fingerlakesrunningcompany.com/RunningAccessories/BottlesPacks/UltimateDirectionFastDrawPlus.html" target="_blank">http://www.fingerlakesrunningcompany.com/RunningAccessories/BottlesPacks/UltimateDirectionFastDrawPlus.html[/URL" target="_blank">
Good luck, maybe we’ll see you there.
I did the double last year without a hand held and was OK, but like Rob said, it was on the cooler side. This year I plan to bring one along just to be safe. Also, if you like gatorade/sports drink, most of the stops were just plain water so you'll have to bring your own.
Agreement with loopy. Most of the stops are water and I use gaterade, especially in the heat.
Robham, merigayle - I wasn't at French Creek, run the perkiomen trails and will probably do so this weekend. Usually I am out early enough to beat the bikers but last weekend I got out late.
Looking forward to doing one good last trail run before next week!!
merigayle, hope the ankle is good.
Did everyone survive this weekend? I actually did not get out till this morning. My legs are still beat from last weekend. Dang, getting old; I used to recover in 2-3 hours, at least if felt that way. Isolated t-storms for the weekend, it is too early to tell, but what that tells me is hot and humid. Oh well we are all in the same boat. Take it easy and stay healthy.
Hey happy runners.
I was able to check out a couple sections of the double trouble this morning. Here’s what I found. The section of white that was previously closed is still closed. However there is a NEW section of the White trail just 30 feet further from the previous trail. The new trail is a breeze compared to the previous. It is actually runnable since it is a new trail it is not washed out and there are limited exposed rocks. It is still single track and the grade isn’t too bad. Don’t get me wrong 7.5 miles into the race you will not feel like climbing it. I did not find the section of Red trail they were talking about reconstructing. It looks like we will have the section of downhill road again. Maybe I’ll see you there. Hope for a cool day.
Rob - thanks for the update. Wonder if Ron will try to make it more challenging since it looks like we will be using the new trail. He hates to make things easier.
Didn't get a chance to run this past weekend. Son's graduation party was this weekend and I was very busy. Probably for the best, since I am rested for this weekend.
I ran roads this week. Thurs. were are leaving for Atlantic City and I will run the boards on Friday/Sat. I will try not to party too hard and be ready for the race Sunday. I am starting to get excited.
Meri - hope you end up going!! Yes it's the Perkiomen trails.
Since I am away I probably won't post until after the race. Look forward to great event. Doesn't look too hot!!
Don't worry. Ron change the course so you can best bet you'll be running through bogs, jumping over logs, and climbing the steepest part of the hills. Wish I could do this one.
Double Trouble Trail Report:
Things are looking UP! Literally… Up! The first reality check of the race was longer this morning than I thought. That’s ok; adrenalin will take you through it. Watch out near the road, a section within the first 2 miles the trail touches Park Road and sneaks back into an overgrown brier section. So don’t be leading at that point. Let someone else break the way. Oh yeah, before that, it looks like Ron deliberately threw trees and branches across the trail during the last rainstorm. The rest of the trail looks just as gnarly as usual.
If the weather stays clear, it may turn out to be a glorious day!
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