Sunday, March 11, 2012
Two Down & ??? To Go (Post Oak Challenge Summary)
(The only real problem was that the poor road took out the radiator of my car - - but that is a different story.)
After a very short jaunt on the road, we turned off onto some beautiful trails. What started off in a rough pack, soon strung out into more of a single file as we wove (or is it weaved?) through sticks & stones, twigs, branches, roots & rocks. We soon were out into the open country.
More roots, rocks & branches
After a while, we were back out in the open making our way "over the river & through the woods"; only thing is that Grandmother's house was no where to be seen. Hopefully the Big Bad Wolf is on vacation.
Eventually we began our way up to Homes Peak - the highest point in Osage County.
After pounding my quads on the downhill being sure not to run too fast & plant my face into the ground, we came out again on level ground.
After a battle up the "Hilll From Hell", we headed back down again to head around the pond in front of the lodge, to the turn-around & then go do it all again.
The start of the marathon was like deja vu from yesterday but a bit more wind & a bit cooler in the morning. Still, perfect for running.
We were off onto the trails soon enough & my memories of yesterday were a benefit to know what to expect & how to pace myself.
After a repeat of yesterdays trails & yesterdays quad pounding hills, we came out near the entrance to Post Oak Lodge. Coming out, we were met with the same GREAT aid station volunteers from earlier but this time were fixing breakfast burritos & pancakes.
YUM! This time, I did partake & they were great.
From here, it was a short mile & a half out & back on the road & then back on trails (hence the term "TROAD")
After this, we turned around only to repeat it (well almost all of it). On the final loop, we stayed on the main drive up to the main lodge (did I mention UP?) Sorry no pics - I was tired by this point & did not pull out the camera.
When it was all said & done, Know No Boundaries once again, broke boundaries. Get with us & we can work with you on achieving the same. It was a GREAT two days of trail running on GREAT trails run by two GREAT race directors. Johnny & Darryl did a GREAT job.
(Oh, in case you are wondering, I had my car towed to my mechanic & I need a new radiator! BUMMER! But it was two great days of running with friends.)
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