Thought for the day:
Why are the pupils of a cat shaped vertical, a goat's horizontal, and ours circular?
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thought for the day:
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Lakeview CC team pre-race huddle
Tyler Ames and Heath Harris finishing for Lakeview
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I parked at the Happy Days Visitor Center tonight and ran the ledges trail up to the overlook. I stopped for a moment and took this photo as the sun was beginning to set...
I then continued towards the Pine Grove trail and did the 1.5 mile loop before heading over to Kendall Hills. As I was on this loop, "This is the End" by the Doors started playing on my iPod and the combination of it getting dark outside and the psychedelic rhythms of Jim Morrison got me pumped up and moving faster. I think this song might cause me to have scary hallucinations though if I listen to it on a 70+ mile run.
On my way back to Happy Days I enjoyed some fast-paced techno music and it kept me in the groove. I was pretty happy with how I felt tonight since this was my 3rd day in a row of running following my 50K run on Sept. 13th. Tonight I finished up with a total of 7 miles.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
We began our run at the Valley Picnic Area parking lot next to Riverview Rd. and headed west along the Plateau Trail towards Chestnut Pond. This trail starts off going uphill for a good 1/2 mile or so and then levels out and winds back and forth. It is nicely maintained and wide enough most of the way for two runners to run side by side. There are also sections where the trees/plants grow tall enough on each side of the trail to make a neat enclosed corridor. This reminded me a lot of the Mosquito Lake and West Branch trails.
With the sun gradually setting faster each night (tonight's sunset was 7:20), we wanted to try and see what the Chestnut Pond looks like while there is still some sunlight, so we kept a decent pace for the first mile and a half. Unfortunately when we reached the pond we noticed that it resembles a swamp more than a pond...
After this we then came across a nice section of trees which lined the trail on each side in a straight line. It reminded me a lot of the Buckeye Trail as you're heading towards the Boston Store with all those tree roots.Soon we reached the Oak Hill trailhead which has a fairly large parking lot and a nice outdoor bathroom like the one at Pine Lane. After Jeff made a pit stop , we continued running south on the Oak Hill Trail, hoping to go the right way to get back to our cars but also trying to get in some mileage as well. Along the way we ran into this guy that was walking his dog and he told us to take the 2nd right (just after the sign directing you to the Hemlock Ravine) to get back to our cars at the Valley Picnic Area. We were both curious where the first trail to our right went though and decided to take it and then backtrack to where we came from. Surprisingly when we reached what is known as "Hemlock Point" on the Oak Hill Trail map we came across a sign that you won't see very often...
We then hopped back onto the Oak Hill trail and had about a mile to go before reaching our cars and finishing our run with a total of 4.5 miles. There are still some sections in this area that I'd like to explore, but I'm sure that I'll be back here again.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Can anyone guess what this is?
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
50K winner Tadd Morris & 25K winner Lloyd Thomas
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Since I will be volunteering at next week's Youngstown Ultra Trail Classic 50K & 25K I planned on running the course today to keep my 4-year streak alive. Here's the short story... My sister Jamie (who ran her first ultra today) and I met up with Bruce McMurray (he's doing YUT-C next week), Dan Kuzma, and his friend Jesse (who also ran his first ultra today). It rained steady for about 5 hours. The trail was completely water covered in many places. Temperatures were in the mid 70's with high humidity. But everyone managed to finish with a time of 7 hours and 52 minutes. It was a tough day of trail running, but a lot of fun!
Me, Jamie, Jesse, and Dan after the run
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
It wasn't long until I met up with Vince, Rob, and Nick. I turned around and went back to the Boston Store with them and then we took this bridal trail that runs alongside the Ohio Turnpike back to Pine Lane. I have to say, that hill next to the Turnpike is brutal. But I pushed myself and ran the entire length of it, along with some other ones. Not all of them by choice... but rather because Vince would pull too far ahead if I slacked off.
When we got back to Pine Lane everyone was done, but I still needed to run back to my car. Since I pushed it for the first half I decided to run the Towpath back to the Boston Store to give myself a total of 8 miles for the day. I was happy to get in this run since I'll be running the entire YUT-C 50K course this Saturday. Unfortunately the weather on Sat. doesn't look as dry as today.
Friday, September 5, 2008
These events that the CVNP puts on are a great thing for the community and a good way to promote the resources that we have here in Northeast Ohio. Click Here for a list of upcoming performances in the concert series.
Monday, September 1, 2008
We've always wanted to jump into the water beneath the upper waterfall during a hot summer day, but just never got around to doing it. Well... today the temptation was just too much for all of us to ignore. Here's an aerial shot of the upper waterfall, along with a video of Slim and I jumping into the water...