My big fat Greek trail run

Happy Monday everyone, sorry for no post this weekend.  It was a toss up between living life and blogging about life, and the living won out.  Sorry, blogging!

The first week of my run-every-day-in-November challenge went great.  I did in fact run every day, capping it all off with a 15-mile trail run on Saturday for a total of 53 miles the first week.  I’m pretty sure this is the most I’ve ever done in a week; I’ve never really been a high-mileage guy.  Even during this last marathon training I think I only got up to the mid-40’s.

The Saturday run was called the Feronia Funrunium, put on by the Trail Dawgs, an ultra group near me.  It was Greek-themed, so some people wore togas and one wore pajamas.  (Greeks wear pajamas, too.)  I did the 24K (about 15 miles) version, which had us running along deer trails in the woods and even through an equestrian park, where we had to run back and forth following clues telling us where the course went next, because the Trail Dawgs claimed the ground was sacred and couldn’t be marked.  It was actually a lot of fun, and taught me that not only are ultra runners a blast to hang out with, they also have a few screws loose.

But there was nothing weird about the lentil soup and bread provided afterward, or with the Dos Equis I celebrated with. (Or was it seis or ocho equis?)  I’ll have to bring a camera on one of these trail runs soon, but just in case you’re interested in pictures of me standing around after the run, here are pictures of me standing around after the run.

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Riveting, I know.

I’m a little sore today, more sore than I’ve been after any other trail runs.  I took it easy for about the first ten miles and went harder on the last five, finishing in about two and a half hours.  This amounts to ten-minute miles, and believe it or not, that felt plenty fast.  It’s just so different from running on roads that the times are pretty much incomparable.

And since trail running is about the only thing in my head these days (well that, the baby, and pirates), I wrote a post for Running Shorts about it.  So head over there to read my thoughts on trail running versus road running.

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Enjoy the rest of your Monday.



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  1. Sounds like a blast! I’m thinking of trying trail running soon just to try something different and you’ve convinced me how awesome it is. I may try this weekend or next depending on when I get brave enough.

  2. I really want to try trail running. It sounds like a lot of fun.
    .-= Whitney @ Lettuce Love´s last blog ..Gabby Eats Collge : Fried Chicken =-.

  3. Congrats on the higher mileage! Haha, Greeks definitely wear pajamas 🙂
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..I’m A Scaredy Cat =-.

  4. That sounds like fun. Congrats to the winner.
    .-= Robin´s last blog ..DNF on my Half Marathon Today =-.

  5. HOW did I miss that giveaway!!???? I love Amazing Grass, I’m so bummed. That must have been one of your posts that I read at 4:00 in the morning when my eyes weren’t quite open yet, and I missed it!

    Trail running rocks – I should look for a running group near where I live so that my poor husband will get a break every once in a while!

    You guys look like you are ready to break into hackey sack at any moment in that pic! 🙂

    Have a great day and congrats on the long run!
    .-= Shari B.´s last blog ..Gotta Getta Garmin =-.

  6. Nice job on the mileage! Thats just fantastic- you earned those ocho equis for sure. I didn’t post this weekend either- I was too exhausted from my group fitness training 🙂 Hope you have a good week
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..Body Pump Training =-.

  7. lol, funny post. great pics :-p

    glad your trail run was fun and not torturous like my recent one! seems like a lot of running-bloggers have been hitting the trails this past week!
    .-= lindsay´s last blog important lesson in racing =-.

  8. wow, that trail running sounds interesting! Great run. A lot of the hard core cyclists in a group I belong to have a few screws loose too lol
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  9. Ooh, like the blog changes!
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  10. I think it’s great that you’re getting into trail running! Before we had our two boys my husband and I really enjoyed running on the trails. In fact, I’d probably be into xterra tris if it weren’t for my fear of speed and rocks on a mountain bike!! Anyways, every time you post about another trail run it makes me want to get back into it!

  11. Your running skills never cease to amaze me.

    And I think that living should always win that toss up 😉
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  12. congrats…and i like the bloggie changes!

    living should ALWAYS win out 🙂
    .-= Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian)´s last blog ..C’est La Vie =-.

  13. So, I came across your blog while searching for the date for this year’s Feronia Funrunium (date’s nowhere to be found– I sure hope they didn’t cancel it!). Just wanted to say hi, as it was our running group (from DC) who showed up in togas (+ 1 of our guys went rogue in red onesie pajamas and aviators). Loved the mention in your blog post 😉

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