This past Saturday & Sunday, a bunch of my local running buddies from our #FightClub running group got together and did something pretty incredible.
I wanted to wait a few days to take a little time to reflect on what we did as a group, and it was pretty incredible…
I’ll take a step back and give you the story first
Earlier in the year, around April, our friend Brian (photo to the right) came to one of our group runs and mentioned running a relay run in order to raise funds for his effort in helping and donating to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the Team in Training program as he gears up for the Marine Corps Marathon in October.
After seeing the toll this disease took on his wife’s family, Brian decided that he wanted to find a way to punch back at the cancer that causes so much heartache.
The decision for everyone to help out with this relay was a no brainer. I think most people in the group knew someone or had a family member that had been affected by cancer and everyone was quick to join.
The 100 Mile Relay Details & An Early Morning Start
The idea behind the relay was simple enough. We would start out at Harper’s Ferry, WV and run along the Appalachian Trail, heading north for 100 miles, until we reached Boiling Springs, PA. From the trail conservatory in Boiling Springs, we would turn onto Boiling Springs Rd. and then down Forge Rd. all the way into downtown Carlisle.
Back in March of 2017, I got the Saucony Xodous ISO from a local running shop. I’ll admit, this was a very sharp looking shoe and I was impressed with it initially.
Now, of course this was in the store and not on the trail, so only time on feet would tell if this shoe would hold up and perform.
Disclaimer: Yes, I’m a man in women’s shoes. I wear a size 7.5 to 8 men’s shoe and I find it hard to get my foot into a comfortable shoe that I like in men’s sizes. So I’ll go over to the women’s section, and if the shoe fits, I’ll wear it. Pink or purple, I don’t care. It’s a conversation piece.
This past weekend I was talked or ‘Peer Pressured’ into #running in the Iron Run Half Marathon at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Not that this was a bad thing, but I had planned to get up early Saturday morning and get my long run in. Planned on 18 miles. But this wasn’t a big deal, I could just get my long run in Sunday instead.
This was the plan.
The Iron Run 1/2 Marathon – Pine Grove Furnace
I wasn’t too worried about the 13.1 miles ahead of me on Saturday morning, so my main goal was to just PR on a half marathon trail race and to just continue to nail down hydration and nutrition before, during and after runs.